February 2nd, about 60 pastors from around the State gathered for a time of prayer at North Sound Church in Edmonds. The 5 hour time focused on prayer for our church leaders, prayer for body of Christ, prayer for our nation and its leaders, and prayer for one another. The event was lively, energetic and there was a clear sense that the Holy Spirit was present and guiding this group toward unity and a deepening of faith. A time of communion concluded the gathering in a powerful reminder that our hope belongs on Christ.
While many of our prayer meetings seem to be light on prayer, this event was defined nearly entirely by corporate prayer and worship. At the beginning of each section a different local Edmonds pastor (the Edmonds Pastor group hosted the event with Church Awakening) shared a few thoughts, and helped to guide the group toward prayer.
Church Awakening is an effort lead by Pastor Alec Rolands at Westgate Chapel in Edmonds. The vision is to help pastors establish prayer in their congregations and with colleagues in their cities. Pastor Rolands spoke at our Advance event in 2015, and we interviewed pastor Alec on our Light up the City podcast where he shares about how this reclaiming of a corporate discipline of prayer has transformed their congregation… you can listen here: Season 3 - Episode 5.
I will leave you with a scripture that I was drawn to during this time of prayer:
Colossians 1:17-20 "He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross."