God’s first commandment to human beings was “be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth.” Jesus told His disciples something similar: “Go into all the world and make disciples…” In creation and redemption, we are hardwired for fruitfulness, expansion, and growth.
There are so many stories that accumulate over 10 Days in God’s presence. Multiply that over 35 different locations with thousands of people seeking God’s face, and that’s a lot of stuff happening. Over the next weeks, we’ll highlight stories from the various cities that did 10 Days as we reflect on the goodness of God.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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.
It’s a moment I won’t soon forget…
Here we were, in Denver, with city uniters and powerful prayer leaders from around the nation. We’re having a prayer meeting in a black Pentecostal church. Sounds like a recipe for an explosive time in God’s presence.
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.
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!
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."
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!
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.
This year saw the growth of 10 Days from 3 cities to 12 cities. This growth happened quickly, in the span of a year, but it happened naturally, organized by the Holy Spirit through the knitting together of kindred hearts.