All-University Healing Prayer Meeting - Wednesday, March 28th, 2007
MSU Student Union 2nd Floor Gold Room
Is any one among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. (James 5:13-15)
Christians should expect healing today. Jesus came to heal the sick. Consider: How many suffering ones are there in our midst that Jesus wants to touch today?
University Christian Outreach has an opportunity to host a big healing prayer meeting this spring. UCO would like to invite the whole campus of MSU.
Fr. John Rea is a Roman Catholic priest from New Zealand. He helps Christians organize healing prayer meetings on his travels worldwide. This idea for a healing meeting was inspired because he's coming to the Lansing area. He'll be with us at MSU on March 28th to stir up our faith.
"I think I'm a catalyst," he says, "an excuse to bring people together for prayer for healing. People crowded to Jesus because they wanted to be healed."
Fr. Rea has seen many healings in his day (he has been praying with people for healing since 1974) and he often leaves a trail of miraculous healings wherever he goes. But he tries to make the point that he's not the one responsible for these healings.
"I just pray with people for healing," he says. "The rest is up to the Lord; as long as He gets the glory."
A television reporter once put it to Fr Rea that skeptics would say that he is someone who has "just got lucky" with healings from prayer.
"When it happens so frequently, you can hardly call it luck," was his reply.
Fr Rea has no set formula for his prayers.
"They are always short and simple and spontaneous."
He says that the one constant in cases where people have been healed is that they must have faith. "Whether it was the faith of the person being healed; the faith of a parent, loved one or friend, or the one praying for healing."
"All I do is pray, sometimes people get better, sometimes they don't."
Fr. Rea will be in the Lansing area conducting meetings for a whole week. He'll be hosted by The Work of Christ, UCO's sponsor and a member community of what's called The Sword of the Spirit, a worldwide community of Christian communities. Fr. Rea himself is a member of The Lamb of God SOS community in New Zealand. This connection presents our campus with a good opportunity to be stirred up to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24).
The meeting will be "open". Anyone can come because one and all need healing; everyone from broken Jesus-followers to total strangers. Those in wheelchairs, those with persistent ailments, and those who've had allergies from birth are all welcome.
This meeting is not only about physical healing, but also healing of the inner-man. Jesus wants to heal physical maladies, but often more important are the spiritual, emotional, and relational healings that Jesus wants to bring about.
What Will the Meeting Look like?
We're looking for a location that will hold quite a few people, and so we'll be set-up auditorium style somewhere on campus. The event will start with Fr. Rea sharing that the good news is Jesus heals the broken. Then a story about a healing experience will be delivered from at least one student.
People will be invited to come forward then to receive individual prayers for healing. Fr. Rea is the main one "up-front" doing that praying, but someone always prays along with him at his side. Teams for prayer will also be located in the back of the room. The teams are usually made up of one man and one woman, ranging in age from college to advanced. This way everyone seeking prayer for healing will be prayed with by a number of people as to take more of the focus off our New Zealand visitor and onto God's action.
The atmosphere is not a hyped-up or dramatic one, but one that is peaceful and full of faith.
Oh, how we long for renewal
We hope with you that this healing prayer meeting will be an opening for God to pour out grace on his people and to inspire new faith across the whole campus. UCO is a group that delights in sharing what God has done with us. We're a group of Christians that is charismatic and ecumenical and we're convinced that the Lord desires this type of renewal and unity here.
Our emphasis on charismatic spirituality brings us a conviction that every Christian should experience the fullness of life in the Spirit. This life is characterized by conversion, prayer, joy, boldness, and the charisms from 1 Corinthians 12 (including gifts of faith and healing -charismata iamato?n). The hope is that this prayer meeting will be an opportunity for Christians across campus to exercise these gifts.
The fragile ecumenical life that we share in UCO is a work of the Spirit; Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox consciously choosing to pray and live community together. It's interesting that we're making an invitation across all the campus groups to an event "featuring" a Catholic priest - such a choice isn't the most neutral option. But Fr. Rea loves to minister in ecumenical situations and this meeting will maintain a very ecumenically friendly tone. It will be an occasion for the campus to try and experience some of the unity that the Lord desires for us.
- Mark the evening of March 28th on your calendar.
- Pray and ask Jesus to show you the healings he wants to get done that night.
- Consider how to announce this event to your group, including meshing any event you have planned that night or that week into this prayer meeting.
- Stay in touch with UCO if you'd like to be more involved...
Brian LaLonde at 517-896-8265 or contact.
(Fr. Rea quotes are from Catholic Leader Online July 20, 2003 (http://www.catholic.com.au ). Bible quotes are from the Revised Standard Version.)
Extra Healing Prayer Meetings
In addition to the Wednesday, March 28th University Healing Meeting, our sponsoring community will hold more healing prayer meetings at the Work of Christ Community Center 4828 S. Hagadorn Rd. in East Lansing. You can check out a flyer for these events.
Friday, March 30, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (for young children and their parents)
Saturday, March 31, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 1, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.