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Father, we pray for Your protection over the revivals going from campus to campus. May the attacks on them intensify their fire.
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On Tuesday night, Sept. 12, a spontaneous revival broke out at Auburn University, in Alabama, following similar moves of God on the campuses of Asbury, Lee, and Samford universities earlier this year. According to the article on Faithwire, more than 5,000 people showed up to Unite Auburn’s Night of Worship, in the Neville Arena. The campus ministry’s outreach was created to bring together the Alabama school’s Christian community for a night of worship. It featured New York Times bestselling author Jennie Allen and Pastor Jonathan Pokluda as guest speakers, and worship music led by Passion. The event resulted in an impromptu baptism of 200 people in a lake near Auburn’s Red Barn. Allen and ten others, including head football coach Hugh Freeze, got into the water to baptize the hundreds that were crowding around the lake.

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According to The Washington Times, Tonya Prewett, wife of assistant basketball coach Chad Prewitt and the evening’s principal organizer, said the event was designed to help students struggling with the pressure of post-pandemic life on campus. She said she’d begun praying in January with several students she had been mentoring. Prewitt continued to meet and pray weekly with those students through May. About six weeks ago, plans came together for the Unite Auburn event, which she anticipated would end with attendees singing some worship songs. Of Tuesday’s event, she said: “It started here, but it’s not going to stop here.” Since then, ten other schools have called to ask how their campuses can hold similar events.

God is on the move on America’s college and university campuses, and Satan hates it. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Auburn revival has come under attack. The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent a letter to Auburn University President Christopher Roberts warning that more than 200 student baptisms, especially since they were assisted by the Auburn football head coach, somehow violate the Constitution’s Establishment Clause.

The letter includes the usual anti-Christian rhetoric: “These ongoing and repeated constitutional violations at the University create a coercive environment that excludes those students who don’t subscribe to the Christian views being pushed onto players by their coaches,” it states. “Auburn University is a public university, not a religious one. It is inappropriate and unconstitutional for university employees to use their university position to organize, promote, or participate in a religious worship event. Nor can Auburn’s coaches proselytize or participate in religious activities with students or hire a chaplain.”

However, according to the Alliance Defending Freedom, one of the most successful Supreme Court litigation firms, the letter itself is unconstitutional. According to them, religious coaches and students have the right to engage in religious activities on campus in their private capacity. FFRF’s desire to silence religious students sends a clear message: “You are not welcome here.”

The Washington Times reports that the Auburn revival also received support from several of Alabama’s most influential voices: Gov. Kay Ivey and Sen. Tommy Tuberville. “We will not be intimidated by out-of-state interest groups dedicated to destroying our nation’s religious heritage,” Ms. Ivey wrote to the Freedom from Religion Foundation‘s co-presidents, Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker. “Please understand that our state motto is, ‘We dare defend our rights.’” And Sen. Tuberville, an Alabama Republican and a former football coach at Auburn, says he is “happy to be criticized for being ‘overly prayerful.’”

The opposition to the Auburn Revival is, however, a matter for prayer. Revivals on Christian Campuses are untouchable for legal eagles bent on attacking Christianity, but public schools are another matter. That is where anti-Christian groups like FFRF and the ACLU feel emboldened to wield the U.S. Constitution to thwart what God is doing, no matter how skewed their interpretation of the Constitution is. Their favorite weapon is “the wall of separation between church and state,” a quote from Thomas Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists explaining the Bill of Rights, which forbids the formation of a national church overseen by the government. It later became part of the First Amendment jurisprudence of the Supreme Court. It was intended to protect religious institutions from government interference but has often been misinterpreted as a law prohibiting public institutions from allowing or promoting religious activities.

We recognize Satan’s handiwork in that organizations using the U.S. Constitution as the basis for their attack engage in two of his favorite tactics: deception and intimidation. The deception takes the form of misinterpreting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the intimidation is through threats of legal action that would force public institutions to use taxpayers’ money to defend themselves.

For that reason, we must pray. God’s moves are unstoppable, but He wants to engage His praying Body to ward off attacks of the Enemy so that the secular leadership of public universities where God is moving will not shut down gatherings such as the one that took place at Auburn.

Here are some points along which to pray:

  • Pray for Auburn University President Roberts and other university presidents to have courage and not give in to threats.
  • Pray for FFRF co-presidents Gaylor and Barker to come to Christ. It wouldn’t be the first time that staunch atheists have come to faith in Jesus!
  • Pray for the Auburn revival to continue, expand, and spill over onto other campuses.
  • Pray for the Lord to raise up bold and anointed leaders to fan into flame the revival fires on our campuses.
  • Pray for the Lord to empower groups like the Alliance for Defending Freedom and the American Center for Law and Justice to continue defending the correct interpretations of constitutional law.
  • Pray for Coach Freeze and other public figures in the sports world to stand firm in the face of harassment and threats to their jobs.
  • Pray that the attacks will have the opposite effect of their intent and intensify commitment to Christ by those impacted by the revivals.

Father, we pray that the revival fires on our college campuses will continue, and that any attacks will serve to increase passion and resolve to walk with You. May the attackers find Christ, and may the university presidents affected by their attacks find the courage to stand up to them. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Remco Brommet is a pastor, spiritual-growth teacher, and prayer leader with over 40 years of experience in Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the U.S. He was born and raised in the Netherlands and pastored his first church in Amsterdam. He moved to the U.S. in 1986. He and his wife, Jennifer, live north of Atlanta. When not writing books, he blogs at www.deeperlifeblog.com and assists his wife as a content developer and prayer coordinator for True Identity Ministries. Jennifer and Remco are passionate about bringing people into a deeper relationship with Christ. Photo Credit: NATHAN MULLET on Unsplash.

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Grant Windholz
October 2, 2023

Spiritual warfare going on throughout American college campuses just like they occurred in the 1960’s. Stand for the truth and faith in Jesus instead of the radical worldliness for all students and professors.

Cynthia Quattrocelli
October 1, 2023

Glad to see here that the church and public officials did as the Word said to by refuting every tongue that rises against us by declaring their constitutional rights and continuing to yield to what Almighty God wants to accomplish in the campuses of today. Amen.

Trey Hancock
September 29, 2023

Jesus is not asleep!

September 29, 2023

Lord continue to bless our young people w/ revival all around the world. That the next generation will worship, honor and glorify You.

Audrey Hancock
September 28, 2023

I went to Auburn in the late 80’s and we prayed and prayed while there. I LOVE seeing the continuation of those prayers right now. May the attacks of the enemy be stopped and the presence of God spread there in Auburn and at The University of Alabama and across the state and across the nation!!

ronald l Stiles
September 28, 2023

get the names of those in the freedom from religion group and we can pray for them

    September 29, 2023

    Dan Barker and Annie Gaylor are the co-presidents of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. (FFRF). The foundation has 25 staff and 39,000 members. Mr. Barker and Ms. Gaylor are husband and wife. Mr. Barker is an ordained minister and was in the ministry for 19 years before becoming an atheist in 1984. The FFRF was founded by Ms. Gaylor’s mother who was an abortion activist in Wisconsin. Her abortion agency assisted over 20,000 women in obtaining abortions.

    The FFRF has their annual conference in Madison, WI on October 15-16. Please pray for the staff and Board of Directors of FFRF, and for those who are harmed by their message – especially the students at UW-Madison.

Ron Glenn Deere
September 28, 2023

Let us therefore pray for revival SO profound that the enemies of the cross and their media can no longer ignore it!

John Noble
September 28, 2023

Thank you for revealing this dark network of satanic unbelief in Your light and what is behind it!
Yes, we pray for the human souls involved to find mercy in your grace of salvation in Jesus!
And at the same time let the demonic forces be divided against themselves and this dark network collapse under its own weight in Jesus Name!

September 28, 2023

God you have proclaimed that the hated of hell will not prevail against your church. Revive your church Lord. Let revivals come across the land without hindrance

Linda Todd
September 28, 2023

My heart rejoiced seeing students following the Lord in baptism. God is moving in the hearts of our young people and we need to speak out in support. They are under attack from the enemy. Voices of unbelievers speaking against them using the false premise that our country has a bill of right calling for freedom ‘from’ religion, when it says that the government cannot prevent the ‘free exercise thereof.’ May God turn their hearts to Him.

September 28, 2023

Father God, Thank you for the revival fires that are burning on our campuses throughout our nation. We ask that the flames spread like wild fires to all the college campuses and school districts nationwide. We ask that you send workers across the paths of the Co-presidents Gaylor and Barker to minister the truth of the gospel to them in love. Father, Gaylor’s name means “lively or high spirited” Let his liveliness and high spiritedness be turned around and used for spreading the good news… and Barker means Shepherd! We ask that you also turn Barker away from evil and bring him to a position of leading the lost to Christ. We wait in anticipation to see Your good work come to fruition in their lives. Thank you Father for the explosion of your love and mercy that you are poring out on our nation. In Jesus name I pray – Amen

Brian Lynch
September 28, 2023

Revival fire fall!!! You are in charge, Holy Spirit. Satan,you are a defeated enemy. May Almighty God’s will prevail, and may revival fire spread as You see fit for this to happen.

September 28, 2023

I stand in agreement with this prayer and declare that Christ does rule over all!!!!!

Cary Garris
September 28, 2023

Praise God that we still have school leaders who are obedient to the Lord and stand boldly in faith against the devil and his servants. Bless them and empower them even more I pray Lord Jesus.

Mary Beth
September 28, 2023

I agree with this prayer. Thank you LORD for this powerful move of Holy Spirit.


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