• Baylor hosts Collegiate Day of Prayer, uniting thousands to pray for students everywhere

    Baylor students praying together in Waco Hall

    Each year, the Collegiate Day of Prayer unites college campuses all over the country in a day of prayer for revival and awakening, concluding with an evening service of prayer and worship on a college campus that is broadcast around the world.

    This year, Baylor University served as central host site for the Collegiate Day of Prayer service. Last Thursday, Baylor and Truett Seminary students, local pastors, and even President Livingstone led a Waco Hall audience full of BU students (plus thousands more on the livestream) in a night of prayer for our campus, college students everywhere, our nation, and the world. Beyond Waco Hall, audiences gathered for a simulcast at Antioch Waco and in several Baylor parent groups across the country, while many others joined in via a series of livestreams.

    [WATCH the complete livestream || See photos from Waco Hall]

    “Heavenly Father, we are so grateful for our college students,” prayed Dr. Livingstone in helping open the evening. “We know that you are at work in their lives, and that you have great plans for them, on our campuses and beyond… Father, we ask you to strengthen our students with power through your Spirit, so that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith. Let your kingdom come, and your will be done, on college campuses as it is in Heaven.”


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    The Feb. 29 service was the culmination of an extended effort by the CDOP, Baylor and a host of Waco-area churches. In the months leading up to it, churches across Waco took turns hosting “Last Thursdays” — prayer services in which community members gathered to pray for Baylor and college students everywhere. (Many of these churches plan to continue “Last Thursdays” prayer gatherings, creating a tradition that will carry on after the broadcast.) A 40-day prayer guide was shared with local churches and via the Baylor website, and Baylor’s Office of Spiritual Life also solicited prayer requests from BU students, which were then prayed over by local church representatives.

    In addition to this year’s Collegiate Day of Prayer, Baylor also hosts annual Community Prayer Breakfasts, in which Waco-area pastors and community leaders join President Livingstone and others in praying for students throughout the city. Baylor students also enjoy FM72 each spring, a three-day prayer vigil held at the center of campus on Fountain Mall; this year’s event is scheduled for March 24-27.

    Sic ’em, Baylor prayer warriors!