Day 16. Friends.
Passion is not the only collegiate conference happening as 2006 comes to a close. Along with Campus Crusade and others who will be holding gatherings across the nation, Intervarsity will be hosting Urbana 2006, its 21st Student Missions Conference, in St. Louis, MO. While we are making final preparations for Passion 07, the Urbana team is getting ready for 25,000 in St. Louis. Amazing! The dates of Urbana are December 27-31 and I’d really love it if our Passion family prayed not for Passion today, but for those that are leading and attending this event. They have a massive task and a thundering legacy, hosting their first Urbana in 1946! Shelley and I have been before and count the leaders as friends. In fact, we have been in close contact with the Urbana folks for years, and especially in recent months as we have had the chance to pray for and encourage each other face to face. Urbana.org.
Father, we bring the whole Urbana team to You today, asking You to fill their hearts with confidence in what You are doing in their midst. We ask that the three years of effort invested in Urbana 2006 will bear staggering fruit for the cause of Your mission to bring hope and life to every person on this planet. We ask for Your protection and mercy on the Director, Jim T, and every staff person involved. Multiply these final hours as they prepare St. Louis for students to arrive from around the world. Holy Spirit, prepare every person coming and give them a hunger for more than an event. Birth something in this gathering that only a supernatural God could do, as healing and service sweep their hearts. We love these guys and pray that Urbana 2006 will mark history and leave the leaders smiling and in awe of You. Jesus, You are the hope of the world. Be everything at Urbana 2006! Amen.
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.” Colossians 1:9-12