Forty Days and Forty Nights Prayer Initiative
It was a crucial time of great transition for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Israelites fresh out of slavery and camping in a remote wilderness. So, Moses went to Mt. Sinai where he focused on God and fasted for forty days and forty nights. He came off of that mountain with words from God that established the law for Israel and the Ten Commandments that continue to influence the world to this day.
Jesus also faced a crucial time as he prepared to transition from the carpentry shop into his earthly ministry. He was led of the Spirit into the wilderness where He focused on God and fasted for forty days and forty nights. He came out of the wilderness under the care of angels and immediately launched a ministry that continues to change the world to this day.
Piedmont is at a crucial time of transition as we seek to reach our world by accomplishing a vision to Teach All Nations. We are embracing innovation to provide the highest quality of education at the lowest cost of tuition in order to graduate many gospel-multiplying, self-reproducing, highly-influential Christian leaders in and from every state and nation. That goal depends on the synergy that is produced when we have a vibrant main campus, a worldwide online presence, and a strong core of graduate students, all serving God with excellence. It is impossible to accomplish this vision without the good hand of God and adequate funding.
So, in August Piedmont International University launched the Year of Prayer for the 2013-2014 school year. We are now ending that year with a call for forty days and forty nights of prayer that begins Wednesday morning (midnight) March 26 and will continue uninterrupted through Sunday night (midnight) May 4. Please sign up using our online form and then "like" us at Facebook.com/ PIU40DaysofPrayer to follow the progress, share encouraging words and write your own prayer requests and praises.
We are asking faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends to sign up for half hour time slots to ensure that all slots are full and the prayer chain continues uninterrupted. The signup sheet shows only one week, because we are asking you to repeat the same prayer schedule every week until the forty days are complete. For example, if you sign up to pray from 3:30-4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, then please repeat that schedule every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until May 4. If you live in a different time zone, are young and energetic or just want an opportunity to practice your spiritual discipline, please consider filling the nighttime slots first.
We thank God for the wonderful things He has been doing at Piedmont as we once again saw enrollment grow to an all-time high of 567 last year, and we enjoyed a wonderful end to our last fiscal year with an amazing amount of giving in June. We have also continued to develop international partnerships to provide advanced biblical education all around the world. In addition, we are now in the process of adding our Masters Degree in Education to the e4-12 lineup to be delivered in and through churches and schools.
But with all the blessing and potential, I would be remiss if I failed to mention our urgent ongoing needs, and my request is that you consider committing to pray fervently for Piedmont for the following three things; 1) Great Godliness – That faculty, staff, students and alumni alike would truly walk with God in holiness and love for God and neighbor, 2) Immediate Funding – That God would provide a large financial boost to enable us to accomplish His work more effectively, 3) Strong Enrollment – That God would continue to bring more and more students to PIU to be equipped for His service.
Finally, Moses and Jesus both fasted during their forty days, and we are encouraging those participating in our prayer chain to consider some form of fasting for some period(s) of time during these days. In addition, we are asking that individuals and groups take initiative and create your own prayer times. We look forward to hearing what God does in your life and ministry as well as sharing what He does here at Piedmont as we embark on forty days and forty nights of uninterrupted prayer.