Thursday, June 21, 2012
“It was great. We came together with members from different Christian groups on campus and prayed together. I believe this is one step toward more unity on campus and a greater urgency for all of us to pray and seek the Father in the hour that we are living in.” -Evan
“It was encouraging to gather with brothers and sisters crying out for radical change on our campus!” -Aisha
“CDOP was a great experience for me…I’ve had a busy semester, so taking time to slow down and worship and meet new people was a treat. I was encouraged to see mostly people I did not know and use the opportunity to meet them and worship with them. It is my hope that events like CDOP continue, they grow in the number of Christian organizations involved and individuals making it a priority to have campus wide worship events.” -Matt
This is what students had to say in response to the Collegiate Day of Prayer (CDOP), held every year on the last Thursday of February. For three years SOI 21 has organized CDOP at George Mason University. CDOP is a cross-denominational effort to set aside a single day for all Christians to pray for colleges and college students. Beginning in 1835 and continuing for nearly 100 years, churches and colleges united in prayer for the university system and university students. Today a growing number of ministries and churches are seeking to reclaim this significant and historic day of prayer.
SOI 21 participated in this national movement by rallying Cru, Chi Alpha, The Gathering, Catholic Campus Ministries, and United College Ministries to reserve a room where Mason students could come throughout the day and pray. At various “prayer stations,” students could compose a letter to God, express their hearts through artwork, and place pins on a map of the world or the campus as they prayed. They also had the opportunity to confess sins by writing them on a piece of paper that would dissolve in a bowl of red water symbolizing Jesus’s blood, and write personal requests on a paper cut-out of their hand taped to the wall so that others could pray for them.