Prayer Week 2016 – Emily Lewis

Prayer Room Testimony – Emily Lewisphoto 3 (1)

Prayer: a solemn request for help or expression of thanks addressed to God or object of worship. Let’s be honest, if not all of us, some of us were taught that there was a right and a wrong way to pray.

For most of us it was what I like to call “The Sunday school way of praying”. It’s the idea that we must sit, bow our heads and keep to our self. As I grew older and more into my faith I realized that there were other ways to pray but it wasn’t until I came to Merge until I truly understood. My first semester I was encouraged to try the Prayer room and to be honest I was a little intimidated by the 1 hour time slots. I can remember thinking to myself “what am I going to do for a whole hour?” but after my first time slot I was very eager to get back into that room. I loved the prayer room, I found myself in awe of the many different ways I could pray. I could journal, paint or even sing like no one was listening. I was signing up for time slots galore, from noon to 3 in the morning.

There is something about praying during the middle of the night. It seems as though you and God are the only ones awake and you can talk about whatever. I personally love the middle of the night time slots because of that reason. But not only did the prayer room make me realize that there are many different form of prayer but it has helped me affirm many of my thoughts over these past few semesters and I have no doubt that it will happen again this semester. Prayer week extends beyond the prayer room itself. Fun theme nights and days happen almost every day and I feel as though I want to go to every single one. I mean who can resist free movies and brownies? The answer is no one.

I have met so many incredible friends through prayer week. Not only have I met new people but I have strengthened some of my existing friendships. There is also something that is so moving about praying or worshiping with a friend or another person. Confiding in them and sharing with them is a very powerful thing to do. Prayer week has been something that I will never forget. It has opened my eyes making me see all of the different ways that I can pray and worship. I will always be looking forward to this amazing week!