One of our (precious, wonderful and amazing) students, Lucy, is setting up a prayer chain from 7am-7pm tomorrow.
She has broken the time up into 15 minute increments and has gotten about 60 students signed up to pray! We are so pumped to start this new semester off in the right way.
Here are so specific requests if you’d like to join us:
That God would put the desire to rush a sorority or fraternity on the hearts of incoming freshmen who are already solid believers, so they could come be workers in the harvest field of the Greek community.
Matt. 9:37-38 – “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.’”
That those growing through rush would question their own motives and purpose in joining a Greek organization, that the Lord would plant in their hearts a sense of urgency in seeking out the root of that desire.
That the Holy Spirit convicts them of their sinfulness/ that they feel the emptiness and dissatisfaction that comes from seeking anything but Jesus.
That God would plant in their hearts skepticism about all the lies they hear (about how fulfilling a lifestyle of binge drinking and random hookups is, about how what fraternity/sorority you partner with determines your status, about how important it is to wear the most expensive clothes and shoes, etc.) , and that the Spirit would guide them to truth.
John 16:8-11 – “…he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”
John 16:13 – “…he will guide you into all truth.”
That the upperclassmen would resist the sinfulness of gossiping, comparisons, judgment, and all the other ugly behaviors that come with being on the inside of a rush (at least on the sorority side).
That God draws the incoming freshmen going through Recruitment to Himself
John 6:44 – “No one can come to me unless the father who sent me draws him…”
That they will feel an emptiness that can only be satisfied by receiving Jesus into their lives.
That God will bless the meetings and conversations during recruitment between our Christian Greek leaders and non-Christian freshmen.
That they would desire to know God
2 Chron. 15:4 – “But in their distress they turned to the Lord, the God of Israel, and sought him, and he was found by them.”
Acts 17:27 – “God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”
That Satan is bound from blinding them to the truth; they would no longer believe that their earthly idols and vices give them satisfaction. In this case, there is plenty in the whole lifestyle of being Greek that the enemy uses to blind us to the truth- the party scene, the casual dating, comparison/competition, you name it… Pray that this darkness wouldn’t totally shroud the view of truth for our potential new members.
Matt. 13:19 – “When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart…”
2 Cor. 4:4 – “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
That all our organizations would receive them with open arms, welcoming hearts, warm smiles and sincere, genuine conversation. That we would show Christ’s love by treating these girls and guys as our sisters and brothers, not like potential pledges who owe us anything to deserve our friendship!
That believers in our organizations would rise up to mentor and encourage the incoming freshman class.
That we would show Christ in how we love each other during spirit week and the rush process
Pray for us all to remember above all else that WAY bigger than any recruitment or social event or school year, that we are here to love people as Christ loved us and to spread the awesome news of our salvation through Jesus. Pray that (for both us and the incoming freshman) our higher calling would be really imprinted on our hearts, and not just the stress and worldly demands that recruitment season bring.
Pray that the leaders, who will be praying, will see the Harvest and be called to work in it, both this year and in their careers after graduation!
Thanks for laboring with us!