Pray for Passion 2013

Pray for Passion 2013

The Georgia Dome in downtown Atlanta was rocking for last night’s major college bowl game that came down to the last snap, but anticipations are that it will be even louder the next three nights — with praise for Jesus.

Well over 50,000 college students ascend on the Dome today as Passion 2013 begins this evening and goes through Friday morning. While Clemson’s game-winning field goal, with no time left on the clock, signaled the night’s end for players and fans, it was just the beginning for a small army of staff and volunteers who traded sleep to turn a football stadium into a massive worship gathering for a large army to celebrate the beauty and grace and supremacy of Jesus.

The first session starts tonight at 7:30 PM EST. The main sessions will be live-streamed, and if you’d like to follow along at home with the schedule and more, there’s a free app in the iTunes store.

Christy Nockels, who leads worship with Chris Tomlin and the Passion Band, has been a fixture at Passion since Louie Giglio launched the conference in 1997. Christy recently visited us at Desiring God and let us roll the cameras for a few clips. In the coming days, we hope to share several segments from her time with us, but for starters, here are her hopes for Passion 2013. Let this help guide your prayers for the event, if you’d join us in praying for the students and leaders and speakers and bands. Also, for those who would like to pray specifically for John Piper, he is scheduled to speak Thursday evening.

Some of Piper’s most memorable messages from Passions past:

David Mathis (@davidcmathis) is executive editor at, pastor at Cities Church (Minneapolis), and adjunct professor for Bethlehem College & Seminary. He has edited several books, including Thinking. Loving. Doing., Finish the Mission, and Acting the Miracle, and is co-author of How to Stay Christian in Seminary.