From the beginning of Church of the Highlands, the team made it a priority to seek God first in prayer. Today, we do this collectively as a church in January and August through 21 Days of Prayer. These two months are intentional, as they begin new seasons of the year.
Every year, hundreds of churches gather together during these prayer seasons to seek God collectively as a family of believers. If you sense that God has more in store for your church, 21 Days of Prayer is a great place to start believing Him for all that He has for you and your congregation.
Why 21 Days?
The team at Highlands determined that these “seasons of prayer” twice a year would last 21 days from the following verses in Daniel 10:12-14:
Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”
Daniel sought the Lord in prayer, and from the first day he started praying, the Angel of the Lord was activated; however, he met some resistance along the way and had to battle in the spiritual realm for 21 days. After those 21 days, he appeared to Daniel to interpret his vision and answer his request.
We believe that when we pray, something happens immediately in the spiritual. However, we understand that there are both Kingdoms of Light and Darkness at work, so we set aside 21 days to pray as a congregation and seek God and His truth for our families, cities, nation, and world.
What Does 21 Days of Prayer Look Like?
As mentioned earlier, 21 Days of Prayer occurs twice a year - once in January and once in August. Each of these months symbolizes new beginnings and offer an excellent time to gather people for prayer.
Prayer and Fasting
During the January season of 21 Days of Prayer, we encourage fasting as a spiritual next step that can bring clarity and revelation into people’s lives. Whether it’s a physical fast, media fast, or something else, we encourage everyone to give up something for 21 days to focus more on God.
Prayer Service Structure
At Highlands, 21 Days of Prayer is held Monday - Friday at 6:00 AM CT and Saturday at 9:00 AM CT. The Sunday worship experience counts as the prayer service for Sunday.
Each prayer service lasts one hour and consists of live worship, a word of encouragement, individual prayer time, and corporate prayer. On the last day of 21 Days of Prayer, the finale service is a combination of worship and corporate prayer throughout the hour, giving everyone a time to celebrate the prayer season together as a congregation.
To watch a pre-recorded prayer service from Highlands’ 21 Days of Prayer, click here.
How Can I Get Involved with 21 Days of Prayer?
There are multiple ways you can be involved with 21 Days of Prayer, so read below for ways your church can partner with us!
Live-streaming with Highlands
During the 21 Days of Prayer season, Highlands will live-stream their prayer services Monday - Friday at 6:00 AM CT and Saturday at 9:00 AM CT, and we would love for your church to join us here!
To better serve you and the people of Highlands, each prayer service is available for playback for 24 hours online so that you can watch the service at a time that works best for you and your congregation.
Hosting Your Own 21 DOP
If you are interested in hosting your own 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting services, there are tons of resources available on Grow Online that can help you plan a powerful and life-changing 21 Days for your congregation! Check out some of these resources below and more on Grow Online:
Upcoming 21 Days of Prayer
August 2-22, 2020 - Prayer and Fasting
Pastor Chris has called Church of the Highlands to a season of prayer and fasting this August and wants you and your church to be a part as well! There is something powerful that happens when the Church gathers together to seek God through prayer and fasting, and our world has never needed a greater move of God than it does right now.
Whether you’re live-streaming Highlands’ prayer services or hosting your own, we want to know so that we can come alongside you and help you create an amazing 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting experience for your church through trainings and resources!
If you’d like to be a part of 21 Days of Prayer, email our team at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get you connected with more prayer resources and training!
We hope this post has given you a better understanding of 21 Days of Prayer and how you can be a part. We’re praying that you and your church will have an amazing 21 Days of Prayer this season!