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We had different plans for the Class of 2020 today—OCC's 2020 Commencement is now scheduled for Saturday, September 5—but God in his faithfulness is still sending out Ambassadors into his harvest field, trained for the kingdom assignment he has in store. Read President Proctor's Commencement Prayer below.
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. So our hearts are full as we see these who have answered the call. Thank you for raising up laborers for the harvest field.
Now we ask, Lord, that you give them everything they need for what lies ahead. When they are called to step out of their comfort zone, give them the faith of Abraham. When they face temptation, give them the integrity of Joseph. When they face hard decisions, give them the wisdom of Solomon. When their hearts are filled with fear, give them the courage of Esther.
Lord, we know they will face trials, so give them the perseverance of Job. When life gets busy and they are surrounded by distractions, sit them at your feet and give them the listening ears of Mary. Wake them up every morning with the missionary urgency of Paul, and through it all, above all, give them the heart of Christ.
And now, oh Lord, send them out. Send them out to Kansas and Kentucky, to Kenya and Cambodia. Send them out to the four corners of the earth. Send them out with a Bible in one hand and a basin and towel in the other. Send them out with your grace and with your truth. Send them out with the gospel on their lips, the church at their side, and the power of the Holy Spirit coursing through their veins.
And you go with them, Lord, because we know there are evil forces arrayed against them. March them into the very heart of Satan’s territory. Use them as the tip of your spear to pierce the darkness until it bleeds light. May the gates of hell crumble before them.
And through these graduates, Lord, may the gospel be preached and sin confronted and sinners loved and souls saved and marriages mended and children taught and the grieving comforted and the lonely welcomed and the hungry fed and the wounded healed and churches planted and communities transformed and the nations reached with the good news of Jesus Christ. Use them mightily for your glory and for the world’s good, and keep them faithful until the day they hear you say, “Well done.”
We pray these things in the name of Jesus, amen.