Week of December 3

Three weeks to go before InterVarsity cohosts Urbana 18, the 25th triennial Student Missions Conference in St. Louis, Missouri! For thousands who have registered, pray that the Lord will prepare them for their next steps in God’s global mission. Also pray for those who have yet to register, to trust God’s guidance and provision. Pray too for the Program and Operations Teams as they work on the integration of all details to best serve participants.

As students face exams and project deadlines before the winter break and Christmas holidays, this can be a difficult time of year. Pray especially for students suffering with anxiety and depression, that they will reach out to trusted friends and know that God hears their prayers.

InterVarsity is seeking partners as we pursue our 2030 Calling which is summarized as longing for revival, we catalyze movements that call every corner of every campus to follow Jesus. Pray that God will guide us to new ways to partner with individuals, a variety of campus ministries, churches, and Christian colleges and seminaries. 

Week of December 10

Praise God that 10 students have formed the core of InterVarsity’s chapter plant at Southern University and A & M College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Chelir Grady, Campus Staff Minister in Houston, is helping plant the chapter with weekly video conference calls and monthly campus visits. Pray that the Holy Spirit would inspire Chelir, students would grow in Jesus, and God would provide a full-time staff minister.

InterVarsity is expanding as we pursue our 2030 Calling. There are many positions to be filled. Ask God to provide especially, right now, applicants for National Director of Alumni Relations and National Director of Campus Volunteers. 

Pray for spiritual protection for InterVarsity leaders and all of our staff. As we boldly pursue ambitious goals, we are seeing increased spiritual attacks.

Week of December 17

Please pray for InterVarsity staff directors and managers, that their supervision will be filled with godly wisdom, sensitivity, and loving concern. 

During this holiday season, pray that shoppers will consider thoughtful Christian books for some of their gift giving, including InterVarsity Press books. Go to www.ivpress.com  for the latest titles from IVP.

A select group of students across the country have been invited to join InterVarsity staff. As these students seek godly counsel, consult Scripture, ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit, and pray for God’s wisdom, pray that they would discern God’s will and trust the Lord for the future.

Week of December 24

As Christmas Eve descends and Christmas Day dawns across our nation and around the world, the InterVarsity family wishes you God’s blessings. “O come, let us adore Him, O come let us adore Him, O come let us adores Him, Christ the Lord.”

On Thursday, December 27, people from North America and overseas are arriving in St. Louis, Missouri, for Urbana 18. For five days, participants will learn about God at work in the world through missions. Pray that thousands will commit to following Jesus to all nations and find their place in bringing the gospel to every people group.

Students are on campus for a relatively short time; faculty members, on the other hand can serve the community for decades. Pray for more faculty to recognize in the gospel message the true redemption that everyone needs and become followers of Christ. Thank God for InterVarsity staff ministers who focus on Faculty Ministry.

Week of December 31

Pray for safe travel for all students, faculty, and other participants as they depart from Urbana 18 and journey home. Ask the Lord to provide wisdom and guidance to each one who made commitments to missions at home or abroad.

Happy New Year! Pray that as we enter into 2019, our God will sovereignly change the campus climate at colleges where opposition to the proclaiming of the gospel has been most intense, and bring peace and healing. Praise God for campuses that have given InterVarsity and other ministries access to freely share the good news.

Pray for InterVarsity small group students leaders who are on the front lines of campus ministry. These students carry both course loads and the responsibility to make time to prepare for the weekly group gatherings. Ask God to encourage them as they have opportunities to give an invitation to faith every week.