At Westside King’s Church we have made it an annual tradition to begin each New Year with special days of prayer. This has now become part of our annual rhythm, one of the ways we stay committed to a vibrant and focused Christian life. Every year we construct a prayer walk to help focus our thoughts and prayers. There are five stations in this year’s prayer journey, each designed to help your prayer be focused and effective. We are opening the Westhall from 9 am to 9 pm, Monday through Wednesday, January 9-11, so that you can participate. Special evening teaching sessions are at 7 pm.
We know that Christian life must be lived out in active engagement, but we also know that effective engagement requires deeper piety. It seems this lesson must be learned and re-learned: that movement is empowered by stillness, that impact is made possible by quiet reflection.
Our January prayer days remind us of the power of sacred time and sacred space. We learn that periodic separation from ordinary work and obligation makes realignment possible. So this is what these days are for – to do the simplest, yet hardest thing – to make space and time to listen to what God says, and to answer back from our truest selves. By committing ourselves to the practice of giving up work-time for prayer, and making space for reflection and stillness, we find that we are freed from the petty tyrannies that control us. We move into a more wide-open country, becoming partners with God in the life he has in mind for us.
This year we are calling our time the Epiphany Days of Prayer. Epiphany is that moment in the Christian year, 12 days after Christmas, when we wake up to what God is doing for us, through us, and in us because of Jesus. Epiphany is a kind of capstone to Advent. Now, as we see Christ born into our humanity, we realize that there is more to understand, more to see, more to journey forward into. The birth of Christ is not an end but a beginning, the first part of the story that redefines everything. So we want to have our spiritual senses alive to God. Because of Christ we can see God, see what meaningful actions are possible, see the obstacles and hindrances, see the object of our faith and learn true worship, and see a new way forward.
For these days, and in keeping with the traditional story of Epiphany, we are immersing ourselves in Matthew's account of the Magi’s visit to the house of the Christ-child (Matthew 2:1-12). Our meditation on this text will help us understand what spiritual awakening can actually look like.
Come any time Monday through Wednesday, 9 am to 9 pm, or attend one of our evening teaching and prayer sessions at 7 pm. I hope to see you there.