The Upper Room
Minneapolis, MN— “We’re an instant culture… But with prayer, things must be different,” says Reuben Hanson, director of The Upper Room. The Upper Room, located on the top floor of Liechty Hall, facilitates a safe, quiet space where students at North Central University can come to pray. The directors of The Upper Room have created an environment, away from the fast-paced, instant culture that so easily overwhelms, where students can spend time in intercession, corporate prayer, and engaging in their personal relationships with God. Hanson states, “We believe that if all of us maintained a personal relationship with Christ by having time [in prayer], we would see a radical transformation of this campus. Prayer walks, people being healed, the lost being saved— these things would happen.” He further acknowledges that prayer is the crux of the Christian faith, and that “William J. Seymour’s influence on the Pentecostal movement was through prayer.” The Upper Room is open from 7a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, and from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. throughout the rest of the week. All students may feel free to come, relax, pray, and learn to develop a lifestyle of praying without ceasing, keeping Christ at the center of each moment of each day.
Finally, Hanson states his ultimate goal as a director of the Upper Room: “We want to see students who would gather together on their floors to pray earnestly for their families, country, and callings,” believing that “through the intercession and prayer that goes on in The Upper Room, God will begin to break the chains of bondage and bring freedom here on campus and in this city.”