History is full of stories of times when God has stirred His church to awaken; to hunger for more of His presence and pray for Him to move in fresh and powerful ways. There are many accounts of awakenings in our own city, where the church has devoted itself to prayer, and people have come to faith in their thousands.
Across the world, many Christians are sensing that this is an important season, in which God is again awakening His church and causing us to hope and dream that He will do something remarkable in our generation. So we want to begin 2019 with a short, sharp, sermon series – like a spiritual wake-up call – calling us to play our part in God’s plans for our city.
In this series, entitled Awaken, we will look at some of the spiritual practices that typically precede a fresh move of God: devotion to prayer, longing for His presence, the discipline of fasting, and a commitment to following Him wholeheartedly. We hope this series will help us go deeper in our relationship with Jesus, as individuals, but also as a whole church. As we give ourselves to God in prayer, who knows what He might choose to do through us?
Alongside this series, we have put together a short survey, which we hope will assist you in reflecting on your own spiritual life. This survey is completely anonymous. It is designed to help you think about steps you may want to take in following Jesus in 2019, and will also help us know how we can serve you better.
You may also want to read some books that will stir your faith and help you grow in prayer. I’m sure we will mention plenty of resources as we go through the series, but here are a few suggestions to get you going.
Dirty Glory by Pete Greig is a fantastic account of the story of the 24-7 prayer movement. It will inspire you about what is possible through prayer, and will encourage you to take steps in learning to pray.
Other great books on prayer include those by Philip Yancey, Tim Keller and Richard Foster, and The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard is a brilliant introduction to spiritual disciplines, including prayer, fasting, and solitude.
When God Breaks In by Michael Green and A God-Sized Vision by Hansen and Woodbridge are both full of accounts of some of the ways God has moved in the past, encouraging us to believe that He might do it again.
You may also want to check out the Daily Devotions we created for our Week of Prayer.