University students around the world are finishing their semester exams and looking forward to work, summer study, short-term missions trips. Pray for student believers… for their commitment to their personal walk with God, continuing habits of daily Bible reading and prayer and participating in community life with other believers in their home churches. Pray especially for those who have become Christ-followers on campus and are returning “home” to neutral or hostile spiritual environments. Pray for students in the business world to live out their faith in the marketplace, reflecting God’s glory to coworkers in relationships and character and work ethic.
Pray for students remaining on campus continue to grow in faith, recognizing the campus as a mission field and engaging other students in dialogue about Jesus. Pray that God would continue to equip them through His Holy Spirit as they encounter big questions about their faith and their beliefs. There are no new intellectual arguments that has not been encountered for the last 2000 years.
Pray for students on short-term trips, providing needed goods and services to communities, sharing the good news about Jesus, and learning the needs of those around the world. Pray for students to grow a heart for missions that will define their life worldview.
Pray ahead to Urbana ‘15, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s triennial missions conference. Teaching will be done from the book of Matthew, beginning with the necessity of a firm foundation (Matt. 7 - a house built on rock stands firm), the central story being Jesus’ crucifixion and the cross. The goal is to hear the Great Commission (usually quoted in isolation from its context), from the point of view of looking at the place of the nations in Jesus’ story from His birth through His resurrection.
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with your always, to the very ends of the age.” [Matthew 28:19,20]