Moody Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies
After speaking on confession and repentance from Daniel 9 at Moody Bible Institute’s annual Founder’s Week* Bible conference in February, Anne Graham Lotz felt prompted to step back up to the microphone and call for a time of prayer. “Wouldn’t it be great if God started revival here at Moody?”
The students, alumni, and Founder’s Week attendees who filled Torrey-Gray Auditorium for her message on that Wednesday morning responded by crying out to God for forgiveness and revival.
Anne Graham Lotz
By the closing session on Friday night, conference host Roy Patterson told the audience, “This has been one of the most exciting Founder's Weeks I have ever experienced. The fellowship has been rich, the Word has been powerful, and prayer—I went to a church service and a prayer meeting broke out. Isn’t that amazing? I’m telling you, it was a time of repentance, seeking God, and unifying. I believe that God is up to something.”
Even while Patterson, Moody’s community relations director, was still talking, a 17-hour prayer meeting that began with students and others earlier that day on campus in Crowell Hall was continuing beneath them in The Moody Church basement. Then it spilled into the Alumni Auditorium back on campus where 100 people joined together to pray through the night. Some continued praying in Broman Chapel until 5:00 a.m.
Alumni board member Peter Grant was so moved by the powerful spirit of prayer growing at the Institute that he canceled his return flight home. “We’re going to storm the gates,” Grant said. “I’m all in with Moody in prayer.”
Dr. Jonathan Armstrong, director of Moody’s Center for Global Theological Education and associate professor of Bible and Theology, said, “I believe this was the most intense period of prayer that I have ever experienced.”
Founder’s Week was permeated both day and night by a spirit of prayer. “God is stirring hearts at Moody,” said interim president Greg Thornton. “Themes of humility, confession of sin, repentance, reconciliation, healing, revival, perseverance, and peace were brought before us through the Word spoken and sung.”
Thornton urged Moody faculty, staff, and students to continue in times of prayer and fasting, leading up to a campus-wide Day of Prayer on February 28.
According to staff and students, prayer services have continued on campus, some lasting until the early morning hours. Armstrong said of this incredible prayer movement, “We believe that the Moody family can be united in seeing God more clearly, seeking God more desperately, and knowing God more fully through a season of fervent prayer.”
Dr. John Jelinek, dean of Moody Theological Seminary and interim provost, believes this emphasis on prayer comes at an important time for Moody. “God has us right where He wants us—humble, praying, seeking, listening. Rally behind us, because we are listening to God.”
*You can listen to Founder's Week speakers at foundersweek.org.
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