Called To Pray: Continuing the tradition of uniting in 24-hour prayer across the country

DSC_5896Blog Byline BLeeThe last week of February is an important week in the life of our fraternity each year. We have chosen to set this week aside to encourage our chapters to seek the Lord together by praying around the clock. This year we will be participating in our fourth annual Called to Pray Week from February 23-27.

The idea of our Called to Pray week started in 2011 when National leadership for BYX set aside one block of time during staff meeting and during each chapter’s meeting to pray and ask the Lord for some very specific things. In 2012, Called to Pray took on a new meaning with our chapters rallying around our Nu Chapter as they worked hard to bring awareness to Vanderbilt’s new policies through 5 full days of prayer.

Over 250 of our members and alumni signed up for a one-hour block of time to pray for BYX. It was remarkable to see brothers from around the nation rally around one of our chapters in crisis by interceding on their behalf. Prayer has played primary role in the life of our fraternity since it’s founding in 1985 and it is through prayer that many of our chapters have overcome various obstacles.

“The one concern of the Devil is to keep the saints from praying. He fears nothing from prayer-less studies, prayer-less work, prayer-less religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.” -Samuel Chadwick

During the recent charter ceremony for the Psi Chapter at LSU, Founding President Ryan Anders described the pivotal role that prayer played during the infancy stages of their chapter. Despite their formal initiation as a chapter of Beta Upsilon Chi, the university hesitated to recognize the Psi Chapter. At the recommendation of the brothers of the Georgia Chapter, who faced similar resistance, the LSU founders vowed to meet on campus for prayer once a week, petitioning the Lord to give them favor with the university.

Beneath the flags of the parade grounds, Ryan could feel the shift in momentum in their first prayer meeting. The brothers remained faithful to on campus prayer as they waited for their chance to further impact the campus as a recognized student organization.

It didn’t take long for Ryan to receive the news that they had been praying for. While at a BYX event, Ryan received a phone call to inform him that Beta Upsilon Chi was officially recognized on the campus of Louisiana State University. The men celebrated together over the work the Lord had done in getting them recognized.

DSC_5888Many of our chapters make prayer a priority in their weekly activities. Our Alpha Chapter at The University of Texas understands the value of corporate prayer. They have three separate prayer meetings on campus during regular schools hours each week. The three meetings are at different times and different places throughout the week in order to accommodate and encourage guys to get involved in praying together.

In addition to these three prayer meetings, they have also established a Wednesday night prayer meeting that moves from one brother’s house to another in order to pray over each house and the guys that live in the house, as well as pray for other issues related to the chapter. The men of our Alpha Chapter have made prayer a priority, and the impact of their chapter in men’s lives and on that campus is remarkable.

As we move forward in the weeks, months and years ahead, our desire is to be a fraternity that is continually rooted and grounded in prayer. God has been so faithful to BYX and has blessed our fraternity in such rich ways over the years and we want to continue to depend on Him as we move forward. There is no greater way to do that than by coming together in united prayer.

We invite you to join with your brothers in your chapter and brothers across the nation as we pray next week. We will set aside five full days of prayer broken up into 30-minute blocks. We are asking that our members, alumni and parents join us as we pray. Prayer times begin at 9:01 p.m. on Sunday, February 23 and go through 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. Click the link below to sign up for your prayer time. 

Called to Pray ButtonAs we pray for BYX, here are some prayer points to specifically focus on:

1) For our brothers serving across the world.
2) For our brothers who are pastors and ministers in the U.S.
3) For our brothers leading in their work place and communities.
4) For the Board of Directors and the National Staff members of BYX in continuing to guide, protect and inspire the vision of BYX.
5) For the 180 men who serve as officers of their BYX chapter.
6) For the current 2,200 BYX members at 30 universities in 15 states.
7) For the Lord to use our BYX chapters and our men to impact their campus both spiritually and socially.
8) For the future growth of BYX in developing new chapters.
9) For the pursuit of Christ within the fraternity that God might continue to use BYX to develop young Christian men and leaders.

“The greatest thing anyone can do for God or man is to pray.” -S.D. Gordon

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