PRAYER SUGGESTIONS

Our movement launches with 40 days of continuous prayer as we ask God to ignite in us a lifestyle of radical dependence. Below you will find prayer topics and suggestions to use each time you pray.




Posture of Radical Dependence

  • Mon | Sep 30
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Give me a personal heart for radical dependence.

      - Mold and shape me into one who prays, growing in intimacy and faith in God.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - What can we learn about dependence as we look at Christ's example of prayer (Luke 3:21,22; 4:1; 5:15-16; 6:12-13; Luke 9:18, 28; 11:11; 19:45-46; 22:44; 23:44-46; 24:50)?

      - What might it look like in your life to be radically dependent on God?

      - Describe a time in your life when you observed or practiced radical dependence on God.

    • Action Steps

      - Take time to review and reflect on the sermon from Sunday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 15. Ask God to increase your capacity for Him.

      - Begin journaling your prayers, thoughts, and observations as we venture together on this prayer journey this season.

  • Tue | Oct 1
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Give Perimeter Church a heart of radical dependence.

      - We confess our selfishness and self-dependence.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - In what ways might radical dependence on God through prayer affect Perimeter Church?

      - What do you long to see as a result of radical dependence both as an individual and as a church?

      - What do you find most challenging about trusting God? How has your faith been challenged by selfishness and self-dependence?

    • Action Steps

      - During this season, there will be a time of corporate prayer in the Ministry Center on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 PM. We want to invite those of you that are willing, to join others in fasting on Tuesdays (a meal or two, or even the entire day). For more helpful resources on fasting, please see the link below.

      - Fasting Resources

         2019 Fasting Guide (PDF)

         Fasting MP3, by Randy Pope (MP3)

         Fasting Tips, by Dr. Julio Ruibal (PDF)

      - Spending an hour in prayer seems like an impossible task to many. We often find ourselves too busy to pray. Take a look at your schedule and honestly evaluate where you can reprioritize prayer into your daily/weekly routine.

  • Wed | Oct 2
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for a heart of radical dependence for our staff and officers.

      - Remind us that in weakness and dependence on You is where we find grace and power.

    • Scripture

      2 Corinthians 11:30-12:10 (ESV)

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Recall a time when God answered your prayer. How did that grow your faith in Him?

      - Consider your goals and desires in life. What orientation do they have?

      - What has been a prayer that God has not yet answered? How does that challenge your prayer life?

    • Action Steps

      - Write down specific prayer requests, requests that would seem so impossible unless God intervened. Commit to praying for these things throughout this season

      - As a part of your journaling, keep a log of prayer requests and answers/updates.

  • Thu | Oct 3
     
    • Prayer Target

      - You are the vine and we are the branches. Teach us to depend on and find life in You.

    • Scripture

      John 15:1-5

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Abiding means to remain. As followers of Christ, we are to remain in Him as He remains in us. How is this comforting to you?

      - What challenges or obstacles do you encounter as you seek to abide with Christ?

      - What does it look like to have "fruit" in your life? Where do you desire to see fruitfulness?

    • Action Steps

      - Our identity is often wrapped up in what we do or have done which can lead to shame or prideful boasting. Consider what it means to find your identity in Christ and what Scripture declares you to be.

  • Fri | Oct 4
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Make us a people who pray without ceasing.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - What do you think it means to pray without ceasing? How is this possible?

      - What obstacles stand in your way when it comes to developing an attitude of prayer?

      - What do you want your prayer life to look like?

    • Action Steps

      - Seek to develop an attitude of prayer. Practice this by going on a prayer walk. Observe what is around you. Move intentionally and ask God to open your spiritual eyes.

  • Sat | Oct 5
     
    • Prayer Target

      - You are our God, a refuge and strong tower. We long to be Your people.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 61

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Have you ever agonized over a prayer request? What was it and what outcome was there (if any)?

      - When you are faced with a difficult situation, do you run to God or try to solve it on your own? Why do you choose one over the other?

      - What do you think it means to take "refuge under the shelter of Your wings"?

    • Action Steps

      - Corporate worship has been an important part the Christian life throughout history. Take time today to pray for the services this weekend, even taking time to prepare your heart to worship together with others.

  • Sun | Oct 6
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We wait for You, turning our heart to You because You are our salvation and hope.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 51

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Salvation means we have been delivered and rescued from ruin, specifically sin and death. Experiencing brokenness and sorrow over sin reminds the Christian of the atoning work of Christ. In what ways are you still wrestling with sin in your life?

      Psalm 51 seems like David is throwing himself a pity party. How do we know that David is not wallowing in self misery?

      - What ought to be the response of the repentant sinner? How does a disciple of Jesus live in victory in the gospel even though we are troubled with sin every moment of every day?

    • Action Steps

      - Stopping to admit guilt and shame is painful. But praise God for His great mercy (Eph. 2:4-5)! Write our your prayer of repentance and preach the gospel to yourself.

  • Mon | Oct 7
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We confess that we lean first to planning and strategy before seeking Your face in radical dependence.

      - Oh that we would be a people that hunger and thirst for You.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 63

    • Song

      Satisfied

    • Questions for Reflection

      - How have you found yourself to be too easily satisfied by the things of this world?

      - Do you ever doubt that God's way are not higher than your ways? If so, why do you think that may be?

      - Psalm 63:8 says, "my soul clings to You; Your right hand upholds me." How have you looked to hold fast to God, both in times of need and plenty?

    • Action Steps

      - Revisit those specific, seemingly impossible, prayer requests from a week ago. If you haven't been praying over those things, take time today to pray, asking God to build up your faith that He is sovereign over all things. Write them down and leave it in a place where you will come across it throughout your day/week.

  • Tue | Oct 8
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Remind us of Your great love and draw Your people close to You.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 86

    • Questions for Reflection

      - As we learn to practice radical dependence in prayer and repentance, it is good to be reminded that God is actively pursuing and fighting for us. As you read Psalm 86, what verse most resonates with you? Explain.

      - Again, consider God's faithfulness by recalling answered prayer (see v. 7). Take time to praise God for the great and wonderful things He has done, is doing, and will do.

      - What comfort do you find in following Christ? What is a recent joy that you have experienced because of your faith in Christ?

    • Action Steps

      - Take time to be in God's creation. Whether it is a walk around the neighborhood, on your porch/backyard, or a nearby park, reflect on Psalm 86:8-13. Pray through those verses, write them out, and commit a verse to memory.

      - Again, we want to invite you to join others in fasting on Tuesdays. See the Fasting Guide for tips and suggestions.

  • Wed | Oct 9
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Teach us that the wisdom and ways of God are higher than the ways of this world.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - How has being a follower of Christ re-oriented your heart, values, and pursuits?

      - Paul often talks about weakness and strength/power in 1-2 Corinthians (1 Cor 1:25, 27; 2:3, 5; 15:43; 2 Cor 12:9; 13:3, 4, 9). How might that teach us about radical dependence?

      - Have you ever been ashamed of the gospel? What do you think led to that sense of shame? Are you in a place of shame now?

    • Action Steps

      - List those things for which you are grateful. Consider the reasons why you are thankful for those things. Also, pray for your continued transformation, being made more and more holy.


Power Of Spirit-Filled Expectation

  • Thu | Oct 10
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Remind us that You know us, and that we are Your children.

    • Scripture

      Romans 6:1-14

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Know, Consider, Present. If you have been at Perimeter for more than a couple of years, it is very likely you have seen and heard those three words quite often. Today we will take a closer look at the word "know".

      - What does walking in the Spirit of God mean? How does walking in the Spirit help us to overcome living a life of sin? Is it possible to overcome sinfulness on our own will power?

      - Often we are driven by what we feel, not on the Truth that we know. Look at verses 3, 6, and 9. What is Paul exhorting us to know from these verses? Why is it so important for us to know what God has done? How does that knowledge help us in walking in the Spirit?

    • Action Steps

      - Need a refresher on know, consider, present (appropriating the power of the Spirit)? Click below.

  • Fri | Oct 11
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Enable us to daily consider the Gospel, that we lost it all, You did it all, and that we get it all.

    • Scripture

      Romans 6:1-14

    • Song

      It Is Well

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Know, Consider, Present. Today we will take a closer look at the word "consider".

      - How is your life different because of the good news of Jesus in your life? What attitudes and routines have changed? What areas do you need continued growth and maturity?

      - It is a challenge to consciously (and unconsciously) preach the gospel to yourself each day (not that we are being saved again and again; rather it is a daily reminder of the truth we so often forget). What practical steps can you take to consider what you know so as to keep walking in the Spirit?

    • Action Steps

      - Will you commit to pray the following prayer throughout this week, throughout each day? "Lord, may I be resolved to consider what I know and to present to You my body and its members as instruments of righteousness."

      - Did you know that Watershed (the high school ministry of Perimeter) has been praying for Johns Creek HS? Would you join them as they pray this month to see God work in that school? Pray for the students, faculty, staff, and the families in that cluster. Ask God for people to come to faith, for the emotional and mental health of students and teachers, and for God to raise up a generation of disciples.

  • Sat | Oct 12
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May we present ourselves to You as instruments of righteousness.

    • Scripture

      Romans 6:1-14

    • Song

      The Stand

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Know, Consider, Present. Today we will take a closer look at the word "present".

      - Based on this passage, we either present ourselves as instruments of righteousness or unrighteousness. What does submission and surrender to the Holy Spirit look like in your life? How often do you pursue and desire those things?

      - Pride and self-glory keep us from saying, "I can't." This passage, however, isn't teaching us to be quitters. Rather, it is a passage about Lordship and the reality that we are nothing without Christ. In what ways do you see pride creeping into your justification and sanctification? Why is that so dangerous?

    • Action Steps

      - One way to keep this teaching applicable is by seeking to live it out with people around you. Who are people that you can remind and encourage with the gospel? Who would stand to benefit from your coaching to consider what we know? Who can you labor alongside, encouraging one another to present ourselves as instruments of righteousness?

  • Sun | Oct 13
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Make us into a wise people, not wise as in the ways of the world but according to the Your Spirit.

      - Give us an ability to honor and glorify You in all we do.

      - Keep our eyes and hearts fixed on You and not lust after the things of this world

    • Scripture

      Ephesians 5:15-21

    • Song

      Only Jesus

    • Questions for Reflection

      - In the earlier verses of Ephesians 5, Paul calls on believers to walk as children of light. The light reveals and makes clear whereas the darkness obscures and conceals. What, if anything, are you afraid to bring into the light?

      - Paul goes on to exhort the church to not live foolishly (disobedient to the promise and hope that children of God have). He also warns against losing control. Do you struggle with foolish living and the lack of self-control?

      - Paul pairs each negative command with a positive command (Be wise, that is, obedient to the revealed will of God, and be filled with the Spirit, that is, have self-control). Are there areas in your life that you have not sought after obedience and Spirit-filled living? Remember that your acceptance as a child of God is not dependent on your performance. Remember KCP. How can you present yourself as an instrument of righteousness today?

    • Action Steps

      - It is very easy to get into a performance trap when studying and praying for obedience to God. Take some time today to remind yourself of passages like Ephesians 2:1-10. It is by grace that you have been saved; not a result of works! Read again 2 Corinthians 5:21. Praise Jesus for His work on the cross. Take time to write out a prayer of thanksgiving and praise.

      - Fasting can be an incredible way to be reminded about self-denial and sacrifice. If you choose to fast a meal or for a day, remember to spend time intentionally pursuing the Lord through the Word and in prayerful thought.

      - Fasting Resources

         2019 Fasting Guide (PDF)

         Fasting MP3, by Randy Pope (MP3)

         Fasting Tips, by Dr. Julio Ruibal (PDF)

  • Mon | Oct 14
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Teach us to worship You in gratitude, faith, and love.

      - May we be a thankful people, grateful for Your sovereignty and provision in our lives.

      - Teach us humility and how to lovingly serve others without an expectation of return.

    • Scripture

      Ephesians 5:15-21

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Life of worship (v. 19) - How can you grow in your personal worship (not just in terms of frequency)? What sort of intimacy do you desire in your relationship with God?

      - Life of thanksgiving (v. 20) - How do you think obedience relates to thanksgiving? Is it possible to be thankful even in the midst of suffering? How?

      - Life of submission and faith (v. 21) - Why do you think submission is so negatively conceived in our culture today? How does the gospel motivate and challenge you to pursue submission and humility?

    • Action Steps

      - Stop to write down the names of the people who have most influenced your life toward a life of Spirit-filled living. What did they say or do that was so influential? Have you ever taken the time to thank them. And who are you influencing toward a life of Spirit-filled living?

  • Tue | Oct 15
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May we be a church that is filled with the Holy Spirit and that our responses would be rooted in the love of God.

      - We ask that there would be a pervasive culture of obedience at Perimeter.

    • Scripture

      1 John 2:1-6

    • Questions for Reflection

      - John exhorts his audience to pursue holiness and righteous living. He does this by pointing to the work of Jesus on the cross. Why is it so important for our obedience to rooted in that work?

      - Propitiation is not a word that we commonly use or hear. The ESV Study Bible puts it this way: propitiation is "a sacrifice that bear's God's wrath and turns it to favor." There is a two-fold act that happens at the cross (1) Christ bears the punishment of our sin (and God's wrath) and (2) Christ's righteousness is given to us.

      - In light of this passage, how can you seek to better abide (remain) in Christ? Praise God that He dwells in our hearts and intercedes for us!

    • Action Steps

      - 1 John 2:1 says that Jesus Christ is our Advocate. What are the ways that Jesus intercedes for you? What else is Jesus to us? List those things down and take some time to worship Him for all that He means to you.

      - Fasting is often associated with abstaining from food for a period of time. An alternative would be to fast from some other activity or item (social media, television, or another form of entertainment) that you could instead use to spend time together with God.

      - During this season, there will be a time of corporate prayer in the Ministry Center on Tuesday evenings starting at 6:30 PM. We want to invite those of you that are willing, to join others in fasting on Tuesdays (a meal or two, or even the entire day). For more helpful resources on fasting, please see the links below.

      - Fasting Resources

         2019 Fasting Guide (PDF)

         Fasting MP3, by Randy Pope (MP3)

         Fasting Tips, by Dr. Julio Ruibal (PDF)

  • Wed | Oct 16
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of repentance at Perimeter.

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of forgiveness at Perimeter.

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of self-denial and sacrifice at Perimeter.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Solomon's dedication of the temple was quite a scene. The temple was lavishly furnished (2 Chronicles 4:1-5:1), the amount of sacrifices was in the tens of thousands (2 Chronicles 7:5), and God's glory literally filled the place (2 Chronicles 7:1-3). And yet God calls upon His people to humility and repentance.

      - When you read v. 14, what is most prominent to you? Is it the call and act of repentance (humble, pray, seek, and turn) or the outcome of repentance (forgiveness of sin and healing of the land)?

      - What healing do you long for in your life and in our land? What does a pervasive culture of prayer, repentance, forgiveness, and sacrifice look like to you? What would have to happen or change?

    • Action Steps

      - In case you have not been reviewing your prayer journal, take some time today to do so. What are you specifically praying for? What is something that you are praying for that is so impossible unless God intervened? Do you have any updates to any of these prayers?

  • Thu | Oct 17
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of prayer at Perimeter.

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of evangelism and discipleship at Perimeter.

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of generosity at Perimeter.

    • Scripture

      Ephesians 6:10-20

    • Questions for Reflection

      - List the items in this inventory. What items most intrigue or intimidate you? Why? And why is it important for the people of God's Kingdom to be "outfitted" in this way?

      - What do you long for God to do in and through Perimeter as we rise to stand and fight the enemy? With Christ as our champion, what are you longing to see accomplished?

      - "We do not pray about spiritual warfare. Prayer itself is spiritual warfare." How do you plan to keep alert with all perseverance (v. 18)? In your mind does the season of prayer end with this campaign? Pray for a pervasive culture of prayer at Perimeter!

    • Action Steps

      - As you pray for radical dependence in your life and at Perimeter, make sure to attend one of the upcoming Vision Meetings (Sunday, October 20, 27, Nov 3, or Thursday, October 24). There you will hear how you can partner with the church and God over the next couple of years.

  • Fri | Oct 18
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of thanksgiving at Perimeter.

      - We pray for a pervasive culture of expectancy at Perimeter.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 136

    • Questions for Reflection

      - This is a highly repetitive psalm and the temptation is to skip every other line. Examine the phrase "for his steadfast love endures forever." What benefit can this phrase provide in our church?

      - Psalm 136 recalls creation, Israel's release from Egypt, and God's provision in the wilderness as they headed toward the promised land. How has God guided you in your life? How have you witnessed God's steadfast love in your life?

      - When was the last time you thought about heaven and spending eternity with God? Why do you think we don't talk about heaven as much today?

    • Action Steps

      - Believe it or not, the holiday season is right around the corner. Let's start praying specifically for family, friends, and neighbors as Thanksgiving and Christmas near. Also, begin praying now for the people that you plan to invite during Advent.

  • Sat | Oct 19
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray that Perimeter would be a place that had an expectancy of what You will do in and through Perimeter for Your glory.

      - We long for Your return, oh Christ!

    • Scripture

      Ephesians 3:14-21

    • Questions for Reflection

      - We are halfway through this specific season of prayer. How have you seen growth in faith and prayer in this time? What benefits have you experienced through nurturing your prayer life?

      - What challenges or roadblocks have you been made more aware of during this season? Has a posture of prayer in radical dependence "solved" anything? Should our expectation be that God make things "easier"? Why or why not?

      - What answers to prayer have you begun to see? What can you celebrate and thank God for twenty days into this season? For what are you hopeful for in the next twenty days? And beyond that?

    • Action Steps

      - Go on a prayer walk. Whether it is in your neighborhood, work place, shopping center, a park, or a local school, make your prayers specific. Ask God to open your eyes to the various needs and hurts in that area. Ask God for boldness and courage as you interact with neighbors, even strangers. And ask the Spirit to work in the hearts of the people that you encounter.

      - Consider joining the Watershed ministry as they prayer walk around Johns Creek HS. For more information, visit the Six:Ten website linked below.


Plan of Spiritual Multiplication

  • Sun | Oct 20
     
    • Prayer Target

      - That which You’ve entrusted to us, God, would we be faithful to entrust to others

    • Scripture

      2 Timothy 2:1-3

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the next ten days we will be praying for God to stir our hearts to intentionally share the gospel. Who is someone that is proximate to you that you desire to see to come to Christ?

      - Who shared the gospel with you? How old were you? What were your life circumstances then?

      - Is multiplying your spiritual life a priority to you? Why or why not? Ask God to increase that desire to share your faith with others.

    • Action Steps

      Think about the people that God used to bring you to faith in Him. Parents, children, siblings, grandparents, classmates, co-workers? Take time today to thank God for them and if possible, reach out to them and express your thanks to God for them!

  • Mon | Oct 21
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Make us a church obedient to the Great Commission

    • Scripture

      Matthew 28:19-20

    • Song

      I Will Go

    • Questions for Reflection

      - The imperative in this passage is to make disciples. Because of faithful people who shared the gospel with us, we benefit from a saving relationship with Christ. How are you participating in this Great Commission?

      - We all have fears and hesitations when it comes to sharing our faith. What are your fears? Take time today to confess those things to God, asking Him to help you overcome your fears.

      - Jesus promises, "I am with you always, to the end of the age." How do Jesus' words in v.20 comfort you? How does His presence motivate us to be faithful disciple makers?

    • Action Steps

      - Are you participating in or leading a discipleship group this year? If so, contact the people in your group today, expressing your love and appreciation for them. Also, pray specifically that God would bring at least one person to faith through the relationships in your group.

      - If you are not in a group you can still join in the unified prayer of the church to see 300 people come to faith this next year. Be bold in your requests as you approach His throne (Heb. 4:16)!

  • Tue | Oct 22
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May we be ambassadors of the Gospel that are motivated by the love of Christ

    • Questions for Reflection

      - What gets you motivated to do something? What do you think that reveals about your wiring and personality? How might you be tempted to use that as an excuse not to share the gospel?

      - Reread these verses. What verse or phrase most stands out to you? How do these words comfort, motivate, and encourage you?

      - The ministry of reconciliation isn't a work for a select few but for all followers of Christ. Consider your gifts, personality, and relationships. God has uniquely made and called you as an ambassador for His Kingdom. Ask God to make it abundantly clear to whom you can share the gospel.

    • Action Steps

      - Go on another prayer walk in the same place. Again, make your prayers specific. Look for familiar faces and people, learning names as you go (don't forget to write them down if you're prone to forget). Again, ask for boldness and that the Spirit would lead you.

      - If you have not yet taken a fast (of a single or multiple meals, or an earthly luxury/comfort), would you prayerfully consider taking one? Remember, when abstaining from food or a comfort, replace that time being in the Word and in prayer.

  • Wed | Oct 23
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray that every member would multiply their faith.

    • Scripture

      Luke 9:23-25

    • Song

      Heal Us

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Self-denial and sacrifice are not natural inclinations for most people. What are things in your life that distract or hinder your growth as a child of God? What would it take to "lay aside every weight and sin" that entangles (Heb. 12:1-3)?

      -  If we're honest with ourselves, there likely have been moments when we've been ashamed of the gospel (or have compromised our faith for the sake of personal comfort or the approval of others). Remind yourself of the glorious benefits of being a child of God. In other words, what is the "all" that we "get" in the gospel?

      - How do self-denial and sacrifice go hand in hand with the ministry of reconciliation?

    • Action Steps

      - Join our student ministry team as they pray for God to do a work in and through the students, faculty, and staff at Johns Creek HS. Let us ask God for people to come to faith, for the emotional and mental health of students and teachers, and for God to raise up a generation of disciples.

  • Thu | Oct 24
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray that we would see 20% growth at Perimeter through new believers in the next two years. We pray for all involved in discipleship groups this ministry year (KIDS, Jhi, Watershed, Adults)

    • Scripture

      Acts 2:1-47

    • Questions for Reflection

      - The Holy Spirit was the main reason for the explosion of growth in the early church. How have you witnessed the power of the Holy Spirit in your life?

      - How do you want to see the Holy Spirit work in and through Perimeter Church today? What work of God do you long to see and be a part of?

      - Persecution and ridicule was a part of the early church experience, and it still is today (John 15:18-19; 1 Peter 4:12). How do you grow in your love for the lost in spite of these experiences?

    • Action Steps

      - Peter was unapologetically bold in his Pentecost sermon (vv. 14-36) but it was the work of the Holy Spirit that cut people's hearts (v. 37). Take time today praying for this weekend's message, asking God to bring a revival as He did in Acts 2. Also pray that God would use the leaders of KIDS Discipleship, KIdsQuest, Jhi, and Watershed as they boldly proclaim the gospel (and that the Holy Spirit would move in the hearts of children and students).

  • Fri | Oct 25
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Give me opportunity and boldness to share the gospel with three people in this season

    • Scripture

      Acts 4:1-22

    • Song

      Surrender

    • Questions for Reflection

      - When was the last time you prayed that you would be "filled with the Holy Spirit"?

      - Verse 13 notes the boldness of Peter and John and that they were recognized as having been with Jesus. As you walk with Jesus, what do you desire God would do in and through you? Be as specific as you can be.

      - "..for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard (v. 20)." Our story of faith is worth sharing but too often we find ourselves afraid that we won't have answers to the questions of non-believers. If you would like more equipping on how to share your faith story, plan to attend the next Express Your Faith seminar on Nov. 1-2.

    • Action Steps

      - Do you have three people who do not know Jesus in mind? Commit to pray for them today. What do you perceive are their biggest obstacles to coming to faith? Ask God to give you boldness and opportunity to share the gospel with them. Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

  • Sat | Oct 26
     
    • Prayer Target

      - Give me opportunity to disciple three people toward spiritual growth and maturity. 

    • Scripture

      Acts 4:23-37

    • Song

      How Great Thou Art

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Notice that Peter and John go back to their friends upon their release (v.23). What role does the Christian community play in the work of spiritual multiplication (evangelism and discipleship)?

      - It's easy to overlook that the disciples prayed for boldness instead of the ceasing of persecution or for less resistance to the gospel. Have you prayed for boldness recently? What does boldness look like for you?

      - It is inspiring to see the unity of the early church in Acts. How do you long to see unity in the Church today? Pray not only for your own boldness, but also for the boldness of your brothers and sisters in Christ here at Perimeter.

    • Action Steps

      - Also, notice that Peter and John base their prayer on Scripture. This is a excellent way to learn and grow in your prayer life. Practice praying through a psalm (i.e., Psalm 1, 23, 51, 121) or passage of Scripture like Ephesians 3:14-21.

  • Sun | Oct 27
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We boldly pray that the number of adults involved in spiritually multiplying discipleship to double in the next two years. We pray for more spiritually multiplying discipleship group leaders

    • Scripture

      Acts 6:1-7

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Through generosity and serving the needs of the community we see another comment about the multiplicative growth of the early church. What obstacles do you think today's church must overcome to see such growth?

      - How equipped do you feel you are to be a disciple-maker? What excites you about being a disciple-maker?

      - It is easy to want and receive the benefits of discipleship. In reality, discipleship takes up much time and energy. Can you recall fruit from your life investment in others? How can you continue to grow into a multiplying disciple?

    • Action Steps

      - Who are the people outside of church that you run into on a regular basis (neighbors, servers, family)? Write down their names and the next time you plan to see or interact with them. Ask God for boldness to shift those conversations to spiritual conversations. Pray that the Holy Spirit would prepare their hearts for that interaction.

  • Mon | Oct 28
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for our LOLMD ministry and partners. We pray for our LOLMD partners in the nations (Brazil, Poland, China, South Africa, etc.). We pray for our local partners in the United States. We pray for the upcoming LOLMD clinics on October 18-19 and November 7-9.

    • Scripture

      Acts 9:26-31

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Saul's (later called Paul) conversion was met with suspicion by believers in Jerusalem. It was through relationship with Barnabas that Paul launched his ministry. Who are people in your life that you could be a "Barnabas" for? 

      - What is something that you can do to support the work of spiritual multiplication here at Perimeter and beyond? How might God be calling you to increase your faithfulness in this area?

      - Compare Acts 1:8 with Acts 9:31. Spirit-filled multiplication was happening in Jerusalem, Judea, Galilee, and Samaria. Where can we expect to see the disciples going in the remainder of the book of Acts? What is at the center of this growth?

    • Action Steps

      - Our partners in the US and across the globe need your prayers. Pray for upcoming Life-on-Life Missional Discipleship clinics, the LOLMD team, and for churches that are seeking to be faithful makers of disciplemakers.

      - Visit the Life of Life website for more information.

  • Tue | Oct 29
     
    • Prayer Target

      - We pray for Express Your Faith on November 1-2. We pray for the Investigative Forum next Spring.

    • Scripture

      Acts 11:19-26

    • Questions for Reflection

      - The persecution of Christians (and the death of Stephen) may have scattered believers but even this God uses to expand His Kingdom. How might God be using persecution today to grow and purify the Church?

      - More than human skill or knowledge, the church grows because of God's direct involvement. Have you been praying for God to move to bring people to faith? How do you desire to be used of God in this movement?

      - Barnabas and Saul partner together in the work at Antioch (along with the other believers there). What are some ways that you can partner with other believers to see non-believers around you hear the good news of Christ?

    • Action Steps

      - Once more, go on a prayer walk in the same place. Like Paul in Athens (Acts 17), what do you observe? Are you finding any possible avenues to begin spiritual conversations? Challenge yourself to greet someone and ask them about their story. Know that God is with you; ask the Spirit to fill your heart.

      - We have just two more Tuesday Corporate Prayer times left in this particular season of prayer. If you are able, join the Perimeter family in unified, corporate prayer!


Purpose of Kingdom Flourishing

  • Wed | Oct 30
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Johns Creek.

      - We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field, and for GO Journey teams.

    • Scripture

      John 14:15-26

    • Questions for Reflection

      - A life of obedience to God is challenging because of the many distractions that draw our attention away from Him. Are you able to identify those things that most distract you from a life of obedience? What are they?

      - Praise God that He promises to help us (through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit)! What is a life situation where you can ask the Holy Spirit to come and give you power (appropriate the power of the Holy Spirit)? How might God's intervention in that bring glory to Him?

      - Pursuit of God's Kingdom requires an obedience and submission to the King. In what ways have you found yourself to build up your own kingdom and establish yourself as king?

    • Action Steps

      - Over the next ten days we will be praying for the ten cities where the majority of Perimeter people live. Pray specifically for the schools, businesses, other churches, and the people who live in these places. If your city is featured, consider going on a prayer walk/drive of city hall, your closest school, or a major shopping area.

  • Thu | Oct 31
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Peachtree Corners.

      - We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      Our Father in Heaven. "Our kingdom" prayers are focused on the self but "Your Kingdom" prayers increase our capacity and desire for God (and His people).

      - Would you describe your prayer life as being more about ritual as opposed to relationship? How does seeing God as Father change how we pray?

    • Action Steps

      - As you pray for the peace, welfare, and flourishing of our cities, consider the Hebrew word "shalom" and the Greek word "eirene". Watch this helpful video linked below.

      The Bible Project - Shalom Video

      
       

       

  • Fri | Nov 1
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Berkeley Lake.

      - We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      Hallowed be (Holy is) Your name. "Our kingdom" prayers are desirous of making a name for ourselves but "Your Kingdom" prayers increase our reverence for God, thus identifying and banishing our idols

      - We must be vigilant to keep the throne room of our hearts from becoming filled up with counterfeit gods. What are those things that quickly grab your attention, stealing glory from God?

    • Action Steps

      - We are in the midst of praying for the ten cities where the majority of Perimeter people live. Pray specifically for the schools, businesses, other churches, and the people who live in these places. If your city is featured, consider going on a prayer walk/drive of city hall, your closest school, or a major shopping area.

      - In Scripture, prayer is often associated with fasting. It is a physical action that reflects a spiritual desire. Consider how fasting might be a discipline that you might add to your spiritual walk.

  • Sat | Nov 2
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Duluth.

      - We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      Your Kingdom come. "Our kingdom" prayers ask God to bless "my plans" and to build "my kingdom," but "Your Kingdom" prayers rejoice in Jesus' reign and go forward in proclaiming the gospel.

      - How might our relationships and communitites look if our prayer was less focused on satisfying the self? What would change? What does it take for this to happen?

    • Action Steps

      - We are in the midst of praying for the ten cities where the majority of Perimeter people live. Pray specifically for the schools, businesses, other churches, and the people who live in these places. If your city is featured, consider going on a prayer walk/drive of city hall, your closest school, or a major shopping area.

      - As you pray for the peace, welfare, and flourishing of our cities, consider the Hebrew word shalom and the Greek word eirene. Watch this helpful video linked below.

      - The Bible Project - Shalom Video

  • Sun | Nov 3
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Norcross.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      - Your will be done. "Our kingdom" prayers are centered on personal comfort and control but "Your Kingdom" prayers align our will with God's will, including His love of mercy and justice.

      - Where do you see a lack of mercy and justice in your city? What would you like to see happen and what role might you (and the church) play in that?

    • Action Steps

      - We are in the midst of praying for the ten cities where the majority of Perimeter people live. Pray specifically for the schools, businesses, other churches, and the people who live in these places. If your city is featured, consider going on a prayer walk/drive of city hall, your closest school, or a major shopping area.

  • Mon | Nov 4
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Roswell.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      - Give us this day our daily bread. "Our kingdom" prayers are preoccupied mainly with present urgencies that center around our wants but "Your Kingdom" prayers enable us to find contentment in God, leading us toward simplicity and generosity.

      - Would you say your life is complicated and preoccupied with anxiety and stress? How might a prayer for "daily bread" ease stress and simplify life? How can Christian community aid in finding peace with God?

    • Action Steps

      - We are in the midst of praying for the ten cities where the majority of Perimeter people live. Pray specifically for the schools, businesses, other churches, and the people who live in these places. If your city is featured, consider going on a prayer walk/drive of city hall, your closest school, or a major shopping area.

  • Tue | Nov 5
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Alpharetta.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we will be looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer, by John F. Smed.

      - Forgive us as we forgive. "Our kingdom" prayers end with pride, quarreling, or conflict avoidance but "Your Kingdom" prayers free us from bitterness, hard-heartedness, and holding grudges/debts against others.

      - How is your pride level? Have you prayed for humility lately? How does humility better enable us to be ministers of reconciliation?

    • Action Steps

      - God-honoring fasting requires us to take an honest look at our own brokenness and radical need for God in every aspect of life. Just as important, God-pleasing fasting is focused on His love, mercy, and provision. If you fast today, don't let it be about you and your sacrifice/discomfort, but about God and His presence and provision.

  • Wed | Nov 6
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Suwanee.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Questions for Reflection

      - Over the course of this week we have been looking at the Lord's Prayer, a familiar teaching for many of us. We will be looking at each component of the Lord's Prayer from an "our kingdom" and "Your Kingdom" perspective. For more reading on this, read Disruptive Prayer by John F. Smed.

      Lead us and deliver us. "Our kingdom" prayers often end with us feeling defeated by challenges (an absence of faith in God's power and sovereignty) but "Your Kingdom" prayers focus on God's protection (through the Holy Spirit) and empower us in spiritual advance

      - "We do not pray about spiritual warfare. Prayer itself is spiritual warfare." We follow Jesus' leading here. He has fought and won the battle but we must remain active and diligent in following God. 

    • Action Steps

      - As we near the end of this 40 day season, what are you celebrating as a result of a radical dependence on prayer? What are you still longing for as we continue in an attitude of radical dependence through the end of the year? Into 2020? The next three years?

  • Thu | Nov 7
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in South Forsyth.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Scripture

      Matthew 20:1-16

    • Questions for Reflection

      - It is very easy to get caught up in the reward or due payment but the focus of this parable is on the King and His Kingdom. How are you tempted to judge yourself and others on your worth and work? What do you think Jesus means when He says, "the last will be first and the first last"?

      - What is your immediate reaction to the master giving the same wage to all laborers, regardless of time worked? What does this indicate about our understanding of generosity and God's economy?

      - As we labor together to see flourishing in our cities, what are some ways that you can partner with others from different churches? Do you think it is possible to seek flourishing together with non-believers? Why or why not?

    • Action Steps

      - How have the challenges of trusting God in radical dependence eased since we first started? What are you expectantly awaiting God to do in and through Perimeter Church? What are you expectantly waiting for God to in and through your city/school/work/family?

  • Fri | Nov 8
     
    • Prayer Target

      - May our perspective shift from building “our kingdom” to “Your Kingdom.”

      - We pray for kingdom flourishing in Sugar Hill, Buford, and Lawrenceville.

      We pray for the successful launch of city ministry teams in our cities.

      - We long for the flourishing of families and schools in our cities.

      - We lift up our city and government leaders in our cities.

      - We ask You, Lord, that broken systems be made new and redeemed in our cities.

      - We pray for the renewing work of Your kingdom to come through Your people in our cities.

      - We lift up the Community Outreach team and its partners throughout our cities.

      - We pray for Global Outreach ministries, for our partners on the field and for GO Journey teams.

    • Scripture

      Psalm 145:10-13

    • Questions for Reflection

      Psalm 145:12-13 mentions the enduring nature of God's Kingdom. We know all things will culminate in the new heavens and new earth, but until then, what are you doing to "make known ... the glorious splendor of God's kingdom", especially to the next generation? How might our prayers and efforts need to change?

      - Looking back, how have you grown in your dependence on God? What have you witnessed in your own prayer life and in the prayers of others?

      - If you knew God would answer it, what would be your prayer for the flourishing of God's Kingdom in your city?

    • Action Steps

      - The challenge is to keep going. Don't stop because the series is over. Trees with deep roots don't topple over when the wind starts blowing or as seasons come and go. Continue praying expectantly. Let us, indeed, be a people who are radically dependent on God.

      - Stay tuned for additional ways to continue to grow in radical dependence. Think often about your posture, power, plan, and purpose. Pray for God's glory and the continued flourishing of the gospel here on earth!