24 hours spent with God

Students gather in Kelley Prayer Chapel to spend time with God during the 24-hour prayer event. Photo by Olivia Zimmer

By Luverta Reames

An hour before midnight, 75 students sat in the pews and on the floor of Kelley Prayer Chapel to pray for one thing: more Jesus.

On Oct. 21 and 22, students were encouraged to come to the chapel anytime from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday for the 24-hour prayer. The event was led by the leaders of Prayer Warriors, juniors Michelle Booker and Chad Evans.

During the 24-hour prayer, students, faculty, and staff had an opportunity to worship and pray together.

Participants could write prayer requests or praises on blue and green strips of paper on the walls of the building. Some of these requests included sex trafficking, missions, campus requests, unsaved loved ones and other personal issues.

As people gathered throughout the day and night, different individuals and groups led worship in the small chapel. There was also a special worship service held at 11 p.m. in the chapel.

The variety of worship music helped encourage students to stay through the night, which is what freshman Christina Di Monte did.

Di Monte came to the chapel for two hours throughout the day and then stayed from 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.

“Prayer humbles us before God, and you have to be humble to open yourself up to Him,” she said.

Some students felt led to publicly share what God was speaking to them.

During the 11 p.m. worship service, Evans said he sensed a spirit of unity. He then prompted everyone to hold hands and pray for the person whose hand you were holding.

Others read passages of Scripture they felt God had laid on their hearts.

“I really felt like God was calling people to action,” Booker said. “God has done His part already and He is waiting on us to respond.

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