My morning Comcast online offerings featured a two minute video on prayer movements at major secular colleges across America. The school highlighted in this particular report was the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The news clip showed students dancing in a drunken stupor, stumbling in the streets of Madison and acting like fools. It then showed large crowds of students worshiping and praying in sharp contrast. The question was simple: Play or Pray? The report said Campus Crusade for Christ is now starting considerably more college chapters than in recent years. It also reported that prayer movements are touching major schools all across America. Further noted was a survey report that said 79% of today’s college students believe in God and 69% still pray. Though traditional forms of church are not popular with most college students spiritual interest, including interest in Christianity, is growing and appears to be both deep an wide.

I am frankly not amazed at this report based upon my own tracking of these trends for over thirty-five years. I think we may very well be on the verge of a wide-scaled spiritual awakening among the next generation. I also expect this movement of the Spirit to touch colleges profoundly, the very place where these movements have very often first touched American society. Anyone who loves the kingdom of God ought to pray for such a great movement of the Spirit on campuses all across America.

This may be the greatest recent sign that we have that the Spirit is about to awaken a new generation to the supremacy of Christ. Let us pray to this end and let all who love Christ fervently join such prayers, prayers that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants should all be able to pray. Keep watching and encourage others to join you in these prayers. Encourage student-based ministries to get as much training as possible so they will know what to do with this new harvest when it comes. I will seek to give periodic reports when I have good reason to share them.

My morning prayer: "Revive us again in the midst of the years that your people may rejoice in you."

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  2. Steve Scott December 15, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    John, no surprise here, either. A young man new to our congregation in the late 90’s was previously converted through a ministry at UCLA and had such a heart for students that he started one on the campus of…Berkeley. Today it’s our most fruitful ministry, with dozens of students participating. Our body now consists of quite a few foreign national students having first heard of the gospel through this ministry.
    In a separate story, two radical Berkeley students (radical Christian, that is) organized a popular Reformed conference circuit date in Berkeley with some big name speakers. When 400 people showed up on campus, many of them students, those men were stunned. They couldn’t wait to get back and tell their congregations and seminaries what was going on in California. You just never know.

  3. James Fletcher Baxter December 16, 2006 at 9:00 am

    That human institution which is structured on the
    principle, “…all men are endowed by their Creator with
    …Liberty…,” is a system with its roots in the natural
    Order of the universe. The opponents of such a system are
    necessarily engaged in a losing contest with nature and
    nature’s God. Biblical principles are still today the
    foundation under Western Civilization and the American
    way of life. To the advent of a new season we commend the
    present generation and the “multitudes in the valley of
    Let us proclaim it. Behold!
    The Season of Generation-Choicemaker Joel 3:14 KJV
    “Man cannot make or invent or contrive principles. He
    can only discover them and he ought to look through the
    discovery to the Author.” — Thomas Paine 1797
    “Got Criteria?” See Psalm 119:1-176
    semper fidelis
    Jim Baxter
    Sgt. USMC
    WWII & Korean War
    Teacher, 5th Grade – 30 years
    MERRY CHRISTMAS December 25, 2006 AD

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