Being a full-time student at Impact University can overwhelm your mind with theological knowledge, but there is by far one thing that stands out to me above all and that is how to pray. Growing up, I was always told to pray but I don’t remember being taught how to pray! One of the first classes I took at ImpactU was Ministry of Prayer which taught that there were seven different types of prayer. Not only that, but there were appropriate times to use each kind of prayer. The professor also taught on when you have the authority to pray for what. Now don’t worry if you don’t know much about prayer, the bottom line definition of prayer is fellowship with God. Just sitting and talking to Him. I’ve learned to sit for an hour or more to just talk to Him. It doesn’t have to be complicated, but learning the different types of prayer made me so excited and changed my life so much. I now look forward to prayer in any setting either with others or by myself because I know that God answers prayer. One Scripture that really set me free this semester was John 15:7-8. “..ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this, my Father is glorified..” God is glorified when He answers our prayers so why wouldn’t He hear our prayers?!
Learning about prayer has drastically changed my attitude and perception for the better and I still learn more about prayer almost every day in class. It has created passion in me for teaching others about prayer. Not only prayer, but truly discipling people to further the kingdom of God, instead of creating more passive Christians who just attend church on Sunday mornings. Whatever I do when I graduate, it will involve discipling people and teaching them valuable principles such as how to pray. I don’t want to imagine where I would be today without the power of prayer and I don’t want others to have to struggle when such awesome spiritual tools are available.
Written by: Deanna Pearson