FORT WORTH, Texas (SWBTS) – In unison with Keith Eitel’s desire for “prayer with a purpose” for missions, the World Missions Center (WMC) is in the midst of a semester-long prayer focus for the spread of the Gospel in countries around the world.
WMC’s prayer focus, called “One Magnificent Obsession,” sets aside prayer, worship and presentation time led by interested Southwesterners and facilitated by the WMC staff. These prayer nights are held on Thursday or Friday and are open to Southwestern students and their families.
Eitel, dean of the Fish School of Evangelism and Missions, had formally commissioned Southwesterners to intercessory prayer for international missions during his chapel message last September, where he compared the readiness of the Ephesian church, as desired by Paul in Ephesians 6, to soldiers handling live grenades: poised and ready to pray at a moments notice.
“You need to not just get by with routine, mundane praying,” Eitel said. “Folks, this is prayer with a purpose; prayer with a passion; prayer with watchful perseverance.”
One Magnificent Obsession nights give students the opportunity to pray intelligently and powerfully as Eitel suggested. Sampling local cuisine, singing worship songs, brief language lessons and a discussion of the country or region’s spiritual, economical and social needs are all designed to serve as a reference point for Southwestern’s intercessory prayers, lifted corporately at the end of the night for each country or region.
One Magnificent Obsession for Thailand, the first one of the series, even featured a live video chat with overseas workers, which enabled the participants to encourage them and pray for them in person.
The next One Magnificent Obsession prayer night will be held this Friday at 7:00 p.m. on behalf of the European Union nation of Germany. Prayer nights are also scheduled for Zimbabwe (Feb. 26), Nigeria (March 5), Japan (March 26), Israel (April 1), India (April 9), Tajikistan and Afghanistan (April 16), and China and Tibet (April 23). Each event will be at 7 p.m. in the WMC.