“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of,” wrote Alfred, Lord Tennyson during the peak of the British Empire. Even in the most prestigious literary position as the British Poet Laureate, Tennyson still understood the importance of prayer. Nearly two hundred years later, prayer still forms the foundation of every Christian’s life.
In a simple but powerful statement, Paul the apostle wrote, “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). With the same spirit, many PCC students desire to redeem their time by praying for many different needs around the world.
Mission Prayer Band is one group on campus that prays for and follows up with missionaries. Every Monday at 6:15 p.m., Mission Prayer Band invites students to learn more about mission fields all over the world through the testimonies of mission board directors, camp directors, or missionaries. After the presentation, students gather in small groups to pray for the missionaries. “It is not unusual to see over 100 students praying,” said Dr. Brian Bucy, the Mission Prayer Band sponsor. “It is a blessed sight to behold, for those students are the world-changers.”
Ethan Hansen (Sr., OR), chaplain of Mission Prayer Band, said, “I have seen people saved through our prayers at Mission Prayer Band. I have had the Lord lead me and others to divine appointments at Christian service. I yearn for others not just to see the mission field and not just to go, but to see God through the Mission Prayer Band.”
“Going to Mission Prayer Band always reminds me of my limited view of life,” said Lyrah DeVera (Sr., VA). “I’m always too focused on my problems and life while people all over the world are doomed having never heard about the Savior. Missionaries travel to the most unknown and dangerous places, leaving their comfortable lives to serve God. Mission Prayer Band really refreshes my mind of what’s important.”
While praying for those serving overseas, PCC students never forget to pray for their country. Homefront, started by Christina Jeter (Grad., FL), is another weekly prayer group that informs students on today’s political issues, giving them specific ways to pray for those concerns. In addition to that, Christina said, “there is a Faith in Action, in which practical ways to pray or get involved are given—including writing and signing letters for individuals we are praying for, or speaking with their local pastor to find out what their prayer needs are.”
“Homefront focuses on our spiritual response to our national problems. There are many things that we can do to make a difference in our society, but there are some things that only God can do,” said Dr. Bill Bowen, a political science faculty member and sponsor for the Homefront.
Patrick Willingham (Jr., FL), the student leader of Homefront, says, “Last semester we prayed for a specific Supreme Court case to be heard, and over the summer they agreed to hear it! Now we are praying that God will work His will out in the situation. We should have the final ruling by next semester. Personally, my prayer for Homefront is answered every week when a small group of people gather together with a desire to pray for our nation.”
In the daily events of collegiate life, prayer groups play a fundamental part for students. “Prayer group has been a way to bring the college campus together in small groups, all meeting at the same time, with the same common cause of refocusing our attention on God at the end of the day. It can be such a time of encouragement as you all come together and bear one another’s burdens, because you know that you are never alone,” said one of the prayer leaders Rachel Winston (Jr., DE).
This semester, the Student Body officers came up with a way to improve the prayer groups that meet several nights each week. Prayer Journals “provide a more structured, unified, and organized time of prayer,” Student Body president Jake Ludka (Sr., CT) said. “What we are trying to do is create an atmosphere that centers our attention around God and His goodness in our lives. We do this through confessing, praising, and requesting—the three segments that we have included in the journal. Prayer should be a key part of a Christian’s life, and we want to do everything we can to emphasize that.”
The Student Body secretary Lydia George (Sr., MD) said, “We have heard great feedback from students about the prayer journal! Students enjoy going through the book at the end of the week, looking at the different prayer requests asked, and talking about how God worked in those situations.”
But even outside these prayer assemblies, PCC students see prayer essentially as an individual need. They implement their prayer habits into their daily activities in varieties of ways. Rachel said, “One of my favorite prayer habits is to go out running on the track at night and pray. Running allows me to relieve stress physically, and praying while I walk in between laps allows me to refresh myself spiritually.”
“As a senior, praying is the one thing that gets me through each day,” said Micah Simmons (Sr., NV). “With constant pressures from graduating, higher-level classes, and social life, I try to pray every morning before I start my day and every night before I go to bed. Doing that helps to keep my spirit lifted and at peace,”
Prayer is the ground which Christians build their lives on. It is the very breath of the Christian walk. Using every opportunity for prayer, PCC students recognize that every aspect of their lives is wrought by prayers.
Christina said, “To me prayer is my lifeline. It connects a helpless me to an all-powerful God. When I pray, it connects my heart to God’s heart.”