On September 9, 2015, the National Day of Prayer Task Force and its many ministry partners began a 56-day trek around the country, traveling 5,915 miles through 26 states to mobilize prayer on more than 50 college campuses. The tour concluded today, November 4, 2015, in Washington D.C. at the Department of Education.
Already the stories coming in are powerful and we look forward to sharing the impact of what God is doing across the nation. After only a few days on the road, our team collected 15 pages of testimonies and over 120 recorded videos. Many of the top schools in the country hosted the National Day of Prayer staff for times of prayer and intercession – including Harvard, Yale, MIT, OSU, Purdue and many others. Conservative estimates indicate that our team was able to engage 8,000 students and 900 administrators, faculty and campus ministry leaders, which equates to 159 people for every single day of the tour.
THAT'S A WRAP!
Last night our team partnered with David's Tent DC and led prayer and worship on the national mall in Washington D.C. exalting the King of Glory for everything He has done on this tour. We are so grateful and excited for the ways God is moving on university campuses nationwide.
This morning we wrapped up the tour praying at the Department of Education and we are filled with HOPE..GOD IS ON THE MOVE! Continue to pray for an outpouring of the Spirit in our nation's capital as influential leaders sculpt curriculum and legislation that will directly disciple our children and our children's children. Prayer is powerful!
Liberty . . . at Liberty University
We spent the day with students and campus pastors at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. The testimonies of the students and leaders, are that prayer is not only encouraged, but taught and practiced as an important component of campus life.
In addition, there are several student led prayer gatherings on campus every week, filled with young men and women who are crying out for revival and intimacy with Jesus! These men and women of God don't want religiousness, they want a deeper relationship with Jesus himself.
Join us tomorrow in Washington D.C. at David's Tent! On the national mall, next to the Washington Monument, we will be worshipping at the tent from 5-7pm! Come join us as we praise Jesus together in our Nation's Capitol! #pray4america #davidstentdc #iamdavidstent
A Battle of Philosophies and a Battle of the Gods
The challenges that college students are facing on campus today are different than in previous generations! In the past, Christian students faced secular humanism, their beliefs were challenged, and they were forced to learn how to answer non-believers regarding the existence of God - unfortunately, many lost their faith in the process because they weren't prepared, and instead of persuading, they were persuaded.
Today, a new challenger has arrived, not arguing the existence of God, but embracing a different one - and college students are openly proselytized in student centers. While Christians are being sued for praying in school, other religious groups are being accommodated.
Either way, Christian students today MUST “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have." and have the ability to reason, contrast, and then articulate who Jesus is, and why the Bible is true!
One of our partner ministries on the tour has been Ratio Christi. Pray for an army of young apologists for every campus in our nation and for organizations like theirs who are equipping them!
Radford and Virginia Tech - Picturesque Yet Painful
Near Blacksburg VA, two campuses educate thousands of students every year. Radford is smaller, and about 30 minutes away from the bigger school, Virginia Tech. Radford, nestled in a small valley is picturesque, and reminiscent of the college campuses that our parents or grandparents might have experienced years ago. Virginia Tech is expansive but beautiful, with gorgeous stone buildings, and beautiful walkways.
On April 16, 2007, Virginia Tech's campus and culture were changed forever, when a student, Seung-Hui Cho fatally shot 32 faculty members and students, wounding 17 others before killing himself on campus; the massacre is the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history.
What the enemy meant for evil, the Lord used to draw this community together, in ways that you can still see. Christian faculty, local churches, and students still have an unusual unity and bond on this campus.
NC State - Mighty Young Men of God
On the campus of NC State, we connected with a dozen young men of God who are not only contending for their campus, but for their region, and their nation!
Niko, Sam, Chris, Nick, D.J. and others are praying and reaching other students across the south for Jesus! Niko, at 23, is speaking all across the nation, and making an impact for Jesus, reaching tens of thousands in his generation.
Their message is simple, 'Jesus wants to ignite this generation, are you ready to give it all for Him?!' Their influence is as great as their faith, a faith that believes that God is who He says He is, and that He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above, anything that they can even ask or think!
Jesus at Carolina
UNC Chapel Hill has a long heritage as a basketball powerhouse, with many of its alumni, like Michael Jordan, going on to play in the NBA. But after visiting with coaches and staff, you can see where the real power comes from, from the influence of Jesus working in the lives of both student athletes and leaders. Bible studies and prayer are a regular feature here because the know where there help and strength come from!
After our visit with the athletic center, we set up at the brand new NC Study Center. Ministry leaders and students dropped by to meet and pray with us, and we learned that God is doing an amazing work of building unity in campus ministries by bringing so many groups together in one place.
That evening, we joined a group of students who are part of the Ignite Carolina's movement as they praised Jesus and prayed at the bell tower!
Please pray for these amazing students and leaders!
Students that Love Jesus at UNC Charlotte
Last Friday, we spent the day with some amazing ministry leaders, students, and prayer warriors on the green outside of the Student Center on campus.
Two of the students we met asked us to pray in the same way that dozens of other students, on dozens of other campuses have asked us to pray on this tour - for Jesus to bring hope, for awakening and revival to break out, and for unity among campus ministries! Over and over and over, this is the theme that is ringing out across the nation among this generations!
This generation resonates with Leonard Ravenhill, who said,
'No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere.'
An Awakening at Clemson University
There is an awakening happening on the campus of Clemson University in South Carolina. Students by the hundreds are encountering Jesus in a very real and profound way! Young men and women were sharing with us that they were experiencing encounters with the Lord during prayer and worship, and that there are hundreds who are seeking an intimate, authentic relationship with Jesus, and that they were being touched by the love, grace, and mercy of their loving Father. They told us that bondages are being broken, and people are being set free!
One of our NDP friends who had come to join us was in tears as he listened to these young people, sharing with them that he had graduated from Clemson over 55 years earlier, and that these young leaders were an answer to the prayers that he and others have been praying for years!
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
James 5:16 NKJV
Continue to pray that this awakening and others ignite and spreads across our nation and through our schools, colleges, and Universities!
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