God’s Pleasure and Heaven’s Requirements
As we look forward with expectation to Connecticut’s 6th “10 Days of Prayer” during the fall feasts (10 Days of Awe from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur – Sept 9th-19th), a key prophetic phrase comes to mind uttered by my Nigerian friend Pastor Ruth Adesina at the culmination of 2015′s 10 Days at Wintonbury Church: “Heaven’s Requirements Have Been Satisfied”. Wow, how wonderful. Yet how sobering the need of “doing business with God” in the areas of repentance, for example. Simultaneously, I recall the opening night 2017 at Wellspring Church where we saw a sign in the heavens as Hurricane Jose rolled out and sky breaking for the most incredible sunset literally on the dawn of Rosh Hashanah. Shortly thereafter as we started to worship, the pleasure of God overwhelmed me. I was giddy. The best way to describe it was “thrilling” like the feeling you get going on a roller-coaster. It was palpable and real! How wonderful, yet playful!
What is 10 Days of Prayer (10days.net)?
10 Days is a time set aside to humble ourselves, repent, worship and pray to our amazing, wonderful, living God in John 17 unity. It carries forward what our Jewish brothers were called to do before Jesus the Messiah’s first coming and it looks forward to Jesus the bride groom’s return to judge and reign with us, his amazing bride, his Church – Jew and Gentile together.
“Babylon refuses to mourn, but my people will mourn before my return” (Rev 17-18). A big part of 10 Days is repentance and getting Babylon out of us and out of the church (conforming to Babylon – Romans 12:2). Babylon is the all-time anti-Christ harlot kingdom of this world. The Kingdom of Heaven is in conflict with the kingdom of Babylon, and God is calling to us: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not be a partner in her sins and receive her plagues” (Rev 18:4 Amp).
Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
Out of the overflow of 10 Days (think of the oil dripping off of Aaron’s beard Psalm 133) naturally comes revival, awakening, and evangelism the Holy Spirit’s way of power and love. When we put God as priority in our vertical relationship, it is only normal and natural to go horizontal and love one another as Jesus has loved us (John 13:34). After and during 10 Days + Restore and Revive 2017 (newenglandalliance.net), we saw an outbreak of salvation and healings from Bridgeport to Northfield and beyond. Let us be encouraged by these miracles and build upon God’s work!
This year we will begin to intentionally put evangelism into practice through the 40 Days of Love initiative (40daysoflove.net) which is in partnership with 10 Days. Think of it as 10 Days of prayer + 30 Days of outreach and you have the basic idea. Since revival, salvation and healings are the natural outcome of the 10 Days of Prayer, this is a simple strategy to put to use. The 30 days are broken up into 10 + 10 + 10. Praying 10 people; serving those 10 people; then sharing the gospel with those 10 people. “Each one, reach one” is also a simple strategy we are putting to work. That if every believer in New England were to just reach one person for the Lord this year, we would double the size of the church! Surely all disciples of Jesus can reach just one person for the Kingdom! Find out more about the NE-wide evangelism initiative on: newenglandalliance.net.
Another key theme the Holy Spirit has laid on our hearts across New England is racial reconciliation. Particularly between those of African descent who came as slaves and those of European decent, but reconciliation amongst all nations: Jew, Arab, First Nations, European, Asian, African, Latin American peoples. There is a work of healing, forgiveness, restoration through the cross the Jesus wants to do. All reconciliation comes through the Cross. Even the most egregious sin can be forgiven and the deepest wounds healed. It ties back into the heavenly model of reconciliation between Jew and Gentile. During 10 Days 2016 at the Manchester CT meeting we had an amazing reconciliation modeled between Pastor Dan Evans, Mt. Zion and his fellow Manchester pastors. This began with Pastor Dan passionately reading a poem he wrote as a kid in the 1960s about racism and culminated in others washing Pastor Dan’s feet. Also in 2016, David Rosen (Jewish adopted son of the Mohawk Nation) and Pastor Willie Jock (Mohawk Nation of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) modeled reconciliation for the church between first nations people and people of European decent at the Moody Center in Northfield, MA at the culmination of the 10 Days. 10 Days is all about repentance, forgiveness, healing, reconciliation and restoration. We look forward to what God will do this year!
Local City-wide 10 Days Strategy for Connecticut
After the extraordinary things God has done in Bridgeport during 10 Days these past 2 years, as God’s people honored Jesus through centrally located 24/10 worship, prayer, and outreach. Watch Pastor Luis Burgos’ testimony Bridgeport here (https://youtu.be/3sU_-ebNVnQ). This year we want to see those seeds grow in many cities. 10 in fact. Yes, our goal this year is to have 10 cities in CT do 10 full days right in their city. We want to have a focus on getting each city to take the seed of 10 Days that, in the past perhaps they had invested perhaps a night or two (etc.) as part of a statewide effort, and multiply that into a full 10 day local expression. Out of the target of 100 “city-days” we then plan to create an “Impact CT” circuit riders tour type of schedule across the state for those who want to join the “glory train” around CT. We also want all 10 cities 10 days and nights published, so that anyone can join in at any time at any location during the 10 Days.