Christian Chronicle

Asbury revival sparks prayer, reflection at Christian universities

‘Y’all, pay attention to what God is doing,’ a student worship leader tells his Generation Z counterparts.

By Bobby Ross Jr. | The Christian Chronicle

“Nothing good happens after midnight. Except for this.”

So proclaims the Facebook page for Midnight Worship, a weekly gathering hosted by the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas.

More than 1,000 miles from Asbury University in Wilmore, Ky. — where a seemingly routine chapel assembly turned into a 16-day revival last month — Abilene Christian University students sing and pray into the wee hours each Friday night.

“We just worship and pray, which has been really cool to be a part of,” said Clark Sullivan, a 21-year-old Bible major who leads Midnight Worship.

“Y’all, pay attention to what God is doing,” he urged fellow students as the Asbury revival drew an estimated 50,000 people to that small Christian university from Feb. 8-24.

At 8:30 p.m. on Sundays, spiritually minded students at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., come together to sing for two hours at the Downtown Church of Christ.

They lifted their voices to heaven a little longer as the Asbury revival attracted millions of views on social media and made its way to the front page of the New York Times and other major news outlets.

“After word about Asbury got around, they just started singing as long as people were willing to be there,” said Emma Jones, a 21-year-old Harding junior double-majoring in psychology and theological studies. “And people were there at Downtown singing, I think, until basically curfew, which is midnight.”

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This story appears in the online edition of The Christian Chronicle.

Featured photo by Robin Cornetet, Kentucky Today

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