Welcome to #365Watch2021! We enter our 9th year of continuous prayer at ESCC…albeit a bit differently this year!
Our key scripture for 2021 is Matthew 22:37-39 – Jesus answered him, ‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being & with every thought that is within you. This is the great & supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance. You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself .’
Our scriptures for 2020 – Acts 20:20 & Isaiah 58:12 were certainly prophetic. Who could have known when we sensed the Lord’s direction for 2020 (back in August 2019) what the world would be facing. 2020 certainly reset every sphere of society & every structure. For the church a reset is a new wine skin. He’s pouring out new wine. The old mindset – the way we always did it – has been challenged.
While our specific focus may change, our vision remains the same with the mandate of Matthew 28:19-20 weaving its way through everything we do:
‘Therefore, GO & make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father & the Son & the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…’
ESCC – our vision is clear: Being disciples who are making disciples that make disciples!
OUR TESTIMONY TO 8 YEARS OF PRAYER
2013 : 365Watch – Add a brick to the wall. Every day of the year covered.
2014 : 365Watch – Add a layer to the wall. Multiple people praying every day of the year.
2015 : 365Watch – Add nuclear families to the wall. Nehemiah, build in front of you.
2016 : 366Watch – Add cell families to the wall. Locking & unlocking. Matt 16:19.
2017 : 365Watch – Add cell families and a number of D4J local churches. Claim ground – Josh 1:3.
2018 : 365Watch – Shift atmospheres. Build houses & plant gardens. Pray for the city. Jer 29:5-7.
2019 : 365Watch – From Vine to Wine… Intimacy to fruitfulness. John 15:16.
2020 : 366Watch – Acts 20:20 through the lens of Is 58:12. The 2020 Challenge!
2021 : 365Watch – Matthew 22:37-39 … 2020Challenge = Face To Face (Genesis 32:30).
For 2020 – the 20:20 Daily Challenge.
For 2021 the 20:20 Challenge is called FaceToFace.
20 minutes connecting with God each day & 20 minutes connecting with someone each day.
We don’t believe that the prayer focus for 2020 is over – we need to build on it for 2021. While Bruce was preaching on ‘Walking with a limp’ a few months back – he mentioned Peniel (Gen 32:30) ‘Jacob named the place Peniel for I have seen God face to face’. We sensed the Lord directing us here for 2021. To build on our 2020Challenge – FACE TO FACE with God & FACE TO FACE reaching someone else through discipling community, family, workplace, 3rd space, etc – often discipling/serving where you walk with a limp. This links directly with our 2021 key scripture of Matthew 22:37-39.
-we’re building on our 2020 focus – Acts 20:20 They met from house to house & in the temple
-through the lens of Is 58:12 – make the community liveable again
-always based on our mandate of Matt 28:19-20
– 2020Challenge is called FACE TO FACE based on Gen 32:30
– inseparable from our 2021 scripture Matt 22:37-39 Love God, Love people!
It’s never by chance that we live in a particular city or community. Love God, love people and transform our community. Our city is one of the most beautiful in the world, with thousands of churches, and yet ranked within the top 10 of the most dangerous cities. The Lord gives us clear direction in Isaiah 58 to change this & ‘make the community liveable again.’ It takes a movement of prayer & action to do this!
HOW IT WORKS?
Your cell group will be given a date (where possible, the same date as last year). For example: the 3rd of every month. You & your cell family pray on the same day.
Use your WhatsApp groups to remind, encourage & share on that day.
The prayer focus changes every month, but the theme remains the same throughout the year.
If you’re not in a cell group at ESCC, you are welcome to select any day of the month to pray (see below).
‘If we could see what happens when we pray, we would never cease to pray.’ (Louie Giglio).
‘God doesn’t give cities to churches but rather He gives churches to cities to impact them with the gospel.’
HERE’S HOW TO GET HOLD OF YOUR GUIDELINES :
- Monthly easy-to-use printed guidelines for adults and young children will be available at the INFO desk once we can gather again on a Sunday.
- Download our Prayer App HERE…:
- Download the latest guidelines for adults and for children from the website
- Follow us on Instagram
- Follow us on Twitter
- Follow us on Facebook
Save our phone number on your cell phone NOW to ensure that you get your reminder each month via a WHATSAPP broadcast:
ESCC: 021 975 1983
January prayer is covered by our Intercessory prayer groups, Elders & Staff. From 1st February – you get to join. Enjoy intimacy with our Father FACE TO FACE, connect with people and transform our city!