On Collegiate Day of Prayer, Thursday, Feb. 28, Ronnie Floyd encouraged and commissioned college students across America to change the world through prayer.
"I am here tonight to bridge the generations," said Floyd, who pastors Cross Church in Northwest Arkansas and is president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
"We must make a difference together - all generations. But this must happen through prayer. No great movement of God has ever occurred without being preceded by the extraordinary prayer of God's people,"
Floyd was speaking at UNITE, a worship and prayer simulcast event at the Student Union Theatre at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The event was the national observance of the Collegiate Day of Prayer, an annual observance held in university campuses across the country on the last Thursday of February. On Feb. 28, an estimated 100,000 students participated in prayer gatherings across nearly 5,000 colleges and universities.
Evangelist Nick Hall and musician Sean Curran joined Pastor Floyd in leading the evening service.
"Besides being a powerful time of worship and prayer, UNITE was a special event because it brought my generation and the next generation together," Pastor Floyd said. "Too often have college students been overlooked by the older generations, but we need to remember that God has often used young men and women who have a passion for prayer and for his work to change the world."
Pastor Floyd also encouraged students to participate on the upcoming National Day of Prayer, on Thursday, May 2. Created by a joint resolution of Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman, the National Day of Prayer brings together on the first Thursday of May millions of Americans across all 50 states for public prayer for America.
Referencing this year's National Day of Prayer theme, "Love One Another," Pastor Floyd called students to help create a movement of love for one's neighbor.
"Jesus began the greatest diversity movement in the history of the world," Pastor Floyd said.
"Jesus did not say we would be known by our creeds, songs, doctrinal statements, achievements or the color of our skin. He said you are only known by his love, and his love through you."
Ronnie Floyd is the senior pastor of Cross Church and president of the National Day of Prayer, which each year mobilizes millions of Americans to unified public prayer for the United States. He's the immediate past president of the Southern Baptist Convention. Follow him on Twitter @ronniefloyd.
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the amended law designating the first Thursday of May as a day of national prayer. Every year, millions of Americans, in tens of thousands of meetings across all 50 states, come together for unified public prayer for America. Dr. Ronnie Floyd is the president of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.