Each year we have held an annual week of prayer at CRISTA. CRISTA was founded on prayer and has a long history of inviting God into our conversations on a daily basis. We hold various prayer times throughout the year but we always begin the new year with a week of focus on prayer. We are serious about prayer. The purpose is to both align the mission with His will and to ask for His blessings on our mission. We gather in various venues throughout this special week, sponsoring prayer walks to focus on each ministry and ending the week with a four hour corporate prayer and fasting session Friday afternoon on January 10. This is very important as we look back and reflect on God’s blessings and rededicate ourselves to the mission of loving God by serving people.
Our theme verse this year is (John 15:4) “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” Although this is a pretty clear admonition from the lips of Jesus Himself, it does not seem to me to be an easy thing to pull off. The idea of remaining in Him is far more than a tip of the hat to God in our morning devotions. It is an all encompassing, personally transforming, minute by minute experience of putting out trust in God and living like we have done so 24/7. Religious activity does not have the aroma of abundant life. Only the Spirit of God, as He works through those who are “all in” will quench the inner vacancy that God but in every persons heart. At CRISTA we are trying our best to create a corporate culture that fans the flames of the work of Christ among us and through us.