The Importance of Prayer

Annie Seboe
Prayer is the core of HU life

Prayer focuses the heart and mind, and at Huntington University, our mission is to point to Jesus through our academic performance and service. Therefore, it would make sense that prayer is at the core of life at HU! While prayer occurs all over campus, three of the most impactful places where it happens are:

1. Classrooms

Most professors begin each class at HU with an opening prayer, thanking God for the gift of education. Whether it’s a math course, a Bible class, or a science lab, God can be found, and through prayer, we recognize the blessing He has given us in learning about His creation. Some professors at HU even ask the class for any prayer requests they may have, whether personal or general, which leads to deeply intentional relationships between students and faculty. Beginning a class with a prayer centers everyone’s thoughts on the Author of Life, and learning about Him and what He has created allows us to fall more deeply in love with our gracious Father.

2. Zurcher Auditorium

Another prominent place where prayer takes place at HU is in Zurcher Auditorium during chapel services. In Matthew 18:20, Jesus said, “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” When all of HU’s home campus meets to praise God and hear His Word read aloud, His presence is with us! Prayer that includes everyone on campus, which is also known as corporate prayer, is just as important as personal prayer. When students, faculty, and staff gather and lift their collective heart cry, God listens.

3. Athletics

Athletic events are often full of tension and emotion. No matter if we win or lose on the field, course, court, or green, God still deserves glory and thanks. At HU, teams often pray after games and matches with the opposing team, and as they all intermingle and hold hands, they are reminded of the true purpose of athletics: To give God honor for the gifts and abilities He has given. Prayers for safety, courage, and health are given during these times, and at the end, most athletes finish their prayers with “In Jesus’ name we play.”

Charles Spurgeon, a famous Christian theologian and preacher, once said, “True prayer is neither a mere mental exercise nor a vocal performance. It is far deeper than that. It is a spiritual transaction with the creator of Heaven and Earth.” At HU, we strive to remember and practice this truth. Are you interested in developing your prayer life? Get in contact with Campus Pastor Rev. Mark Vincenti at to take the first steps towards living with a prayerful spirit.

Written by
Annie Seboe