By Pastor Deborah Lunde
What would it be like if a dozen, or even a hundred congregations, agreed to pray for the city of Seattle? What impact might that have? Not only on the city, but on those who were praying?
That is exactly what is taking place these days! Beginning on May 22, 2017 there has been a concerted effort to engage many people and churches to pray for Seattle.
Initiated by Pastor Ben Sterciuc of Elevation Church in Kirkland, this prayer movement for the Greater Seattle area is really a request to God that we be awakened to new life in Christ: “Wake up, O Sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Ephesians 5:14.
The vision of Awaken Seattle is to engage 100 churches in 100 days of prayer for Seattle. Specifically, all are invited to pray for the following:
1. Revival of Christians in our city
2. Reconnecting of our churches
3. Repentance for our city
4. Redemption of our city dwellers.
5. Reconciliation in our city
6. Restoration of our city
7. Reign of God over our city
While our congregation didn’t hear about this prayer initiative until last week, we are certainly encouraged to join in at this point and through the rest of the one hundred days (and beyond!). But be prepared, a commitment like that can make a difference - not only in the city, but in our own hearts! Perhaps God will give us a desire and a longing for the Holy Spirit to first work in our lives as individuals, to revive us, bring us to repentance and restoration. And then, for God to be at work throughout Greater Seattle in the lives of our neighbors, city government, businesses, non-profits and churches!
On Sunday evening, August 20th, there will be a gathering and celebration on the 100th day. The leaders of Awaken Seattle are hoping to have that event in downtown Seattle and it may be that this event will take place right here at Denny Park Lutheran! We’ll keep you posted.
Meanwhile, you can check out the following website and Facebook page to learn more and to watch videos of various people praying for our city. And you can join in praying!