10 Days: The Invitation

Our 10 Days: The Invitation video is now live!  This is a five minute "docu-promo" that shares the vision, gives a little "how to" and includes testimonies from city-leaders.  Thanks to Jared Crouse for his great design work on this film and to everyone who helped edit and was interviewed.  We'll be releasing the whole interviews as stand-alone videos in the upcoming days.

 

  Above: Planning team for 10 Days Bridgeport

Above: Planning team for 10 Days Bridgeport

One Month--Let us know what's happening in your city!

10 Days begins in one month (September 9-19).  We want to hear what's happening in your city.  We have a number of current locations listed at 10Days.net but we're still waiting to hear from a number of places.

If you're doing 10 Days this fall, take a minute to email us the following:

  1. City Name
  2. Contact Person name/Email
  3. Link to website, facebook page, or whatever your city is using for an online home

If you'd do me the additional favor of linking from your page to 10days.net so that we're connected both ways, that would really help!

I can't wait to see how the Lord responds this fall as we seek Him together.

Yours,
Jonathan

"Hub Cities"/10 Days Northfield Registration is open!

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In the past seven years since 2011, 10 Days has grown from a movement in one city to something that last year occurred in 35 cities. The journey has been supernatural, miraculous at every step.  Each of these locations has been a holy experiment.  Each time, we learn new things that work and make mistakes that range from very funny to very costly.

All along this journey, I keep comparing what we’re seeing to the original vision in 2004:

  • 10 Days of fasting, mourning, and repentance during the “Days of Awe”
  • Many Locations around the globe doing this together (a global upper room)
  • Cities that stop everything for 10 entire days to seek God’s face!
  • Seeing Jesus’ John 17 prayer answered
  • Preparing the Bride for the Lord’s Return

 
Hub Cities: A Model for what 10 Days can be
 
Listen: Luis Burgos tells “The Bridgeport Story”
 
As we begin this next seven year period, we are going to emphasize a new type of 10 Days gathering that we’re calling “Hub Cities”.  Hub Cities are 10 Day gatherings that, as much as possible, are modeling the call to “stop everything during 10 Days.” 
 
Hub Cities are:

  • Retreat or single-site city-wide 10 Day gatherings
  • Destination gatherings as well as being for local people—it’s an opportunity for people to experience 10 Days at a high level without having to organize it themselves.
  • Modeling the “Stopped City” element of the call including 24/10 or 3-times daily prayer gatherings
  • Linked together using live-streaming and other technology

Speaking of Hub Cities…If you haven’t heard the Bridgeport story yet, please listen to this recording of Luis Burgos from the 10 Days Summit. It will expand your sense of the possible and inspire your faith.
 

10 Days Northfield and Restore and Revive
 
10 Days in Northfield will be one of our Hubs again this year.  If you’ve never experienced 10 Days before or you want to experience it in a more immersive context, I recommend joining us in Northfield.  I promise: You will leave changed!

10 Days Northfield will prepare the way for the
Restore and Revive conference Sept 20-23.  

Registration is now open for 10 Days Northfield!

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10 Days Summit 2018 Report

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Dear Friends,
 
Just two weeks ago, about 65 city-movement and national leaders from around the US, the UK, and Uganda gathered in Northfield for the 3rd annual 10 Days Summit. 

The Summit is like 10 Days in terms of the experience of God’s presence, but with a greater emphasis on teaching.  It's the best chance each year to catch the vision of 10 Days.  Powerful teaching is presented in an atmosphere of God’s presence with incredible love and fellowship among the saints! I've listened to most of the teachings twice and find they definitely reward a second listen; I'd encourage you to listen to them in the upcoming days.

The Summit Teaching Playlist:  https://soundcloud.com/10daysofprayer

From top to bottom and left to right: Graves of DL and Emma Moody, The Auditorium, Memorial Stone of the female students from Northfield who gave their lives as missionaries overseas, Brian Alarid (America Prays) finds himself in a "tall person" sandwich with Derrick Sanderson and Jonathan Friz at the tomb of missionary David Brainerd, Worship at the Summit, and a Northfield Sunset.
 

A Few Teaching Highlights

Love One Another:
  Central to the message of 10 Days the concept of John 17 Unity.  However, the key to John 17 is found earlier in John’s gospel, in verses 13:34-35.  Papa Gaylord Enns (Chico, CA) graced us with his incredible “Love Revolution” message, continually drawing our focus back towards “loving one another as Christ has loved us.”  Truly, without this message continually before us, we’ll never have unity—on the flip side, as we keep it before our eyes, it’s amazing how this command of Jesus can release life in community.  Truly, there is a blessing in obeying His command to love one another.  Hear Gaylord's Message "Make my Love your Home"
 
America Prays--40,000 Churches Praying 24/7: For the past two years, Jason Hubbard has vision cast for the 1 Church-1 Day 24/7 prayer initiative, leading to efforts beginning in Colorado, New England, and other places.  Since 2016,  1 Church/1 Day has grown from a strategy employed in a few cities to a to a full-fledged national movement called America Prays.  Brian Alarid cast vision for 40,000 churches in America to pray 24 hours once a month, covering our nation in a canopy of day and night prayer! (www.Americaprays.org)  We hope that your church will be part of this growing movement!

Let’s Stop Cities for Prayer this Sept 9-19: One of the most powerful testimonies from 10 Days in recent years has come from the city of Bridgeport, CT.  Luis Burgos shared testimonies of salvations, healings, and other incredible signs and wonders breaking in to Bridgeport last fall.  I’d highly encourage you to check out his message!

 

Moody’s House (of Prayer)

The Summit ended with a sign and a wonder of its own.  As our final act, we dedicated DL Moody’s home and the place of his death in Northfield, MA to be a house of prayer. 

I’ve been asking God for over 10 years to establish a house of prayer in Northfield.  Others have been praying much longer than me.  After 10 Days and Restore and Revive in 2017, we began regular house of prayer times on the Northfield campus.  After over 10 years of prayer, I found myself I completely overcome by God’s faithfulness—He is a God who answers persistent prayer!  This spring, the Moody Center, new owners of about 1/3 of the Northfield campus, proposed that we move the prayer house into Moody’s house for the Summer.  We are overjoyed to be able to pray several times a week in this historic property!

Four months ago this May 29, our little house of prayer received a word from a long-time pastor in Western Massachusetts that after “four months” God would lighten our load and bring us new help.  Almost exactly four months later, we moved in and experienced an incredible move of God at Moody’s house, accompanied by a number of new staff people who are helping to lighten the load!  God is truly building His House in Northfield and in the Nations—we are amazed by his faithfulness and blessed to be a part of His beautiful and growing family.

Yours,

Jonathan Friz

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Above: The Summit concluded with dedicating the Moody Homestead as a House of Prayer. 
Below: "This is the Place" sign in the Homestead/The first prayer set in the Moody living room

Sick of Repentance?

Sick of Repentance?

I’m Sick of Repentance?

The 10 Days vision is a call to 10 Days of “mourning, fasting, and repentance.”  Needless to say, that hasn’t always been the most attractive message to people. 

In sharing this vision with others, I’ve often heard it said, “Can we get rid of the mourning part?”  I raise my hands, helpless.  You see, when God gives you a vision, you can’t just go changing it all the time, even if you want to.

An Unforgettable Pilgrimage: The Reading 10 Days Story (by Tim Doolan)

An Unforgettable Pilgrimage: The Reading 10 Days Story (by Tim Doolan)

Hearing God.

If a tap drips water into a sink it may take time to notice, there may be little evidence other than the occasional drip should it catch your eye and perhaps a trail of water. It is not until the plug is put in the sink that you notice the water building up and the small drips soon build up to fill a sink. It is then that you wonder how much water has been wasted.

30 Cities Seeking God for 10 Days

30 Cities Seeking God for 10 Days

Prayer is one of the most humble activities we can engage in as human beings.  It’s a ceding of the power to act for the humility of asking and waiting.  It’s also God’s chosen means to bring about the transformation of human hearts, impossible circumstances, and even entire cities and nations.

We’ve been riding waves of encouragement in the past weeks as new cities have joined, resulting in over 30 cities/regions participating in 10 Days.  Each place has a testimony, and we are privileged to hear incredible stories each day.

We wanted to feature just a few of those stories here:

Unusual and Extraordinary

Unusual and Extraordinary

In 2004, I saw a vision of cities stopping everything for 10 Days in order to pray and seek God.  This is not normal behavior in my city or in any other city that I’ve ever known.  It was clear in the vision that God was calling for cities to do something unusual and extraordinary.
 
Think about it for a moment: If this vision is true, what’s the point of this kind of unusual, extraordinary prayer?  And why now, at this juncture of history?What's with all the shaking?

Positive End-Time Trends #3: Come Holy Spirit!

Positive End-Time Trends #3: Come Holy Spirit!

Positive End-Time Trends #3: Come Holy Spirit!

Part 3 of 4 examining four positive prophetic promises that precede the second coming of Jesus!

During the summer of 2003, I began to experience the Holy Spirit’s presence in a remarkable way.  I marveled at the nearness of God and was filled with an insatiable desire for the Scripture, for prayer, and a love for other people that was unlike anything I had ever known.

10 Days Goes to Africa

10 Days Goes to Africa

Greetings from the USA,
From March 3-12, I traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to participate in the MANI Consultation, a gathering of about 700 African national mission leaders and guests from around the world.  Our gathering was hosted at the prestigious African Union building, where African political leaders from the whole continent gather to discuss common concerns.  The Nelson Mandela hall is modeled after the UN General Assembly hall.  It was the first time I had traveled outside of the country since I was in High School, when I barely made it over the border to Monterrey, Mexico.

Insights from 10 Days Connecticut

Insights from 10 Days Connecticut

Rather than sharing summaries of some of the other gatherings (you can read stories from more cities), we’ve decided to share this powerful series of take-awaysfrom Gregg Healey in Connecticut.

Connecticut had a unique, state-wide strategy for 10 Days that involved over 50 gatherings throughout the state.  There’s a lot of encouragement and wisdom to be gleaned from Gregg’s report.  Pick up and read!

Make Room!

Make Room!

The start of 10 Days is just over a week away.  Over 25 cities and regions are gearing up for a set-apart season of seeking God's face. As we approach this season with anticipation, my biggest encouragement to you is: Make Room!

Our lives are busy and distractions are easily available to fill in whatever cracks remain.  I encourage you during these weeks leading up to 10 Days to intentionally prepare a space in your life for an encounter with God!  While making space is important for you personally, it's equally important for what God wants to do through you to bring His Kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven."

Thriving in the Desert

Thriving in the Desert

My friend, Gregg Healey, had a dream on July 4 that we both believed was from the Lord. The gist: that the path God has for our ultimate "Independence" may not appear to on the surface to be the best or most attractive.  Given its application to the themes of 10 Days and the potential for it to be an encouragement to many of us, I’ve asked Gregg to share the dream and his interpretation.  I hope it inspires and encourages you in the midst of challenging times!

Spring "10 Days Together" in Denver, CO

Spring "10 Days Together" in Denver, CO

There’s a well-worn saying in the Christian life that wherever you go, God is has been there already. 
 
Turns out that’s especially true in Denver, Colorado.
 
My dear friend and ministry partner Dai Sup Han invited me out to Colorado Springs April 17-20.  Dai Sup, like myself, is passionate about seeing city-wide churches adopt 10 Days.  He had arranged some meetings in Colorado Springs but we wanted to see if we could start some fires in Denver as well.