Feb 22, 2011

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The Collegiate Day of Prayer

Thursdays are usually pretty typical for me. Depending on the week (we alternate every other week), it starts off with a covenant group meeting with several of the women campus ministers in the morning (yay girl power!), followed by finishing up tasks in the office.

Before long, it’s lunch time, more emailing and scheduling, then events team meeting with my student leaders, topped off with band practice at my church in the evenings before finally heading home, usually before 9pm.

This Thursday however, I’ll be going strong till midnight, or just past. Why? Because this Thursday is also the Collegiate Day of Prayer.

Crying out for campuses

If you’ve never heard of it, the Collegiate Day of Prayer, or CDOP, is a day set aside every year specifically for people across the nation to pray for college campuses.

Held on the last Thursday of February, it is a time where Christians can come together for a full 24 hours to cry out to God for the revival and transformation of campuses.

The thought is this: it is not enough to just talk about changing campuses for God’s glory, we must also be willing to take action and pray. After all, if we ever expect anything to happen, it first starts with asking God through prayer.

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

Standing as one

Here at The University of Texas, students from all different ministries will gather together on Thursday as the collected Body of Christ.

The plan is to be praying every hour on the hour at the tower (a UT landmark) the moment it hits midnight on Wednesday, and also have prayerwalks around campus. Finally, we will end with a time of united prayer and worship on Thursday at 10pm to close out CDOP.

Not only is this an excellent way to give students an even greater heart and passion for their campus, but it helps foster unity and vision to be able to work together and pray with other Christians regardless of their denomination or ministry.

The hope is that CDOP won’t just be a one time event, but instead spur students on to pray with even greater fervor for their campus, believing that as more people pray, God will hear our prayers and do amazing things at UT.

Join the team

So this year, if you haven’t done so already, sign up and adopt a campus in your city to pray for! Join with others across the country as we lift college campuses up in prayer, and see what God does through this act of faith.

Thursday is approaching fast, and students everywhere are getting their game faces on to pray, worship and celebrate Christ on their campuses. Will you be one of them?

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