The Power of Prayer
This year we have been very intentional as a department regarding PRAYER. We know God is constantly at work in our lives, and to join in the movement through prayer has been an amazing journey. At the start of the year, we asked coaches, faculty, staff, community members and anyone willing to pray for our student-athletes to participate in a prayer campaign known as “555” . Prayer cards were distributed each containing 5 student-athletes names in which recipients of the cards were asked to pray for the 5 student athletes, 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week. The stories and testimony of God’s faithfulness have been overwhelming. Below is a short glimpse capture by our very own Steve Drabyn.
Steve writes, “I have been blessed to be on staff as an Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach at Lipscomb University for almost two years. I have had the privilege to work with great people of faith here at Lipscomb, including Director of Spiritual Formation and Assistant Women’s Soccer Coach Chris Klotz. Chris developed prayer cards for our student athletes this past fall. As I’ve grown in my faith, prayer is something I have made an effort to improve upon as I have not always been proactive in my prayer life. I was excited to jump in and pick up a card to pray for 5 of our student-athletes for 5 days out of the week.
One of the student-athletes I pray for is Woman’s Softball player Taylor Neuhart. Once I received my card, I looked up each athlete to find out more information about them. I also started following them on twitter, a social media outlet that I am most active on. I have enjoyed keeping up with these athletes and getting to know them. I was hoping that I would run into them on campus at some point.
The week before finals, I was walking out of the student center and spotted Taylor I thought. I immediately asked her what her name was. As she told me her name, she was very confused as to why I was asking. I told her of the prayer cards and that I had been praying for her during the school year. As I was explaining this to Taylor, I noticed a look of gratitude come across her face. She was so genuinely thankful that a total stranger had been praying for her. We made an instant connection and I am looking forward to growing the relationship with her and the other four student-athletes. I am very thankful to God for building relationships through the power of prayer”
Thank you to the many people who pray for our athletes, coaches, competitions, and department daily. It is clear that God hears the prayers of His people and continues to work faithfully in each of our lives. Intentional Prayer will be a significant part of our athletic department moving forward, and if you would like to be involved in 555, please email Christopher Klotz at firstname.lastname@example.org.