Week of Prayer: Man in the Mirror


Leanne Eckhart, writer

During March 20-24, Collegedale Academy students were lead out in a week of prayer by Engage Ministries from Southern Adventist University along with speakers Andrew Ashley and Zach McDonald.

Students were challenged to let God take control and become the only person that they see in the mirror.

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Day 1 – Andrew Ashley started the week off by focusing on Abraham, one of the most praised, influential people in the bible. However, Abraham was also extremely messed up: he pretended his wife was his sister, slept with his servants, and lacked good parenting skills. God makes good out of anything.

Day 2 – Zach McDonald delivered a powerful message of letting God transform us. When one looks in the mirror and criticizes, it hurts God. We are not junk; we are very good. Let God sculpt us so that when we look in the mirror, we see Him.

Day 3 – Sometimes when we distance ourselves from God, we go to other places to find comfort: websites, TV shows, lust—the list goes on forever. In the end, however, these vices turn against us and enslave us. Let’s stand still and let God deliver.

Day 4 – Living and trying to change our lives with our own heart and feelings doesn’t work; the Holy Spirit is the only remedy. If we want to change anything in our lives we must follow the Feelings Train. Feelings and thoughts will not make the train go anywhere. We must take action first to change, then the thoughts and feelings will come.

Day 5 – Let God take away our sinful name and rename us after Him. Students were given a sticky note and wrote what was enslaving them, what they desired to become, and how they were going to accomplish it.

All week of prayer is archived at livestream.com/collegedaleacademy