Just last week I had the opportunity to sit down with a student who was questioning the value of prayer. This was a conversation well worth having, especially in a year where the EU has committed to focussing on prayer as a key value. So why should we individually, and the EU corporately, value prayer?
As with all things our starting place for answering this lies in God’s word, where Jesus paints the picture that prayer is one of the best ways to accomplish God’s work in this world. In John 14:13-14 Jesus says “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” So when you or I pray to God in our homes, we are praying to the same God who is active in Syria, or Iraq, or China, or right here at Sydney University.
But we don’t pray to some genie in the sky and just wait for him to answer, rather we invite God into our situation and as we invite God to become involved in the blood, sweat and tears of our world we begin to see the world the way God does and our prayers become more and more aligned with His character.
Now this vision of prayer has already been embraced by the EU leadership, demonstrated at our recent Leadership Summit where prayer was at the forefront. I’m sure we’ve all sat through awkward prayer meetings where no one prayed, but during the prayer meetings held at Leadership Summit it was hard to even get a word in! This shows an EU keen to engage in constant prayer for the year ahead and the campus, even if that means getting up at 7am!
So as the EU this year seeks to emphasise the importance of prayer soaked ministry, by affirming the centrality and power of prayer in all aspects of the Christian life, will you join us?Back to Supporter Updates