Dear Prayer Partners,
We are especially grateful for your prayers during these unprecedented times. There is a strange comfort and sense of brotherhood found in Scripture as we consider others who remained faithful in their own strange times. I came across the remarkable account of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, this week. When faced with annihilation by a superior army, he let his fear take him straight to God instead of into rash action or fruitless worry. In humility, he boldly called upon the One who is sovereign, claiming the promises of God, and drawing the whole nation – men, women, and children into fasting and expectant prayer as well. "We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you!" he cried out. The anguished place of uncertainty was given to the Lord who responded with His Spirit through a prophet, "Do not be afraid or dismayed…for the battle belongs to the Lord". The king responded with confidence and enjoined the people as they marched out in obedience to "Believe in the Lord God, believe His prophets!" Instead of fear, or rage, the people march out against the enemy with song and praise on their lips and find that the battle was indeed already fought and won by the invisible, almighty God. This is the God we serve! He delights to respond to the earnest prayers, the desperate fasting, and the songs and praises of His people! Let us draw strength and faith for this unique time in our history to believe God, to seek him whole-heartedly on behalf of the world, our nation, and all the people we can reach in our spheres.
We ask for your specific prayers in these ways:
- Continuing the ministry in a virtual format. This includes Bible Courses, prayer groups,
and discipleship relationships. Pray that students will be blessed and strengthened as
they “press in” to connect with God and each other. Pray that the staff and student
leaders would think creatively with the Lord, pray boldly into God's will for Yale, and
steward well our days in this unique time.
- For a “holy reset”. That time away from the many pressures and distractions on campus would be a healthy and fruitful time for students to seek God and love family and friends more than ever!
- For Revival. May our prayers continue to cover the campus, perhaps especially while
the students are gone, so that light and truth may shine, pushing back the kingdom of darkness. When the students return, may there be a rich revival!
For such a time as this we have been placed to bear witness to God's sovereignty, to call upon Him with earnestness, to model repentance, to boldly encourage and shine light into the darkness!
Christian Union Lux