Students Want to Pray

September 15, 2016 by Kate Yates in ,

Meredith was the first student I started working with about three years ago. My vision was to see students represent Open Doors on their campus and she was the first student to step forward. Hear from her how she became the first Campus Connector.

Following God’s lead can seem inconvenient, especially when school responsibilities are already heavy. As a busy nursing student, I was hesitant to respond to God’s call for me to lead a prayer meeting on my university’s campus for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP). Organizing and leading a prayer meeting would take time, which was a valuable commodity in college. Still, I could not escape God’s prompting to spread awareness about IDOP on my campus.

So I began preparations for the prayer meeting. I did not know how to advertise and put on a meeting like this on a campus with thousands of students, but God led me to the right people and school departments to make it happen. IDOP arrived, and students came together and prayed for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Jesus. The Lord was working. Through this process, God touched His global Church, initiated relationships between prayer warriors on my campus, and connected Open Doors and my university. God used this IDOP prayer meeting as a pivotal part of what He was doing in me and on my campus.

This process did not stop there. Since then, I became an Open Doors Campus Connector and volunteered with various events on my university’s campus, including two more years’ worth of IDOP events. I discovered that students want to pray for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. God would have taken care of the Persecuted Church whether I spread awareness about it at my school or not; but it was an honor to lead in this way, knowing that God was using my obedience to make an eternal impact.

What is God leading you to do for the Persecuted Church? What will be your response? I urge you to follow God’s call, whatever that may be, like Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:8, which says, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here am I. Send me!’” (NIV).

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