DAY 3 — True life is found when we decide to pick up our cross and die daily. Pray that we would find more joy in picking up our cross than growing comfortable in this world.

MATTHEW 16:24-26

“Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?”


We can host the largest event Portland has ever seen, launch the trendiest church, or start a really cool movement, but it all means nothing if Jesus Christ is not at the center. As we begin our pursuit of the Lord in the build-up towards the PDX Fest, re-launch, and beyond, our lives must be in complete submission to the will of God. This first week should inform all of our prayers and work in August. Ask God to reveal what it is you are still hanging onto that is not from Him. Surrender the desires of your heart to Jesus so that he can lead you into more abundant life. Ultimately, we are granted the privilege to pick up our crosses and follow Jesus into a new life. Let's step boldly into what the Lord is doing in Portland that He may increase and we would decrease. Pray that the Lord’s will be done over our will.


  1. Pray the Scripture

    • First, Read the Scripture aloud and pray the exact words back to God. Second, go back through it verse by verse, and in your own words pray to God based on the words in Scripture. Third, take notes of what God revealed to you in that time.

  2. Value Silence

    • Sometimes we may run out of words to say, or maybe you are someone that cannot stop talking to God. In either case, we need to grow comfortable with sitting and growing quiet to hear from the Lord. Remember to rest in God’s presence so that you can hear Him when he speaks to you.

  3. Take Notes

    • In your time of prayer, write down what is you are praying for so that you can look back to see what God did. Also, write down what God is revealing to you. We like to think we will remember everything, but humans are pretty forgetful beings.