… and stop them! The staff of ChristDay know a remarkable story – one where united prayer did not ignite a spiritual movement until it first stopped a natural movement. And millions of people in Europe were very grateful that it did.
The eruptions of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 not only threatened Iceland but also a large part of Europe, even bringing air traffic to a standstill. Several months before this volcano broke out, 11 Icelandic leaders of different church backgrounds took part in the Geneva Leadership Forum run by the Swiss ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. There the leaders from Iceland were encouraged to take spiritual authority over their land. After their return they assembled Christian leaders to pray before the House of Parliament, confessing sins and committing their country to Christ –according to the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Then they sent a delegation of two men and one woman to the by-then very active volcano. This group of three commanded the volcano, in the name of Jesus, to stop its destructive activity! Within 48 hours the volcano totally ceased erupting, much to the surprise of experts, who had forewarned that eruptions could even grow much stronger as they had in past centuries.
At the same time the church of Iceland was going through a difficult time of purification. Many unpleasant things were coming to the surface but were dealt with. Since that time and for the past four yours, about 20 Christian leaders have been meeting every week in a chapel in Reykjavik to pray for the revival of their country. Now they readily testify that bad things–like an economic crisis or the eruptions of a volcano–brought them together to pray earnestly for their country.
In earlier easier times, many Christians would not even meet, let alone agree to pray or plan together. Taking one more step, they have decided to set up a nationwide network of cells of prayer and blessing at ChristDay in Reykjavik, scheduled for September 27, 2014.
The vision for this ChristDay movement is that God would not only transform Iceland, but will use their country as a role model of transformation by prayer for other countries. These changed Christ followers believe that they are just the first of many places to be stricken by deep economic crises. But their understanding of a crisis is so much different than it was – just a few years ago!