Realizations: Power of prayer
Monday, October 1, 2007
By Rachel Chisholm
year in chapel, I get frustrated about the emphasis put on things that
don’t matter. Not every time, but often enough to stir something inside
of me that makes me want to write about it. Honestly, to my surprise,
the opposite of frustration has been my feeling this year. I like the
direction chapel is seemingly headed after these four years of sitting
and feeling like something more should and could be done.
want to thank those of you who have prayed for peace and a unified
desire to love one another as well as our enemies in chapel this
semester. It occurred to me during chapel on Tuesday that those prayers
have been few and far between in the past and shouldn’t be anymore.
When we think of peace, we often think of our own skewed version of it. I may desire peace in America,
among our government officials or among our Christian brothers and
sisters. Shouldn’t I desire peace among all things and all people,
including those who live thousands of miles away and have nothing or
know nothing about Jesus and his love?
the past, we have devoted only a small portion of chapel at the end of
the week to focus on missions and people who work hard in many
different ways across the world. This “Missions Minute,” literally
crammed into one minute, was both a ridiculous and ineffective ploy to
raise awareness. Let us give better attention to things that really
matter, and less to the things we simply breeze though out of habit,
such as the latest SGA event or big basketball game.
I know I contribute virtually nothing to conversations referring to
certain current issues such as the War on Terror and most things
politically-based, I feel I have the right to assume prayer is a
powerful force God calls each of us to practice regularly. We could all
educate ourselves more on the details, but I know something I can do
aside from research. And that is pray.
know a reason for the recent attention placed on prayer for global
issues and missions stems from the university hosting the World Mission
Workshop this year. I am thankful for this event and hope the
administration will see its impact. I also hope the university will
continue to have this focus even after the WMW ends.
am proud of our administration for implementing different days in
chapel that have a specific prayer focus. However, devoting significant
time to pray collectively in chapel is just the beginning. With being
reminded daily of a different global issue or specific problem we have
a responsibility to, on our own, continue that necessary avenue of
communication with God and do our part as able-bodied servants of Him.