Jeremy Lin of the Toronto Raptors made history by becoming the first Taiwanese-American to be drafted to the NBA but now he’s making headlines for starting a prayer movement.
What Drives Jeremy Lin?
Jeremy, a Harvard grad raised by Christian parents, has never been shy about his faith, often tweeting out Bible verses and faith-inspired messages.
But after listening to a sermon series on prayer, he felt convicted the he wasn’t making God his first priority.
“Recently, I listened to a 9-part sermon series on prayer by Pastor Caleb Clardy of Trinity Grace Church – Park Slope and read Fresh Wind Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala. It really convicted me that I spend too much of my life trying to work, work, work, instead of praying and allowing God to be God,” Jeremy wrote in an email to his prayer group subscribers.
This personal conviction led to an invitation to his fans.
“I’ve been heavily challenged personally to pray more often and more boldly. So that’s why I decided to start a prayer movement with whoever will pray alongside me during the 2019 NBA Playoffs,” he said.
“I will fight to be a faithful steward with whatever God gives me – and right now, that’s my heart to pray and for the 11,191 (and counting) prayer warriors that I can encourage to pray with me,” he added.
Jeremy Lin’s 3 prayer points:
- Pray that one of your family members or friends (you choose) would come to know Jesus or have a breakthrough in their spiritual life. Many of you have people in your lives that you’ve been praying for and thinking about for a long time. If not, ask God to place someone on your heart to pray for.
- Pray that the Lord would use the Raptors and our playoff stretch powerfully on and off the court. That includes the possibility of winning a championship, but the main request is that God’s Kingdom will radically expand through our playoff stretch. That could mean through success or even through failure.
- This is probably the most important one in my opinion. That there would be a spiritual revival in the city of Toronto. That those that have been praying and working in Toronto for so long would be encouraged and see a breakthrough in their work, and that we would see people flocking to churches; people serving the needy, feeding the poor, loving the hurt and saving the lost.
“If through these prayer requests you feel God calling you to pray for your family, your team/place of work or your city more, please pray as you feel led!” Jeremy concluded.
The future for Jeremy Lin
Jeremy and the Toronto Raptors went on to win the 2019 NBA Finals, but the big win for the Kingdom was the prayer movement that become synonymous with the playoffs.
Jeremy continues to use his fame and platform to make positive change in the world. He’s recently partnered with One Day’s Wage, an humanitarian organization created to help end poverty, educate and empower vulnerable children. You can learn more about Lin’s work with One Day’s Wage by watching the short clip.
People matter – incl. the most vulnerable around the world. This is why I'm so grateful for my partnership with @OneDaysWages and @EugeneCho. Every year I donate my 'one game's wage' & am committed to learning + helping to empower those living in poverty! https://t.co/t0k0wsIMGf
— Jeremy Lin (@JLin7) March 31, 2019
Reference: The Gospel Herald Entertainment