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I dare you.

Six practices to help you connect more deeply with God.

Below are resources for the practices we'll be featuring during the I Dare You initiative to help you become more intentional about spiritual growth.

We are providing a booklet for the initiative. You can pick one up on Sundays or download it HERE.

Share Your Story with the Weekly Dare

Week One - Prayer

Prayer Dares 

For everyone
Spend five minutes in prayer every day following these five simple steps:
1.  Worship God and thank Him for His love and His faithfulness.
2.  Submit yourself to His will for the day.
3.  Sit quietly for one minute and let God speak to your heart.
4.  Thank God for His love and faithfulness.


For couples
Spend two to three minutes (one for each) praying for each other before you go to bed. If you're not married, you can do this on FaceTime or over the phone.

For families
If you have children under 2 - Write down three traits you want your child to embody as an adult. Pray over your child at bedtime and ask God to help you nurture those traits in your child.

If you have children 3-9 - Ask them what makes them sad and what makes them happy. Then spend a few minutes praying that God would help them comfort others that are sad with the same things that comfort them.

If you have an older child, ask them what is coming in their next week that they are nervous or anxious about and then tell them you want to pray with them to invite God's presence into that moment or task.


DOUBLE DARE:

Try to spend 30 minutes this week in Silence and Solitude. This means turning off your phone and going somewhere you can be alone (your room, the bathroom, a park bench, the beach) and undisturbed with God.

Begin by reading Psalm 100 slowly. Pause and take deep breaths and try to relax your body and your mind. Spend the first few minutes praising God and thanking Him for His goodness. Then, allow the Lord to lead you to pray for people and situations in your life.

Prayer Resources

BOOKS: 

How to Pray by Pete Greig

Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home by Richard Foster

A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracted World by Paul E. Miller

Prayer: The Timeless Secret of High-Impact Leaders by Dave Early


WEB RESOURCE: 

Prayer Course Tool Shed

SERMON: 

Teach Us to Pray
 by John Mark Comer

VENTURA MISSIONARY'S WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT VIDEOS ON PRAYER:
(these links show up as a private video until they go live at 7:00 am on the applicable days.)
 


Monday - Pastor Doug

Tuesday - Pastor Jeff

Wednesday - Pastor Doug

Thursday - Gabby Pido

Friday - Pastor Doug