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Father, we come with heavy hearts for the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to secure the freedoms we enjoy here in America. In many ways, we live because of their deaths. We come with heavy hearts for the families of the fallen. What pain. What sadness. How we break for the great loss they feel. Be with them.

Father, as this day directly focuses us on the brokenness of this world, we thank you there is a remedy. We thank you for Jesus’ sacrifice who secures the heavenly freedoms, eternal life, for those who trust him alone for their salvation. We ultimately live because of his death. God, be active in our military community today. Save. Mend. Heal. And love.

In Jesus’ name, amen.

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Prayer takes us out of this world and puts us in God’s world, an exercise through which we become equipped to be put back in this world for useful service. Jesus woke early in the morning and prayed, It is impossible to replace the voices of culture with God’s voice unless you are actively engaged in prayer, which is why the Apostle Paul said that we should “pray without ceasing” (The Culturally Savvy Christian, 104).

Leonard Ravenhill said…

“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even
have the strength to turn off your TV?”

By Carol Madison

Prayer First Communications Director 

As Nick Hall knelt down on the stage and pounded on it, he startled me. He called on the college and university students to get on their knees, put a stake in the ground, and give their lives to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening on their campuses.

I was startled because I had crawled under the stage to pray for Nick while he preached to a few thousand students at the University of Minnesota UNITE prayer gathering. When he pounded several times on the stage, I had thoughts of it collapsing on top of me! But at the same time, I was blessed and overwhelmed to hear the students respond by crying out to God for that spiritual awakening to begin.

Bethel and Prayer First Involvement

Prayer First and Bethel University were key partners in the UNITE event on the National Day of Prayer. It was a unique prayer gathering led by students, supported by older generations, and embraced by all denominations.

In some ways the vision actually originated with conversations between the Prayer First team and Ralph Gustafson of Bethel University over dinner one night at the Converge Biennial in Denver in 2010. There was a desire expressed to host some kind of prayer gathering or conference on the Bethel campus as a way to connect the prayer movement more closely with students.

 The vision began to grow with those of similar hearts. The Prayer First and Bethel representation joined  with leadership from Global Day of Prayer MN, Pulse Ministries, and Praise FM radio in the Twin Cities to launch a planning team. Soon other Christian colleges and campus ministries at the U of M joined in calling students and adults to prayer. As a result, some 2,500 people joined in prayer and worship on May 5 at the U of M Mariucci Hockey Arena.

Bethel University brought several busloads of students, initiated by Donna Johnson of the Pray First campus ministry. The Converge Prayer First team members were strategically involved in the planning of the event, and also took responsibility for on-site intercession for the students. Bob Bakke (Hillside Church of Bloomington, MN and GDOP MN), Nick Hall (Pulse Ministries), and Fern Nichols (Moms In Touch Intl.) joined forces to lead the prayer gathering in a generational representation.

From Generation to Generation

Fern Nichols mobilized 10,000 Moms In Touch groups to pray for the event. She summed up the hearts of moms around the country when she said, “I love you. Thousands of moms love you. We are counting on you, this next generation, for Jesus’ sake and for the Kingdom of God!”

Nick Hall responded (to the roar of the students’ approval): “God’s Word says one generation will commend God’s works to another. Tonight is not about asking the adults to pass some baton to us. It isn’t about saying we don’t need you anymore. This is about us as young people standing and saying, ‘Older generations, we need your help, your prayers, encouragement, wisdom, and guidance in our lives.’ We link our hearts together and pray for a multigenerational partnership in the gospel!”

Encouraging Responses

It was a powerful evening of prayer and worship. Some measurable results include:

  • More than 300 students indicated commitments to Christ.
  • Some 1,400 students signed response cards, indicating desire for future involvement in the prayer movement.
  • Throughout the nation, more than 1,500 people participated through streaming on the Internet
  • More than 100 student leaders participated in a follow-up meeting to begin planning for initiatives on their campuses in the fall.

As Dr. Bakke summarized the evening, “God was powerfully at work in our midst! But even more was accomplished according to the heart and dreams of Christ for spiritual awakening throughout the earth.”

Please be especially in prayer for a work of revival and spiritual awakening at Bethel University this fall. There was significant movement in the past year (a 40-day prayer tent, etc.), but keep seeking the Lord for an even greater outpouring of the Holy Spirit on this campus – and on other campuses across our nation!

Real church

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.  1 John 1:7

This is practical guidance for experiencing our free justification through the cross.  There is a continuous outflow from Christ into our hearts.  Here is where we find it:

But if we walk in the light

Walking in the light is being honest when God convicts our hearts of sin.  We lie to ourselves in many ways: “But this is my personality.  But my wife isn’t the girl I thought I was marrying.  But look how life has wounded me.  But what the Bible says is too demanding.  But I can’t change, etc.”  This is walking in the darkness.  But our hearts start cracking open when we call our sin what God calls it: sin.  No softening it.

Walking in the light means we no longer need to look better than we really are.  Our needs are too intense, and only God will suffice.

As he is in the light

It isn’t about rules; it’s about God himself.  If we are walking in hiddenness, we cannot experience him.  He is out there in the light of truth.

We have fellowship with one another

When we start walking in the light before the Lord, we discover one another at a deeper level.  We stop playing at church; we enter into fellowship.  We find how much we have in common.  The sympathy flows back and forth with joy.

And the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin

This is more than a human support group.  The sacred blood of Jesus is here.  And we bring no sin which his blood cannot cleanse away: “. . . all sin.”  That sin weighing most heavily on your conscience – that is the sin Jesus bled for.  Step out into the light, as the Holy Spirit nudges you.  Then take the next step after that, then the next – a new person walking in the light day by day, continually cleansed.  No more hiding.  You’re free.

Here is the price we pay: putting our pride away and admitting the truth, moment by moment, as we walk together in the light of the Lord

“Prayer lays hold of  God’s plan and becomes the link between His will and its accomplishment on earth. Amazing things happen, and we are given the privilege of being the channels of the Holy Spirit’s prayer.”

~ Elisabeth Elliot

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Don Carson and I turn 65 this year. Pondering this, I wrote about it with a list of some amazing accomplishments by people older than 65.

Robert Yarbrough, one of the editors of the just-published Don Carson Festschrift, took note of my celebration of senior accomplishments, and wrote to Don and me to remind us of a very productive octogenarian, Adolf Schlatter, a German biblical scholar who died on this day in 1938.

If you’re in your sixties or seventies get ready to be inspired. Here’s what Yarbrough wrote to us:

[May I remind you of] Schlatter’s 11th hour productivity—nine critical commentaries, for example, published around or after his 80th birthday.

In fact, he published 13 major works beginning in 1926—four years past his 70th birthday.

This does not count a large number of shorter or more popular works. Nor his university lectures and seminars, which continued until [he was eighty], I believe.

Since neither of you smokes cigars at the rate he did (unless your Spurgeon sympathies are even more comprehensive than I am aware), you may well have even higher energy levels for even more years. May God grant it!

If you’re interested, here’s a list (PDF) of all his major works and when he wrote them.

Heavenly Father,

I pray for that you bring about a deep conviction of sin, a spiritual brokenness, a holy fear of you and a genuine repentance among your people. 

Grant us a deep spiritual hunger!

In Jesus Name!

Amen! 


Prayer must carry on our work as much as preaching; he preacheth not heartily to his people that will not pray for them.

~ Richard Baxter, 1615 – 1691

1. Harold Camping

2. Rob Bell

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