Baylor University partnered with campus ministries and local churches to host its annual FM72 event, which welcomes students, faculty and staff to the campus's Fountain Mall to worship the Lord for 72 consecutive hours.
According to the Baylor website, the worship event ran from Sunday, March 19, through Wednesday, March 22, and included a prayer tent where participants could go to participate in continual worship and hear readings from the Word at 8 pm each night.
Speakers included former Vertical Ministries leader Dale Wallace, Greater New Light Baptist Church pastor Rev. Sam Doyle, Highland Baptist Church senior adult minister and former missionary Yanit Ross, and Antioch Community Church pastor and elder Carl Gulley.
The theme, CBN News reports, was "Lord, teach us to pray," based on Luke 11:1, which says, "One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, 'Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.'"
Inspired by a 90-day revival that broke out at Baylor in 1945, FM72 became a regular fixture at the Christian university starting in 2019.
"The purpose of FM72 is to stir a passion for Jesus Christ in the Baylor community," Associate chaplain and director for Chapel and Campus Ministries at Baylor Charles Ramsey, Ph.D. said in a statement.
"It is a time to take inventory of one's own journey, to linger in prayer, and to recalibrate towards what is most important: our shared faith in Jesus Christ. Simply put, the goal is that every person experiences a clear, caring and compelling invitation to know Jesus and to find a discipleship community where they can grow and flourish."
According to CBN News, 20 attendees were baptized on the last night of the event.
"72 hours of prayer & worship in the heart of campus on Baylor University. 20 water baptized last night. The hunger for God is palpable in this younger generation," faith-based writer Greg Gordon Tweeted about the event.
72 hours of prayer & worship in the heart of campus on Baylor University.— Greg Gordon (@gregjgordon) March 23, 2023
20 water baptized last night.
The hunger for God is palpable in this younger generation.
“I believe we are on the edge of a great move of God.” - John Bevere @JohnBevere #asburyrevival 🔥 pic.twitter.com/eY8kLODnsc
"We hope that any person who enters [the event tent], regardless of their spiritual journey or faith tradition, could walk through these stations and have a time of silent preparation, reflection and petition," Ramsey told the university. "There is no other reason to be there, no pretense, and no need for an excuse. We are here to seek the Lord. It is a vulnerable and yet endearing and empowering experience to pray – to 'get spiritual' with your friends and colleagues," he continued.
"But something good, tangibly good, happens when we stop to pray. There is a wonder and sense of joy in discovering prayer, and for many, this opens the way to an ongoing and deepening devotional, a more personal faith, and a love for the church.
"That is our hope: to engage more of the facets of Christianity in our community and to humbly invite greater participation," he added.
FM72 comes on the heels of a massive outpouring at Asbury University that spread to multiple college campuses across the United States, including Purdue University, Regent University, Lee University, Texas A&M, Indiana Wesleyan, Louisiana State University and more.
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