In the late 1780’s God radically redefined the Church’s vision and understanding of corporate prayer. It all started when a handful of young British ministers resurrected a 40 year old prayer strategy called the “Concert of Prayer” movement. The main premise for this prayer call was outlined in a little book by Jonathan Edwards entitled “A HUMBLE ATTEMPT to promote an explicit agreement and visible union of God's people through the world, in extraordinary PRAYER, for the REVIVAL of religion, and the advancement of Christ's kingdom on earth.” Mr. Edwards’ dream of a united and praying Church was suddenly being reignited in the hearts of a whole new generation. This little book with the BIG title was soon reprinted and widely circulated among ministers on both sides of the Atlantic. Pastors throughout America warmly embraced the challenge and began to pray for revival together on the same day of each month.
Collegiate Day of Prayer has a significant history in the spiritual awakenings that have been birthed in our nation on the college campuses.
That’s why Thursday, February 25, 2016 is a significant day for all of us in the collegiate ministry world to circle on our calendars. No matter your denomination, location, or ministry role – we all agree – it’s imperative that we pray fervently for God to move in the lives of college students and to use them to bring about a movement of God like our nation has never seen before.
Why is Collegiate Day of Prayer Important for College Ministries? Here are 3 reasons that I believe it’s important for us!
1. There is an urgency
In Matthew 9.35-38, Jesus looks upon the crowd and has compassion upon them because they are “weary and worn out, like sheep without a shepherd.”
God is inviting us to ask Him for something BIG. This is NOT an hour to be hopeless and prayerless — This is a time to ASK and RECEIVE a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit — A time to ask the Father to bless this dry and thirsty generation! Will you join us in asking God to move in power on every every four-year and two-year college campus across America.
We presently have 968 college campuses that have been adopted. That means we have 2,136 colleges that still remain unadopted. 913 campus ministries, churches, and individuals are currently signed up to pray from 581 cities in 48 states. However, we still don’t have a prayer group registered in Alaska and Montana. Every college in every state needs your prayers.
God is orchestrating much this semester with colleges across America, and we want you to be a part of it. As you know, the Collegiate Day of Prayer is a joint effort between ministries and churches across America. To that end we have no specific organization to promote but we want you to see how your participation in the Collegiate Day of Prayer fits into an amazing symphony God is conducting this semester. Read on… you won’t be disappointed.
From the First and Second Great Awakenings in the 1700 and 1800’s to the Student Volunteer Missions and Jesus Movements of the 1900’s, every great move of God has been preceded by a great movement of prayer. And historically, university campuses have been the catalytic seedbed for such seasons of revival. As Jonathan Edwards, father of the Great Awakening, observed, "It all began with the young people."
As Jesus went into the wilderness for 40 days to fast and pray before He “returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,” what could happen if the college students of America gave themselves to 40 days to fast and pray for another Jesus movement in our nation?