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Day of Intercession Encourages Campus Prayer

By Amanda Morad | November 11, 2011

Students pray for the nations.

As part of Regent University's Global Week of Worship, Thursday, Nov. 10, was set aside as a day of fasting and prayer. The Day of Intercession provided a means for students, faculty and staff to gather in prayer on a variety of subjects and in a variety of places.

The day began with a prayer walk around campus, led by Campus Ministries Discipleship Coordinator Jason Peaks. Students walked and prayed at every building on campus and for every floor of residents at the Regent Commons housing complex.

Following the prayer walk, the Library Atrium opened with a large floor map of the world on which students were permitted to stand to touch the image of the nation they were praying for. Dr. Clifton Clarke, associate professor in the School of Divinity, kicked off the international prayer time.

The Moot Courtroom was also open for prayer and worship. Members of the Regent community were able to visit the room and pray from 8 a.m. to noon.

"By starting the day out with prayer on campus at 7 a.m., I can tell that there is a lightness that filled Robertson Hall, particularly the Moot Courtroom," said Peaks. "This lightness can only be explained as the joys of constant, unceasing communion with God on campus."

At noon, students, staff and faculty gathered for a time of directed prayer and intercession in conjunction with the School of Law's weekly chapel service. During the service, several members of the School of Law community, including Professor James Boland and Law Chaplain Eric Lancing, offered up prayers for the global economic crisis, worldwide spiritual revival and for the preservation of the Church's mission in the world.

Dr. Gary Roberts, dean of the Robertson School of Government, prayed for church unity that "requires us to be authentically connected to the Body [of Christ]." Campus Ministries prayer intern Amy Pape prayed for global justice in the areas of human trafficking, abortion and abuse.

Dr. Richard Kidd, director of Campus Ministries, closed out the time of prayer as he encouraged those in attendance to "love your neighbor as yourself," for "the law is fulfilled with these words."

Throughout the afternoon, several prayer workshops were held in the Library Auditorium, each featuring a different type of prayer.

Dr. Mara Crabtree, associate professor in the School of Divinity, presented a workshop on prayer from a theological standpoint. School of Divinity Chaplain Nina Anderson then hosted a workshop on intercessory prayer.

The student organization Christ for India extended their weekly prayer gathering with a workshop on praying for the nations. Student life group leader Samantha Van Saun led a soaking prayer workshop in which participants focused on receiving from the Lord through prayer, reflection and meditation on Scripture.

Students led worship and prayer throughout the evening in Screening Room A leading up to the Global Day of Worship kickoff at midnight.

Learn more about Regent's Global Week of Worship.


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