Prayer focus: America's future leaders & their campuses

Thursday, February 13, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

students praying togetherOn February 27, every American college is slated to be covered in prayer so that their future leaders will powerfully impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Last year on February 28 – for the first time in 100 years – the Collegiate Day of Prayer (CDOP) mobilized believers to adopt every college campus in the United States to unite in prayer for their leaders so that each campus would be restored to carry out God's purposes.

The ministry is calling on Christians across America to choose and adopt a college closest to his or her heart or home – using its interactive map to coordinate the effort – and two weeks from today, to lift that campus and its students in prayer.

"On the evening of the Collegiate Day of Prayer (Feb. 27) – from 8–10 p.m. ET – there will be a simulcast interactive prayer meeting from the historic Dwight Chapel on the campus of Yale University," CDOP announced in a press release Monday. "Bob Bakke, veteran broadcast prayer leader, and the CDOP leadership team will give guidance to the evening of prayer for campuses and our nation's future leaders."

At press time, the united, multi-generational day of prayer – set up as a revival and awakening on college campuses across America – has adopted almost 1,700 campuses, while more than 2,600 remain unadopted, with nearly 1,000 campus ministries, churches and individuals having already signed up to pray.

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The event's leadership is stressing the urgency for the concerted prayer effort.

"If we win the spiritual battles across our nation but neglect our college campuses, all our progress will be undone in a generation, therefore, students today need our support and earnest prayers," CDOP advised.

"However, college students don't just need more prayer – they need our UNITED prayer. Without a greater degree of genuine, unified prayer, our hopes and dreams for this generation may never be realized."

Organizers call attention to Matthew 18:18-20, pointing out that "the greater the number united in faith and prayer, the easier the battle for this generation can be won."

Numerous Christian organizations have banded together to endorse the intercessory event, including CRU, the Navigators, Life Action, InterVarsity, Campus Renewal, YMAM, the Luke 18 Project, Christian Union, OneCry, TheCall and Christian Educators.

"College students have always been at the forefront of what God is doing in the world," says Dennis Gaylor, the former national director of Chi Alpha Campus Ministries. "The starting point of Christian spiritual stirrings and activity and revival begins when a handful of college students meet together on a campus for prayer."

The growth of the movement last year compared to the previous year was extraordinary, say organizers. In 2018, 1,759 campuses were adopted; in 2019, that jumped to 4,944. And while more than 3,200 campuses remained unadopted in 2018, none were left lacking last year. Furthermore, almost 2,300 campus ministries, churches and individuals signed up to pray (in 1,121 cities, 50 states and five countries) in 2018 – and the number shot up to 2,768 last year.


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