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Message Series + Group/Individual Study
Beginning January 10, 2021.

"40 Days to a powerful prayer life!"

Starting on January 10,  Pastor Dan will share a powerful sermon series on prayer.  You won't want to miss it!  In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in group or individual study with practical resources to help you develop a more vibrant and power-filled prayer life.  You can visit this page to access the additional resources and media for this exciting  series and study.  

Follow these 3 steps to get the most from this series:
  1.  Watch online or attend each of the weekly worship services on Sundays to hear Pastor Dan’s sermons in this series.
  2.  Watch the 25-30 minute weekly videos of Rick Warren teaching the Group topics/sessions, and fill-in the blanks in your participant workbook.
  3.  Gather with your Community Group (starting January 17) for discussion of the weekly topics in the workbook, time of prayer, and fellowship.  
    • *If you are not able to meet online or in-person with a Group for step 3, there is also the option to view the pastors' weekly discussion video to see several of our pastors interacting with the weekly topic of discussion.

Please read below for more details....

The Sermons:

Starting on January 10 -- a seven-week sermon series led by Pastor Dan on the power of prayer.  You can view each sermon in the following ways:
  1. Watch services online on our website or YouTube.  Every Sunday, the worship services air "Live" at 9AM and 11AM.  After that, the full services and the messages can be viewed "on-demand" anytime during the week on our YouTube channel or in our church app.
  2. Attend in-person at our weekly services on Sunday mornings at 9AM or 11AM at our Oakley campus.  All are welcome, and we would love to see you!

The Workbook:

The workbook contains the study guide for each weekly group lesson, daily prayer prompts, space for weekly sermon notes, and suggestions for further study.  The 40 Days of Prayer workbook will help you learn how to pray with more confidence and greater faith than ever before.  Many people are struggling with a difficult situation or circumstance. They need a breakthrough in their life. Perhaps you can relate to that.  Whether it's praying for a breakthrough in marriages, health, finances, or relationships, persistent prayer is how God moves to transform people's lives.  Breakthroughs always begin with prayer!

The 40 Days of Prayer workbook can be picked up in the church office for a suggested donation of $6 each. Now available!

This workbook will help you:
  • Learn to pray for breakthroughs.
  • Develop a daily habit of prayer.
  • Understand the secret to answered prayer.
  • Experience God's blessings.
  • Grow closer in unity with other Believers.

Weekly Study Guide Sessions:
  1. The Purpose of Prayer
  2. How to Pray with Confidence
  3. The Pattern for Prayer – Part One
  4. The Pattern for Prayer – Part Two
  5. Praying for a Breakthrough
  6. How to Pray in a Crisis
  7. Why Doesn't God Always Answer the First Time I Pray? (Bonus Session)

***The 40 Days of Prayer Workbook is designed to be used with the 40 Days of Prayer Videos found below.***

The Weekly Videos:

Each week, after you have experienced pastor Dan's message and before you engage in the Group discussion, be sure to watch the weekly video to fill-in the study guide blanks in your workbook and to gain powerful, practical tips to enhance your personal prayer life from Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church.  You can view each of the videos for free by clicking below:
!!! BONUS VIDEO !!!  
7. 
Why Doesn't God Always Answer the First Time I Pray? (Bonus Session)

Groups:

Life is better when connected with others.  That's why we have Community Groups!  The week of January 17 is actually the start of our Winter Season of Community Groups, and this is a great time to join a Group at the beginning of a new year and start journeying with others.  To find a Group that is a great fit for you, visit our Community Group Finder.  Here you can view all of our available Groups and even find a Group that is leading 40 Days of Prayer -- virtually or in-person.

Perhaps you want to start a Group of your own.  Why not begin taking this next step by leading a new Group through 40 Days of Prayer?  
To start your own Group:
  1. Gather 2-3 people who will commit to your Group with you.
  2. Complete a Group Leader Application.
  3. Register your new Group here.

Instructions for Virtual Groups for 40 Days of Prayer:
  1. Before your Group meeting, be sure you have watched Pastor Dan's Sunday sermon.
  2. Before your Group meeting, be sure you have watched the weekly lesson video from Rick Warren above and completed the workbook fill-ins.
  3. Meet with your Group virtually (via Zoom, or whatever method your Group leader has communicated) for the discussion and to pray together and catch-up with your Group members.

Instructions for In-Person Groups for 40 Days of Prayer:
  1. Before your Group meeting, be sure you have watched or attended Pastor Dan's Sunday sermon.
  2. Watch the weekly lesson video from Rick Warren in-person with your Group and fill-in the blanks in your workbook.  Alternatively, your Group leader may instruct you to watch the lesson videos and fill-in the workbook prior to the in-person meeting.
  3. Meet with your Group in-person for a time of discussion and to pray together and catch-up with your fellow Group members.
  4. When meeting in-person, plan to follow the social distancing and face covering guidelines recommended by your Group leader.

Pastors' Discussion Videos:

During this season of life with COVID-19 and all of the adjustments everyone has had to make this year, we acknowledge that "Zoom burnout" is real, and because of that (or for other reasons) it may not be feasible for everyone to be in a Group online or in-person at this time.  But, we don't want you to miss out...  For that reason, we have added a new way to experience the discussion portion of the 40 Days of Prayer campaign.  Starting the week of January 17, 2021, we will be uploading a weekly video in this section of Pastors' Discussions.  This will simply be a weekly video of 2-3 of our Laurel Ridge Pastors going through the workbook discussion questions and engaging in conversation around the weekly topic of prayer.  Click below to view our weekly discussion videos: