Day 21: Chapter 23 & 24

Hey Cornerstone Family.

Today is day twenty-one of our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. We did it! It was a challenge but we are glad we had the book on prayer to help us along the way.

Today you will read how Psalm twenty-three and The Lord’s Prayer may be the medicine you need in your life. God’s word is so powerful when we take the focus off of our own situations. When we pray these scriptures, making them our own, we have a powerful weapon that can be used to bring restoration to our soul.

Along with this sense of achievement and completion we must maintain the sense of restoration. Allow God to restore your joy, your love and your passion for Him. Get your double dose of The Lord’s Prayer and David’s prayer in Psalm twenty-three, and walk in victory today.

We love you. God Bless!
Michael and Toni Watkins

Day 20: Chapter 22

Hi Cornerstone family!

Here we are. We've almost made it to the end of our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. Today in our reading, Dr. Rutland talks about the power of continuing to pray the Lord's Prayer - both individually and corporately.

Consider the last few weeks. how has focusing on the Lord's Prayer impacted your life?
- Has your relationship with the Lord deepened as you've learned to recognize Him as Father?
- Maybe you've been able to forgive someone who's hurt you deeply - or you've been able to forgive yourself for something in your past.
- Have you experienced a breakthrough in an area that you've been struggling?
- Perhaps it's simply that your time with the Lord has come to life and you're recognizing His presence with you throughout the day.

Whatever it is, that's what has happened in just three weeks of praying the Lord's Prayer! What growth and intimacy could you experience in six weeks? 6 months or a year?

I encourage you, as we come to the end of our time of prayer and fasting, continue in the habits that you've been practicing over the last few weeks and watch what God continues to do in your life.

Lennae Patrick

Day 19: Chapter 21

Hey Cornerstone family. Welcome to day nineteen of our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. It is exciting to see what God is doing as we pray and fast together.

Today, we are on chapter twenty-one which outlines practical ways to use The Lord’s Prayer in our personal lives. The emphasis is on meditational prayer.

Here’s an example. When we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” we can declare God as king over our family, schools, community, and our nation.

Another example is in the portion of the prayer that says, “Who art in heaven.” We can begin to pray around the word who and begin to rejoice in who God is.

With just a few more days to go, we encourage you to press in to receive everything God has for you and your family.

John and Lennie Riley

Day 18: Chapter 20

Hi everyone. Welcome to day eighteen of our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. We are excited about all God has done and are continuing to pray that He blesses you greatly.

Now that we have covered each component of The Lord’s Prayer in the book 21 Seconds To Change Your World, today we will discuss saturation prayer. This is geared toward your personal daily use of the prayer. As we have learned, The Lord’s Prayer can be applied to every area of your life so we encourage you to take twenty-one seconds to say this prayer multiple times per day. Whether driving, working, or simply waiting in line, the more you saturate your mind with The Lord’s Prayer and begin to let it be a part of you, the more you will see God’s kingdom established in your life.

Keep pressing, believing, and opening your heart to God. We are excited about seeing you finish strong.

LaTonya Hardin

Day 17: Chapter 19

We hope you are enjoying a closer walk with the Lord since we started the twenty-one days of prayer and fasting. Today, as we read chapter nineteen, we want to leave you with a few words of encouragement as we continue our journey together.

In this chapter, the focus is forever. The earth with its troubles, struggles, and worries is only temporary. Jesus promised much more. He promised a forever home, a home not of this earth but of the heavens. It is awesome to know that we serve a God that would create us a forever home, free of the worries and woes of this world. The Spirit of the Lord is with us always. We encourage you to pray to Him so you can feel His blessings.

We will pray for you. We love you.
Matt and Memory Stanford

Day 16: Chapter 18

Today we are on day sixteen of the fast and chapter eighteen of the book, 21 Seconds To Change Your World.

In this chapter we are reminded of The Lord’s Prayer that says, “Thine is the kingdom” and “Your kingdom come.” We are reminded to focus on God’s kingdom and not our own desires and wishes. In Psalm twenty-three, we are reminded that if we put the Lord as the shepherd of our lives, our lives will be followed with goodness and mercy. His kingdom is not always easy or comfortable, but we know it is best for our lives and that it is full of goodness, mercy, and love.

Fasting is God’s method and this chapter is a great reminder to deprive ourselves for a period of time and to focus on the Lord’s kingdom rather than our own.

Be encouraged.
Shane and Tricia Robbins

Day 15: Chapter 17

Today we are discussing chapter seventeen that focuses on David saying, “Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil.”  

This chapter lets us know that no matter what we are facing, what we are up against, God left His word for us to be protected and guided by. In this chapter you will learn that there have been real life events when people have been face to face with horrible situations that Psalm 23 has protected them and brought them through.

In closing, it says that we are His sheep and in the face of the forces of darkness, we can rest ourselves in the knowledge that our God is on guard and He is armed and dangerous.

Have a great day. God bless.
Vence and Shona Mcnairy 

Day 14: Chapter 16

Chapter sixteen introduces two ways of understanding the name of God. The name of God is holy. For the very sake of His name being holy in all that He does and in His will for our lives, God’s name must be honored. We are His people called by His name. God is the good shepherd. No matter how smelly or sinful, we are His sheep in need of the shepherd.

God will not trick us or abandon us. He is for us and is waiting to lead us and keep us on the paths that are holy. I encourage you to pray for the power of God and His protection over your life and your family as He begins the work of leading you on the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Karmel Davis 

Day 13: Chapter 15

Chapter fifteen is about “My cup runneth over” from Psalm 23 and “Give us this day our daily bread” from The Lord’s Prayer. For me, fasting is taking my hands off of everything concerning me. It is laying all of it in the hands of the father. I am going beyond my reasoning, plans, thoughts and circumstances. I’m asking God to completely take over.

In the past when I have done this, I have seen supernatural answers to prayer. Fasting makes my trust factor with God soar. I love what Mark Rutland said about this prayer, “And when tomorrow becomes today, I will still believe you and I will believe you all my life.”

Hang in there.
Roger and Vivi Anne Parker

Day 12: Chapter 14

Hello.  We are here to encourage you on day twelve. The message in chapter fourteen is “Thou annointest my head with oil.”

David was favored and anointed by God, in spite of his sins, after humbly asking for forgiveness. Be encouraged today. Never feel like you are unworthy of God’s healing oil.

We will continue to pray for you during this fast.
Michael and Jameka Parker

Day 11: Chapter 13

Hey guys. It’s Micah and Bre and we are here to encourage you. It is day eleven of our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting.

You are already past the half way point so don’t give up or give in now. Keep fighting the good fight. Today we are reading chapter thirteen, talking about enemies, which is something everyone will or has dealt with. We will take a look at the verse from Psalm twenty-three that states, “Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies.”

It also discusses Mordecai’s story - a prime example of God’s blessing in the midst of enemies.

We are praying for you. Keep strong.
Micah and Bre Welch

Day 10: Chapter 12

Hey Cornerstone family, Bry here.  We are in twenty-one days of fasting and we are on day ten. You are almost half way there.

We are on chapter twelve of the book, and it is talking about The Lord’s Prayer, that says, “Lead us not into temptation.” Many times we ask God to take our temptations away, but strength and perseverance is often what we need to ask for.

We are praying for you. We know it’s tough. Day ten is near the half way mark and whatever fast you are doing can be a struggle, but during these last days God will show you amazing things.

We believe in you. Keep persevering.
Bry Robbins  

Day 9: Chapter 11

Today we are on chapter eleven, day nine of 21 Seconds To Change Your World.

In chapter eleven we learn about some hardships that David went through. From his issues with Bathsheba, Ziklag, and even the rebellion of his own son while suffering public humiliation, he knew all about a soul that needed to be restored.

Sometimes the process of restoration can be long, slow and just as painful as a deep wound. We want you to know today that God can restore you just as He did David. He is able to restore marriages, finances, health, and above all, our souls.

Life is hard, but we want to encourage you to lean on God for restoration. He will see us through any situation that we may face today and make us better from it.

Love you all,
Rodney and Jeniquez Long

Day 8: Chapter 10

Hey Guys.  We want to encourage you during this twenty-one days of fasting.  Fasting is a time when you can be open and honest with God about where you are. Fasting is one of those things that will draw us closer to God and will begin to open our hearts and allow God to heal those things that are inside of us.

One of those things can be unforgiveness. Forgiveness is not just for us, but is also for others. During this time of fasting, one of the essential things to help us go deeper during the twenty-one days is going to be letting go of hurts, trespasses, and things we have not forgiven others for. We encourage you to talk to Him about it, He can handle it.

We love you, are praying for you, and want you to continue down this road with us as we complete this twenty-one days.

Brad and Tiffany Franks

Day 7: Chapter 9

Hey everyone!  

I’m so glad that I get to spend a few moments with you as we focus on chapter nine of 21 Seconds to Change Your World.  Here we take a closer look at Psalm twenty-three, verse two.  David spent time tending his father’s sheep, so it was natural for him to compare God’s relationship with us to a shepherd & his sheep. 

David wrote, “He makes me to lie down in green pastures.”  This part in particular strikes me as significant.  My family raised sheep while I was growing up, so I know a little about them and know that they don’t lie down if they are agitated or frightened.

It is the same way with us: we often find ourselves worried, fearful, anxious, and stressed about situations. God wants to offer us peace and rest, but that means we have to trust him completely—  even in the middle of trying situations.  It’s only then that we can truly rest and enjoy the blessings God has given us.  

So today,  I encourage you: ask the Lord to show you any areas in which you aren’t trusting Him, and then ask Him to help you turn those completely over to Him and rest in Him.

Lennae Patrick

Day 6: Chapter 8

In chapter eight the author describes the difference between need and want. Want is described as a desire for something or a wish. When talking about the word need, the author illustrates from the twenty-third Psalm David’s need for God to supply as well as his trust in God to provide. Need is defined as a requirement of something essential.

When approaching our twenty-one days of prayer and fasting, I encourage you to pray for a balanced perspective as God reveals the needs and wants in your life. Trust Him to begin the work of establishing balance with a renewed perspective in your minds and hearts.

Karmel Davis

Day 5: Chapter 7

Hey guys. We are here today to say congratulations. We have made it to day five and there are only sixteen more days to go. We are here to encourage you as we are in this together.

 As we study in chapter seven today we will find that Jesus prayed, “Our Father.” Jesus said this prayer so we could understand the magnitude of what God is to us. He is our Father, we are His children and we are part of His family. It is wonderful to be loved by our Father who has seen each of us at our darkest. As David said, He is our Shepherd and we are the sheep. We have the ultimate Shepherd guiding us through each day, so there is no need to worry.

We knowthere are great things in store for our Cornerstone family this year. He loves you and is here for you. We also love you and will be praying for you.

Brian and Emily Hueckel

Day 4: Chapter 6

Hey guys, I’m Jesse with Cornerstone and this is my husband James.  I hope you are enjoying 21 Seconds To Change Your World as much as we are.  Chapter six focuses on Jesus as he is praying the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.” 

Yes Jesse, reminding myself to let God’s will be done in my life has its challenges.  I’ve always had my own plans, my own ideas and my own desires.  I need to take twenty-one seconds of each day to look at God’s plan, God’s will and God’s desire for my life.

Today, we want to encourage you to let God do a work in your heart as you focus on His word during this time of prayer and fasting.

We love you.
James and Jesse Bowens

Day 3: Chapter 5

Hey, Cornerstone.  We just ended the holiday season and it’s not always a good time of year for everyone.  In fact, it’s very hard for many people.  Personally, I lost two people close to me in December.  It’s not always an encouraging time but there is hope.  That is what chapter five is about.  It teaches us that through prayer and fasting, which often times doesn’t come easy, you can evaluate where you’re at and receive instruction.

I want to encourage you to memorize Psalm twenty-three and Matthew chapter six, verses nine through thirteen.

So, keep up the good work and trust the Lord because there are good things in store for you.

Richard Rodgers