What would it take to engage the 2.5 million college and university students across our nation with the gospel? What would it take for us to ignite spiritual reawakening across our campuses?
What would it take?
Together, we long for the day when no student graduates without engaging with the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ. But we’re not there yet. I believe we won’t see this vision realized unless God moves powerfully in our nation.
Jesus told the story of the persistent widow (Luke 18:1-8) to show us that we “should always pray and not give up.” What might God do if we fell on our knees and said, “We will not stop crying out for awakening until you answer!”
I am to inviting you to link arms across the country and join in a national movement of prayer. We are already all praying individually and in clusters, but what if we did this together—as one movement, with one voice, in one accord?
Fasting is one of the most under-practised and least understood spiritual disciplines today. When I participate in a fast my desire for him grows. My physical hunger pangs remind me of how to long for his presence.
I hear more clearly from him about what I should be praying as my heart and mind dial into his Spirit. My prayers become more fervent as I experience his Spirit more intensely, and his desires become my desires.
The first time I ever practised the spiritual discipline of fasting was after reading The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun in my third year of university. Brother Yun’s life was marked by powerful moves of God that I wanted to be true of my life. But I recognized that there were many areas of life that I had yet to surrender to the Lord.
I was full of self-dependence, self-reliance, confidence in my own strategies, and a lack of humility before the Lord. My decision to try a period of fasting flowed from my desire to surrender all to Jesus.
Since that first time, I have practised both short term (one day at a time) and extended fasting (longer than three days) and each time God has taught me several poignant truths:
- He is the one who sustains me
- He is the one who satisfies me
- He is the one who fills me
Fasting may be new to you. It will be difficult and uncomfortable. It may even seem impossible! But it is in those situations that we experience God in new and fresh ways.
Fasting does not strong-arm God into answering our prayers, rather it is a reflection of our hunger to see him move and experience his presence in our lives. I invite you to take a step of faith and trust God in this area of prayer and fasting.
I’m inviting you to join a national movement of prayer. From coast to coast, let us in a unified voice plead with God for the salvation of students across this country. Let’s, together, plead with God to pour out his Spirit in an unprecedented way this year.
Three ways to add your united voice:
- Join us for Every Student Sunday a national day of praying for students.
- Subscribe to receive our monthly email newsletter sharing stories of how God is changing students’ lives. We’ll highlight ways that you can be involved, including prayer opportunities. As a way to say thank you for signing up with us, we will send you our prayer guide.
- Join our Prayer & Encouragement Facebook Group. Often up-to-date requests from across the movement are posted here.
Let us cover each day this fall in prayer and fasting. Let us feel the weight of eternity on our hearts, and pray and fast and say, “I will stand in the gap for the thousands of students in my country today.”
Every Student Sunday is a nationwide day of prayer hosted by local churches across the country. Everything you need to know is on the linked page.
Champion Every Student Sunday at your local church and watch God use you to help activate the prayers of thousands of believers for this generation of students. This is your opportunity to mobilize your church family to pray during your Sunday service for the more than 2.5 million post-secondary students in Canada. We have created a flexible church presentation package so you can help your church pray during your Sunday gathering. Check it out!
If you would like to learn more about fasting and prayer please view this resource written by Dr. Bill Bright.