Prayer comes first. And second. And third.

28 Days of Prayer

Oct. 9–Nov. 5

There are times, as the people of God, when the most important thing we can do is pray. This seems to be one of those seasons. We are surrounded by need, brokenness, division, and hatred. And it seems that more than ever, we need God to move.

So we turn our hearts toward Heaven. We have an anchor for our souls in turbulent times, and we have an open door to enter and call out to our God.

During the next month, we want to call our church to fast and pray — not just say prayers but in humility cry out to God. We’ll spend four weeks, from Oct. 9 through Nov. 5, in focused prayer together. Use the guide below with Scriptures and prayer points to help you direct your praying each day.

28 Days of Prayer GuideWeek 3 Fasting GuideWeek 2 Fasting GuideWeek 1 Fasting Guide

Use this material to engage with neighbors and co-workers. Pray with your small group and your family. Pray without ceasing. Our greatest desire is to see God use this season to increase our dependence on and confidence in him.

All-Campus Choir Prayer and Worship Nights

  • Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m., Brier Creek Campus
  • Friday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Campus


In addition to following the provided guide, we want you to consider fasting each Tuesday during the month. Fasting highlights our need for God. It has a way of showing us how driven we are by the desires of the flesh. Nobody has to tell us we need to eat and drink. So why aren’t we as “in tune” with our need to pray and seek the face of God? Fasting helps us focus on the real source of our life and strength.

Boiler Room

At the Summit, we believe that prayer is an essential part of our lives as individuals and as a church. Prayer is the place where we experience and express intimacy with God. It is also the place from which we derive power for life and ministry.

Charles Spurgeon, famous preacher in 19th century England, referred to the prayer gatherings of his church as the “boiler room.”  In Spurgeon’s time, boiler rooms were the powerhouses, the driving forces of everything. And he believed that prayer was the spiritual power behind the effectiveness of his ministry.

At every Summit campus there is an opportunity for you to gather and pray for God’s blessing on the worship gatherings. As a part of the Boiler Room team you can choose to participate during any service time as frequently as you like. Prayer guides and tips for praying will be posted in this group that will help you maximize your time in prayer.

Join your campus prayer team:


When we trust in Christ through faith we enter into an intimate relationship with a personal God who has chosen to reveal himself through creation, Jesus, and the Bible. Our understanding of God and our faith in him are cultivated not only through reading the Bible, but also through prayer. Praying is a way to experience and express intimacy with God.

Developing a consistent and vibrant prayer life is vital to our growth as a disciple of Christ. Start by committing 15 minutes each day to prayer. The ACTS model (below) is a simple way to structure your time and is a great way to respond to what God reveals to you as you read his Word with either the Whole Story reading plan or Every Verse plan this year.

Adoration: As you read the Scripture, reflect on the character of God revealed in his Word. Let that revelation lead you to worship and adore your God.

Confess: The Word of God will do it’s work of exposing and uncovering sin. Respond to that conviction by agreeing with God that what he says about your sin is right. Pray for the desire and willingness to follow Christ in full obedience.

Thanksgiving: Where do you see God working? Where does his Word remind you of his deeds. Spend time thanking God for his faithfulness in your life and in the lives of others.

Supplication: God’s Word helps us understand his purposes and his plans, it reminds us of all that he has promised to do. Ask God to give you the desires of his heart as you pray for your needs and the needs of others. This can include prayer for friends, family, church, missionaries, government leaders, and the movement of the gospel around the world.