It could be just me, but it feels as if the subject of prayer is especially emphasized on this campus. Johnny Pope discussed the power of prayer this past spring during Bible Conference. Pastor McBride mentioned “Praying 101” in his Wednesday evening message on “Discipleship School,” and Dr. Mullenix often brings up prayer on Sunday mornings. And why wouldn’t there be such a strong emphasis on it? History itself speaks boldly of the power of the humbled on their knees before God. Think of Hannah, begging the Lord for a child, or the Israelites, asking God to deliver a city into their hands. George Mueller asked God for food to feed an orphanage of children, and God sent it by the truckload that very morning; Jim Elliot pleaded that the Lord would use his life to make a difference, and God took him to Ecuador, where Jim’s life changed the hearts of an “unreachable” Indian tribe. Certainly, we are not lacking in a God powerful enough to change this world, but in a people not asking Him to.
You may not know this, but there are many groups of students around our own campus who are dedicated to do this very thing! Across Pensacola Christian College’s campus, students are gathering and praying together. I’ve first noticed them meeting in the mornings, giving the first moments of their day to the Lord. Some groups arrive early to chapel to pray for the speaker. PCC’s Mission Prayer Band is a more formal prayer group, meeting every Thursday night to pray for missionaries serving the Lord all around the world. I am in a prayer group myself, and let me tell you from first-hand experience: it is so easy to forget the privilege and the power of going before the throne of God with other believers until I am sitting with them all again, lifting up burdens and praises to the Lord.
There are many opportunities on campus both to get involved and to be more committed to pray instead of just talking about it or agreeing from a pew. I would encourage you to find a few friends and commit to praying together on campus!
As one of my favorite Christian heroes, Corrie ten Boom, once said, “Don’t pray when you feel like it. Have an appointment with the Lord and keep it. A man is powerful on his knees.”