CRISTA’s annual week of prayer is coming up February 8-12, and I hope you’ll join me in lifting up our ministries here in Shoreline, and all over the world. The purpose of this week is to remind us that our work is only valuable if it springs from a personal and corporate commitment to worship Him, hear His voice, and reflect His Spirit.
We want to connect with the places where God is at work and get aligned with His purpose and His way of operating. This is often unnatural to us, so we need reminders. We have the privilege at CRISTA to take time to pray during our regular work schedule, but CRISTA’s Prayer Week is a special time set aside to focus as a Corporate Body on what God is saying.
We have a full week of events planned throughout the week. The climax of the week is Friday’s Day of Prayer and Worship, where our entire staff gathers to acknowledge that “without Jesus we can do nothing.” (John 15:5) We worship, pray, confess our sin, and bask in the presence of the Holy Spirit.
This is how we continue to be refreshed and renewed in what God has called CRISTA to do for the past 63 years. Our theme this year is “STAND FIRM.” The verse we chose reminds us that we are on the same path that our founder Mike Martin started walking many years ago.
1 Corinthians 15:58 says, “With all this going for us, my dear, dear friends, stand your ground. And don’t hold back. Throw yourselves into the work of the Master, confident that nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort.” (MSG) The “all this” is referring to the entire book of 1 Corinthians. Paul affirms the Corinthians to STAND FIRM, by remembering and acknowledging God’s power through Christ’s death and resurrection. And we have that same power, that same “all this” going for us – thanks to Christ.
If the Gospel is true, we are to find our footing in CHRIST, and our joy in knowing Him and following His leading – regardless of what we see through our circumstances. We are called to STAND FIRM – because when we STAND on the solid rock of Jesus, we have a firm footing for anything that comes our way.