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October 14, 2019 / Whitworth University

“A New Center of Life: Jesus the (Suffering) King”

Oct. 14-20

Scripture: Mark 8:31-37

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they take midterms and continue in their learning and studies. We pray for peace, strength, perspective, wisdom and equipping in God’s call on their lives.
  • Staff members as they gather for the President’s Coffee with President Beck A. Taylor, joining together for community, a university update and celebration of individual employees’ years of service.
  • Monday’s talk by Archbishop Benjamin of the Orthodox Church of America, in conjunction with the “People of the Book” exhibit at the Whitworth Library, on Eastern Orthodox liturgy and liturgical books.
  • Campus Worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services
  • Life Groups as 16 groups of students gather with a staff or faculty mentor for Christ-centered community, Bible study and prayer
  • Music students giving their recitals from now through the end of the semester. We pray for strength and growth in the preparations, for joy in the execution and for a great sense of accomplishment in the completion of important milestones.
  • Facilities services staff as they maintain the beauty and safety of our campus, indoors and out, through the fall and into the winter months. We pray for strength, joy, protection and purpose in their good work.


Thank you, God, for your amazing power and work in our lives. Thank you for your goodness and blessings. Thank you that you are able to bring hope through even the toughest of times. Thank you for your great love and mercy. Thank you that you are always with us and will never leave us. Thank you for being our king, and thank you for the suffering you endured so that we might have freedom and life. Forgive us for putting ourselves in the center of our lives, neglecting who you are as our King and Savior. Help us set our eyes and our hearts on you afresh and live lives that align with your heart for the world, for you alone are our King. Amen.

October 7, 2019 / Whitworth University

“True Restoration: Jesus vs. Alienation”

Oct. 7-13

Scripture: Mark 5:21-43

This week we pray for:

  • Life-giving relationships for all students, through which students find meaningful and deep connections, learn from those who are different, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
  • Whitworth’s board members, who are on campus for meetings this week. We give thanks for their generous and wise support of Whitworth’s mission, and we pray for God’s guidance and unity for them in their governance work. 
  • Whitworth’s Family Weekend 2019 celebrations over the weekend. We pray for rich times for families to connect with their Whitworth students, especially first-year students and families.
  • Whitworth’s fall main stage production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” which opens over the weekend at the Bing Crosby Theater in downtown Spokane. We pray for strength, joy, community, protection and growth for all involved in the production. We also pray for the construction workers who are providing necessary renovation work this year on Whitworth’s Cowles Memorial Auditorium.
  • Whitworth student athletes as they practice and compete. We pray for perseverance, community, protection and development into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Campus Worship this week: 
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark” 
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services
    • Mentor-Led Life Groups as the 16 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement in Christ
  • Ongoing Why Whitworth events, as prospective students and families visit Whitworth. We pray for wisdom and peace for students and families, and we pray that God would provide for the Whitworth Class of 2024.


Lord, we have seen firsthand the damage that the brokenness of the world can cause in our lives. We know destruction, aching and devastation in our lives and in others. At times it can seem impossible that anything beautiful or good can come from such sorrow. However, we know within our hearts that this isn’t the end of the story – that you are the great Redeemer and Restorer.

We thank you for your hand in our lives. We pray for the restoration of our lives and those around us, in your process and timing. In gratitude and trust, we submit ourselves to your ever-loving will and kindness through it all. We pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

September 30, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Liberated into Life: Jesus vs. Evil”

Sept. 30-Oct. 6

Scripture: Mark 5:1-20

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they continue to work hard in their studies. We pray for motivation, discipline and joy in learning.
  • Students who are struggling with physical or mental health difficulties, that they would know God’s love and provision. We also give thanks for our wonderful counselors in the counseling center and medical professionals in our health center. We pray for strength, wisdom and love by God’s Spirit as they provide care and guidance for students.
  • Monday’s monthly Faculty Assembly as faculty members join together for their important communal governance work.
  • Tuesday’s Pop-Up Lecture, “A Christian Dialogue about War, Peace and Security,” as Professor Casey Andrews, a member of a historic peace church, and Assistant Professor Don Comi, a retired Air Force colonel, model Christian civil discourse on an important and divisive contemporary topic.
  • Thursday’s lecture on “Culture Care” by world-renowned artist and author Makoto Fujimura. We pray that our campus community would grow in responding to God’s call to create culture for his glory and for the flourishing of all people.
  • Friday’s President’s Leadership Forum in downtown Spokane that welcomes Bob Woodward, legendary Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist/author and associate editor for The Washington Post. We pray that the event would provide valuable insight and community-building for the broader Spokane community.
  • Homecoming Weekend and all its accompanying festivities. We pray for safe travel and joyous reunions for all who will be returning to Whitworth for the occasion.
  • The Balance Your Bucs program, which helps equip students to handle money wisely; that God would work through this program to equip students to steward their money well and utilize it for God’s glory and service.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Kent McDonald preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
    • Mentor-led Life Groups as the 16 groups led by faculty and staff continue to meet for fellowship and encouragement in Christ.


Victorious God, we are grateful that you have overcome the power of evil. We are thankful that in the presence of Jesus, evil flees, and we are liberated into life. Liberate us anew that we might share the liberation of Christ with others, near and far. Amen.

September 23, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Answering to God Alone: Faith in Action”

Sept. 23-29

Scripture: Mark 3:1-6

This week we pray for:

  • Students’ relationships with other students, that by God’s grace, they would develop empathy, grow in good communication skills, seek to know those with different perspectives and love deeply.
  • Student-athletes, for safety, community and growth as the men and women God made them to be.
  • Wednesday’s service of witness to the resurrection, celebrating the life and legacy of Professor of Political Science Patrick van Inwegen, who died this summer after a valiant struggle with cancer. We pray especially for his family, close colleagues and students as they continue to grieve.
  • The Student Life Well-Being Lecture Series starting this week and lasting through the semester, as various faculty members provide insight on nutritional, psychological, social, spiritual and physical well-being. We pray that through these lectures and other parallel student life efforts, students would grow in overall well-being and God’s intended flourishing for them.
  • Friday’s rededication of the newly refurbished Megan E. Thompson Aquatic Center. We pray that the center would be a place of growth physically, spiritually, socially and emotionally for many years to come.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Forrest Buckner preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Act Six (Real Talk Real Action) Conference, led by Whitworth’s Act Six scholars, which focuses on multicultural leadership, human rights, identity and justice. We pray that God would use their work to encourage, empower and educate Whitworth students to be agents of change according to God’s purposes in the world.
  • Whitworth’s outdoor recreation programs, as students are invited to explore and enjoy God’s incredible creation in community. We pray for safety, fun, adventure, meaningful relationships and awe before God’s creation.
  • The first of many Why Whitworth events on Friday, as prospective students and families visit Whitworth. We pray for wisdom, peace and provision for students and families, and we pray that God would provide for the Whitworth Class of 2024.

God Almighty, we give you all the glory and praise that is due to your great name. You are faithful. Thank you that you are the God who desires life, goodness and restoration in us and through us. We pray that we would act on what you want, no matter what the cost and no matter what the broader culture would call us to do. Lead us by your Spirit, this day and always. Amen.

September 16, 2019 / Whitworth University

“Follow Me: the Call of Jesus”

Sept. 16-22

Scripture: Mark 1:16-20

This week we pray for:

  • Our students as they engage in their studies, that they will trust God, work hard, and engage well in the journey of learning and discovery set before them.
  • Whitworth’s Community Building Day, as over 1,000 Whitworth students, staff and faculty engage in meaningful community service activities throughout Spokane County on Wednesday. We pray for joyful service, meaningful relationships, and God’s leading for a continued life of service to others.
  • Our new staff and faculty members as they adjust to a new place and their fall rhythm, that they will be encouraged, strengthened, and have a growing love of learning and love for Whitworth students.
  • Our mentor-led Life Groups that begin this week and run for eight weeks. We pray with gratitude for our wonderful staff and faculty mentors and pray that God would use these groups to deepen the faith of students and to form rich, Christ-centered peer and mentor relationships that will bear much fruit.
  • Campus worship this week:
    • Tuesday’s Chapel Community Worship as Associate Chaplain for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Ministry Stephaine Nobles-Beans preaches in our series, “This Changes Everything: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of Mark.”
    • Tuesday night’s student-led Hosanna worship gathering.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE outreach ministry gathering.
    • Thursday’s Chapel Community Worship gathering for music and the Lord’s Supper in expression of our unity in Christ.
    • Monday, Wednesday and Friday reflective Morning Prayer services.
  • The Faculty Scholarship Forum that begins Monday and occurs regularly through the semester, as Whitworth faculty grow in community, share recent scholarship and receive feedback on their scholarship. We pray that Whitworth faculty could continue to contribute in greater and greater measure to the intellectual vitality of our university and world, in service to God, in love for neighbor and in pursuit of God’s truth.
  • This semester’s Teaching Roundtable monthly lunchtime gatherings, part of Whitworth’s ongoing faculty development, as presentations and discussions provide innovative teaching methods to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Our library staff as they support the learning and growth of the entire Whitworth community. We give thanks for the new rare book exhibit that is opening this week called “People of the Book; Christian Worship in Codex & Print.”

Lord, you call us to follow; to turn away from our own selfish interests, and to be disciples and follow after You, even if the path is difficult to see. We are grateful that you lead us, even when it is in a direction that we would never have chosen for ourselves. Help us not to be so hesitant to follow, and to see with the eyes of faith. Teach us to follow without fear, knowing that You are always with us, leading the way. Amen.

September 9, 2019 / Whitworth University

“This Changes Everything: The Gospel of Mark”

Sept. 9-15

Scripture: Mark 1:1, 14-15

This week we pray for:

  • Students in their first full week of classes, that they will enter into a rhythm that nourishes them spiritually and relationally as they begin the rigorous discipline of academic pursuits. We also pray for those first-year students in need of employment, that they would find meaningful work that God uses to form them in their time at Whitworth.
  • Student-athletes as they practice and compete in various sports, for safety, community, and growth into the men and women God made them to be.
  • Creativity, passion and joy as faculty and students engage in the process of teaching and learning as a part of Whitworth’s mind-and-heart mission.
  • The first week of campus worship programs:
    • Morning Prayer Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    • Chapel Community Worship on Tuesday and Thursday as faculty, staff and students gather to worship God as we explore our theme for the semester. We pray for Forrest Buckner, Storm Family Dean of Spiritual Life & campus pastor, as he preaches on Tuesday. We also pray for Thursday’s service as we come together to sing, pray and receive the Lord’s Supper.
    • Tuesday night’s Hosanna service, a student-led gathering providing intentional space for students to worship through music, prayer and reflection.
    • Wednesday night’s student-led AWAKE gathering, as students explore who God is, who they are, and why that even matters and invite others to do the same.
  • Whitworth’s admissions team that is beginning recruitment travel to high schools and college fairs throughout the western United States. We pray for safety, endurance, joy, trust in God and the ability to represent Whitworth’s mission well. We give thanks for God’s provision in the past, and we pray that God would be calling future students to Whitworth through the team’s good work.

We thank you, God, for who you are as the God of Jesus Christ. We thank you that you came to us in Jesus and that everyone who encounters him leaves changed. Change us this day to reflect Jesus and thus be more faithful ambassadors of Christ in our love for God and love for others. Amen.

September 3, 2019 / Whitworth University

Fall Convocation

Sept. 2-8

Here begins the wonderful story of Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God. – Mark 1:1

This week we pray for:

  • First-year and transfer students as they finish their orientation activities and transition to their classes on Thursday, that they would find meaningful relationships and community and be able to focus on academics as well.
  • Every student to take steps closer to Jesus this year and, in so doing, be transformed by God’s Spirit to love God and love people in greater depth.
  • Tuesday’s Club Fair, as clubs and organizations give students the opportunity to get involved at Whitworth. We pray for students (especially first-year students) to have wisdom about what to commit to along with boldness to try new things, all to the end of growing into the people God made them to be.
  • Thursday’s Multicultural Reception, in our newly refurbished Hendrick Hall Intercultural Student Center, as the community gathers to welcome new and returning students.
  • Thursday’s Fall Convocation, as Whitworth President Beck A. Taylor and the entire community gather to set apart the new academic year for God.
  • Morning Prayer that begins this Friday. The Morning Prayer services led by Professor Ben Brody invite students, staff and faculty to join Christians around the world in a simple service of song and prayer each Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning.
  • Friday’s Ministry Fair, where representatives from churches and other local organizations will come to share opportunities for students to connect in worship and service. We pray particularly for students to get connected with local worshipping communities during their season at Whitworth.
  • Friday’s Off-Campus Barbecue and all the students who will be living off campus this year. We pray for rich community, wise choices, development toward flourishing adulthood and continued meaningful connection to the Whitworth campus community.

Loving God, we give you thanks for the gift of this new academic year. Thank you for each student who walks on the Whitworth campus. Thank you for loving them and calling them closer to you. Thank you for your faithfulness to Whitworth for 129 years. We pray you would be glorified in this 130th year through Jesus our Lord. Amen.

August 26, 2019 / Whitworth University

Welcoming in a New Academic Year

Aug. 26-Sept. 1

A new academic year at Whitworth University begins!

Welcome back to the “On Bended Knee” prayer blog, and thank you for partnering with us by praying for Whitworth University! We are deeply grateful for our faithful prayer partners around the world who stand before God on behalf of the Whitworth community, carrying burdens and celebrating God’s goodness and provision with us. New blog posts with prayer requests will arrive every Monday from now through the 2019-20 school year.

This week we begin a new season of praying for the Whitworth community. We are excited to welcome the incoming Class of 2023 on Saturday, Aug. 31, along with transfer students and new students in our continuing studies and graduate programs. Student-athletes and student leaders are already on campus preparing for the upcoming academic year.

This week we pray for:

  • Athletes who are practicing and preparing for their first competitions in fall sports, for safety, hard work, community, and growth physically, spiritually and emotionally.
  • Our student leaders, who set the tone for the community in residential life, spiritual life, community engagement, diversity, health education and student government. May they live each moment as vibrant models of Whitworth’s commitment to “honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity.”
  • The BUCS Bridge pre-orientation program designed to serve first-year students from first-generation and/or historically underrepresented racial and ethnic populations. We pray for community, identity development and preparation for successfully navigating college.
  • International students who have made a long journey to a new country. We pray that they are welcomed warmly and that their transitions go smoothly.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s State of the University address on Wednesday, followed by the all-employee luncheon. We pray for unity, community, encouragement, gratitude for God’s many gifts, and inspiration for Whitworth employees to be the embodiment of Christ’s grace and truth throughout this year.
  • Our faculty and staff worship services on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, as faculty and staff are invited to celebrate the new academic year in worship, Word and the Lord’s Supper together.
  • The new faculty members who will be installed at the faculty worship service. We pray for vision, faithfulness, strength, insight, creativity and community for them as they begin their new roles.
  • All of the wonderful staff and faculty of Whitworth who contribute to the life of this institution and who have been working to make this school year possible in myriad different ways. We pray for strength and passion by the Spirit throughout this year.
  • Saturday’s Move-In Day as one of the largest incoming classes in Whitworth’s history arrives and begins its season here. We pray for these students to find a place of belonging, to love and be loved, and to grow to honor God, follow Christ and serve humanity. We pray for parents, guardians and siblings dropping off their children, for peace and assurance of God’s love and power. We give thanks for God’s provision in and for this wonderful group of students.
  • Saturday’s welcome fair for incoming students, for peace, guidance and wisdom as they explore the many opportunities for involvement at Whitworth.
  • Sunday morning’s orientation worship service with Dean of Spiritual Life Rev. Forrest Buckner preaching. We also pray for Sunday morning’s on-campus Mass led by Father Pat Kerst from the local St. Thomas More parish. We pray that worship in spirit and truth would mark this day and the Whitworth experience of all who attend.

Gracious and loving God, we have so much to be thankful for. As we begin this new academic school year, we come with grateful hearts for your tender mercies that are new every morning. May lives be changed and transformed as the Gospel is shared in countless ways at Whitworth this year. We thank you for this academic year. By your grace, may this year be marked by love for God that overflows in love for others. Enable us, Lord, to fulfill your purposes for the Whitworth community as together we pursue the vision of mind-and-heart education in the service of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.

May 20, 2019 / Whitworth University

“In the name of the Lord Jesus”

May 20-August 25
Scripture: Colossians 3:17 – “And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father through him.”

Note – This will be our last On Bended Knee entry of the 2018-19 academic year. Thank you for your faithful prayer and support of Whitworth! The prayers of God’s people all over the world for Whitworth are a priceless gift.

This week we pray for:

  • Students as they go various directions for the summer. We pray for safety, refreshment, wise choices, growth in Christ, enriching relationships and fun.
  • Monday’s Provost Breakfast for faculty to celebrate the completed academic year, recognize faculty and hear final words from our retiring faculty.
  • Monday’s end of year celebration and worship service as we celebrate God’s faithfulness at the end of the academic year and honor those who are retiring from Whitworth.
  • May Term off-campus study classes. We pray for rich times of learning for students, wonderful community, sustenance for professors and growth in God’s heart for the world.
  • All Whitworth employees as we enter into the different rhythms of summer work, for wisdom, diligence, sustenance, contentment and productivity in all.
  • Grounds, trades and facilities staff as they enter into one of their busiest seasons of the year—summer. We pray for safety, community, work that is worship and strength through the summer.
  • Various summer faculty and staff educational opportunities, including the Vocations of the Christian Professor faith-learning integration workshop for faculty and the 3-day intergroup dialogue workshop for staff and faculty.


Lord we are thankful that you have given us hands to do good work.  Help us look to you to lead and guide us in all that you have entrusted to us. We are grateful and humbled that you would invite us to participate in your good work in the world and surrender ourselves afresh to do your bidding in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

May 13, 2019 / Whitworth University

Commencement 2019

May 13-20
Psalms 136:1 – O Give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his love endures forever.

This week we pray for:

  • Students who are taking final exams to have wisdom, encouragement and understanding through the week.
  • Safe travels for students who are exiting campus at the end of the week for the summer.
  • Faculty to be strengthened and encouraged as they proctor and grade final exams and projects while caring for the students in their classes. We also pray for Monday’s faculty assembly as faculty gather for important governance work.
  • All staff as they provide support in countless ways in their various roles here on campus, from support staff to custodians, student life to grounds, human resources to the business office, and more.
  • Our final Morning Prayer for this spring semester on Monday.
  • President Beck A. Taylor’s continued wisdom and guidance as he leads Whitworth University.
  • Commencement 2019:
    • All graduates and their families – traditional undergraduate students, continuing studies students and graduate students – that they would travel safely, be filled with gratitude at this significant milestone, and be encouraged in trust toward God with whatever lies ahead.
    • The Senior Service of Communion and Commissioning on May 17 that includes faculty and student reflections on shared experiences of Christian faith, and as students recommit their lives to God’s service and are set apart as Christ’s servants in the world.
    • Graduate Commencement services on May 18 as graduate students receive their well-earned degrees.
    • Baccalaureate service on Sunday, May 19, as we gather to worship God together. We pray for all the students who will be leading in the service and for theology professor Josh Leim as he preaches.
    • Undergraduate Commencement on May 19 with thanks to God for all the graduates and all those leading, including speaker and Whitworth professor Mike Sardinia.


Lord we thank you for the students who have spent this year at Whitworth, both the graduates and those who will be returning next fall. We thank you for all who have given of their energy and skill. We thank you for the teachers and mentors, for the family and loved ones. We thank you for all of our Whitworth students and graduates and entrust them to your loving care. Amen.