Last month at Ambition, InterVarsity's triennial chapter planting conference, I (along with twenty UC San Diego students) joined virtually with nearly two thousand students, volunteers, staff, and alumni from across the United States and were encouraged by stories of how God has been mobilizing breakthrough prayer movements on unreached campuses across the country. I was particularly struck by one such story out of Nebraska in which InterVarsity volunteer Veronica has committed to intentionally seeking revival in the next generation of global leaders by prayer walking every college campus in the state. Her story (embedded in the five-minute video below) bears witness to the kind of prayer life that I want to have and that I long for in the students I serve at UC San Diego. Check it out!
As I reflect on the power of Veronica's story, I'm reminded that consistent communion with God in prayer is the essential but often easily-overlooked backbone of healthy, sustainable ministry to the the college campus. This is so important, in fact, that today I'm led to take pause from sharing my usual string of UC San Diego ministry highlights to instead confess that my own prayer life has been minimal at best in this season, commonly drowned out by a barrage of racing, anxious, depressive, self-obsessive thoughts. Perhaps you relate, particularly in these challenging times. If so, you're not alone!
Friends, I long for revival in my prayer life... Perhaps this is something we can long for together, for one another and for the students, faculty, and administrators of UC San Diego. In considering where to start, I'm encouraged by the fact that the Apostle Paul seems to touch on this longing in his letter to the church in Rome, pointing to the incredible hope available to us through the power of the Holy Spirit:
"...The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God." Romans 8:26-27 (NIV)
As I consider the wordless groans in my own heart and my struggles with communicating them to you now (not to mention the wordless groans within the hearts of the students God has entrusted me to invest in at UC San Diego), I invite you to pause and pray with me throughout the month of March, as God leads you. If any Scriptures, encouragements, other words or images, etc., come to mind as you pray (or if you would like to share a praise or prayer request of your own), please reply to this email and share that with me.
I get the sense that the Lord wants to bring clarity to our wordless groans as we share with one another in prayer. These are the roots of revival, starting in the innermost parts of ourselves and overflowing into our daily lives and relationships.
And in that spirit of overflow, I want to once again recognize your continued faithfulness in partnering both prayerfully and financially with God's work at UC San Diego and beyond, especially in these challenging times. The sacrificial investment of your time and resources does not go unnoticed. Thank you. Would God bless you and your family richly as He meets you in prayer.
For God's glory and fame, Stephen Sena Philippians 1:3-11