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 and prayed 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 and prayed 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 join forces with Tennessee Temple University and together work to reach our world with the gospel of Jesus Christ by pursuing a vision to Teach All Nations. This merger is more analogous to a marriage than the death of a spouse. In most mergers there are winners and losers with one going away and the other being left with the assets. In a marriage one partner may move and someone may change a name, but no one disappears. Two simply become one. Tennessee Temple is moving to Winston-Salem, and names are being adjusted. We will now be Piedmont International University, Home of Temple Baptist Seminary. Neither school disappears.
Of course, there’s a big difference between a wedding and a marriage. One is an event and the other is a process. A wedding happens on a certain date and time, but a strong marriage is built over a lifetime. PIU and TTU will officially “marry” on April 30, 2015, but the greatest chance to have a lasting impact will depend on how harmonious our long-term relationship will be. Our institutional prayer request during these 40 Days and 40 Nights of Prayer is that God will pull these two great schools together, and that the marriage will be characterized by the love, humility, and cooperation for which Christ-followers should be known.
Understanding our deep need for God’s good hand to accomplish this, we are ending our school year with a call for forty days and forty nights of prayer that begins Sunday morning (midnight) March 22 and will continue uninterrupted through Thursday night (midnight) April 30 (the date of merger).
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 timeslots 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 April 30. 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. Make sure that your entry is in Eastern Standard Time (GMT -4:00). So, if you are in Zambia and plan to pray at 3:30 pm, you will choose a 9:30 am timeslot.
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.