I believe 2012 will be banner year for CRISTA Ministries. We will begin the new year with a week of prayer, January 3-6. As an organization, we are working to include each of our world-wide ministries. The week will start with a special devotion in the Schirmer Auditorium on the morning of Tuesday, January 3, and conclude on Friday, January 6, with prayer walks around the Shoreline campus. Tuesday night you will find many of us gathering in Reimer Library for a prayer and fasting event from 5:00 p.m. until midnight.
Our theme verse for 2012 is Colossians 3:1-3. “If then you are raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” This verse reminds us we are raised with Christ and sit with Him at the right hand of God. Therefore we have access to heaven’s resources and strategies if we will agree with the scripture in 2012 and indeed access it. Here at CRISTA, I believe this to be true too—that we can grow the Kingdom for Christ as an organization. And if that is so, we can expect BIG things. God is not reasonable. He is lavish and does things on a grand scale. Therefore we should expect He wants us to do the same for His work at CRISTA.
The week of prayer’s primary purpose is not to simply collect a huge list of prayer requests for which to ask God to grant. Intercession and petition are very important, but first and foremost this is a week to remind us about our relationship with Christ, our calling to be in His presence every day, to worship and adore Him, and to ask Him to be the one who guides and leads us. We are seeking to know Him and His will regarding the focus for this year and to then ask Him for the desires of our heart. For CRISTA, there is nothing more important during this special week.
I hope everyone in our community will enthusiastically participate. Many of our individual ministries will schedule prayer time with their team. I hope the kids at each school will learn more about prayer, I hope all our senior residents set aside special times to pray, I hope our listeners in broadcasting in Washington, Canada and Texas will pray with us, I trust our staff at Camps will join in, as well as our overseas offices for World Concern and CVM.
The exercise of prayer is hard work. It takes commitment. It takes faith. It takes time. Whether you are a staff member at CRISTA, a volunteer, a church partner, or a donor—I encourage you to be part of this week by either participating in one of our events or simply finding time to spend with our savior, seeking His will.
Learn more about the CRISTA week of prayer specifics here.
President & CEO