There is a revival happening with many students and yet it must spread so that every young person has a chance to meet Jesus during this critical season of life. On Feb 25, we will continue to be a part of the oldest Day of Prayer in the USA, the Collegiate Day of Prayer. While student ministries in hundreds of colleges will have special prayer meetings, most adults have no idea what God is doing. Would you join me as moms and dads and pastors and leaders and commit to pray for a college campus? Less than half of the 3300 universities will have one person praying for them.
What happens on our university campuses has great influence over the course of our nation. Where else will you find all of a nation’s future leaders gathered in one place for four years? As the students go, so goes the nation!
But there is a crisis on our college campuses today: they are in dire need of the presence of God! The reality is that universities are not only training future leaders into occupational roles; they are also systematically shaping the hearts and minds of young people into a worldview devoid of God:
- Among students who begin their college life as Christians, 75% fall away from their faith during their college years, and most do not return…
- On most university campuses across the nation, the percentage of Christians is less than 5% of the student population…
- The consequences of this reality are widespread and felt in many churches across America, as the 18 to 29 age group is almost completely missing from the Church!
We are losing an entire generation during their college years. Yet, there is hope. In a similar day of our nation’s history in the 1820’s, the Church became greatly concerned for the young people on college campuses. They began to unite in fervent prayer on the last Thursday of February each year, for the outpouring of God’s Spirit on colleges and universities.
Within a few short years, revival began to break out on a number of college campuses, significantly transforming the culture and spiritual atmosphere of many of our largest universities. As a result, pastors began encouraging parents to send their kids to college – if they wanted to see them safe and soundly converted! God has done it before; let’s ask Him to do it again.
On Thurs., February 25th on the Collegiate Day of Prayer, we are calling for fathers, mothers, grandparents, students and faculty – to cry out for the soul of the young people of our nation, in united prayer. Will you join your voice in seeing another great awakening come to the college campuses of America?
Adopt a college campus (or more than one) at www.collegiatedayofprayer.org, and join in a united cry for God to send revival to the next generation!