Wellspring has participated in the 10 Days of Prayer initiative for the past few years. But I thought it would be good for us to have a reminder of what 10 Days is all about. About fifteen years ago an emerging leader in New England named Jonathan Friz was praying when the Lord gave him a vision of entire cities stopping all normal activities in order to seek the Lord in prayer and worship. As this vision unfolded and Jonathan began to ask the Lord what this was about he felt the Lord indicating to him that this period of seeking should take place during the 10 days of awe on the Jewish calendar—from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. Then he heard the Lord say, “Babylon refuses to mourn, but my people will mourn before I return.” As the encounter with the Lord continued he began to receive further direction about this period of 10 Days.
I have watched this vision gain traction over the years and have been happy to serve with Jonathan in seeing this vision become a reality. Now there are expressions of 10 Days in every state of New England as well as many other cities across the United States. This year for the first time we will be having a Greater Hartford expression of 10 Days, and there are several other cities and areas in Connecticut that will be gathering to worship and seek the Lord. The emphases of the 10 Days are to come before the Lord in repentance (mourning that His Kingdom is not yet present in its fullness among us); to pray for and express John 17 unity among the Lord’s people (that we might be one as he and the Father are one); and to pray for the outpouring of his Spirit in revival and awakening.
Wellspring will host the initial gathering of this year’s 10 Days for Greater Hartford on Sunday evening September 9 at 7:00 PM. The service will be a time of worship, repentance and prayer. We will be joined by folks from other congregations around the area. I really want to urge you to be here for this important gathering. Many of us have had a strong sense from the Lord that he desires to do something very significant this autumn and this gathering is one way that we can partner with him in saying “Yes!” to all he wants to do in us personally, at Wellspring, in our area and in our state.
Blessings, Pastor Rick