Back to NewsApril 1, 2010

Bible College News: Pause

Pause, it is something few people do in today’s culture. Sure we “pause” at a red light or to let someone pass before us, but typically our days go by, schedules fill, and we miss opportunities to pause and be with God. ABC’s Day of Prayer is designed to interrupt the routine of life and express to students the value of prayer in the life of the believer.

As students and staff gathered for prayer Wednesday, March 31, 2010, it was evident that it was going to be a unique Day of Prayer. Dr. Anderson began by focusing hearts with the phrase, “Pause—Our Duty”, and captured 5 principals for “closet prayer” from Matthew 6:6. As the morning progressed, we paused in prayer five different times for 25-45 minutes each time.

  1. Pause to Cleanse. Did you stop to shower today? Maybe wash your hands? What about a spiritual cleansing by confessing your known sin to Christ? This was the first “Pause” staff and students were confronted with.
  2. Pause to Celebrate. The natural reaction to spiritual cleansing is a refreshing, vibrant communion with God which results in praising Him. What a unique time it was hearing individuals praise God for who He is and what He has done.
  3. Pause to Cry. The transparency of our campus family during this time was heavenly. Hearts were moved by God to literally cry out for lost loved ones, unsaved friends, and laborers for the harvest fields of the world.
  4. Pause to Carry. As we sang “I Must Tell Jesus” the reality that we cannot carry our burdens alone set in. Whether it was health issues, wayward family and friends, future decisions, or present challenges, no one in attendance carried their burden alone.
  5. Pause to Connect. This provided staff and student prayer partners the opportunity to connect and spend devoted time in personal prayer together.

In the end, students and staff alike expressed what a blessing it is to be on a campus that prioritizes what God places priority on. Have you paused to pray today?

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