THE CONVICTION

 

Michigan State University is a place with incredible potential and incredible challenges. The past year or two has been a unique season of trial in MSU’s history. Sexual abuse has harmed the lives of hundreds of “survivors” and thousands who know and love them.

That scandal has rocked internal structures and eroded trust in positions of leadership.  The episode has sent waves around the globe and many news sources question MSU’s future. Many leaders I’ve talked with sense it is a season where MSU could significantly reform or falter.

6 months ago, in the middle of the scandals’ height, I was on a retreat to pray and fast. I believe I received a word from God about the situation. I saw what I believe is a prophetic picture from God. Like a movie played out in front of me, I saw a demonic entity devouring the future of MSU Spartans. In the vision, it’s name was Leviathan. I heard God instruct me to discern the source of it’s spiritual power on MSU and partner with God to break its influence.

I also sensed a strategy from him: a 40 day unified fast in October. The goal of the fast was to engage God’s power in humility and demonstrate unity in His body by praying together.

The next week while meeting with a leader at our church, she brought up the name “Leviathan” out of the blue. This caught my attention. I began to focus even more on what this specific name and theme could mean in Scripture.

Throughout Scripture, Satan, is identified with pride, deception, twisting of words and disunity. Yet in several places, the Bible seems to make a distinction about “Leviathan”. [Amos 9:3, Isaiah 27:1]. It seems the name “Leviathan” can be identified with a spirit of Pride and Disunity.

As I researched further, there was often a unique emphasis around this name in Scripture. “Leviathan” isn’t defeated through traditional “spiritual warfare”. like speaking a name or commanding it to go. It is the Lord himself who deals with this spiritual influence. The part we play in breaking pride and disunity is Humility and Unity through fasting and prayer. This was exciting to me and aligned with my original sense to fast and pray for 40 days.

Over the next few months, this Conviction was confirmed countless times. Chance lunch appointments turned into prophetic moments. Acquaintances would, out of the blue, share with me that God told them this fall was critical to MSU’s future. Random emails were forwarded to me calling people to fast and pray. People I trust have had dreams and shared them with me. All this added weight to the conviction to fast and pray for MSU’s future.

So here is the call: do you believe MSU is in a pivotal season? Will you join me, and other Jesus followers, as we humble ourselves and unify? Will you pray and fast for the future of MSU and the students who attend here?

Then join us this October in fasting & prayer for MSU’s future. This is a cross-denominational effort, involving many different ministries and churches. We are united in our desire to see God move here.

 

FASTING & PRAYER FOCUSES

 

  1. We will humble ourselves and repent for MSU.

    1. We will repent for MSU and our  pride, corruption, sexual abuse and a “cover-up” culture that hides the truth and protects sin.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

 

  1. We ask God to unify his church and help us lead the way.

    1. For God’s people to operate in love and unity in a way that powerfully demonstrates the culture of God’s Kingdom.

1 How good and pleasant it is
   when God’s people live together in unity!
2 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
   running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
   down on the collar of his robe.
3 It is as if the dew of Hermon
   were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
   even life forevermore.

Psalm 133:1-3

 

  1. We intercede for the future of MSU Spartans.

    1. That they would hear the Gospel with open hearts.
    2. That they would receive God’s identity for them as sons & daughters.
    3. That MSU would become known as the greatest sending center for missionaries in the pages of history.

 

40 DAY FAST DETAILS

 

Duration of Fast: Oct 1st – Nov 9th

Type of Fast: Please select a type of fast that works for your diet and level of personal health. If you’ve never fasted before, start small. Try a Daniel Fast (Raw fruits and vegetables) for a few days. Then consider fasting things like sweets, social media or TV. For more info, please Google “types of fasting jentezen franklin” for a helpful, more detailed article.

Richard Shaull

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