Oral Roberts Prayer Tower.

Oral Roberts Prayer Tower

Field review by the editors.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

The Oral Roberts Prayer Tower in Tulsa is a powerful magnet for those seeking spiritual shock therapy -- or fundamentalist fun. This "20th Century Cross", with a stylized crown of thorns and an outer skeleton of plastic PVC pipes (you can still see the printed specs scrawled on them), offers visitors a heavenly view of Oral Roberts University. A recording of Oral's son Richard in the observation deck reveals its construction philosophy: "No second-class buildings for God."

One highlight of the deck is the door to Oral's special prayer room. Visitors are asked to submit prayer requests (the envelopes are paper-money-size) and told how Oral scatters them, hundreds at a time, across the carpeting and furniture. When he waves his arms over the envelopes, the Prayer Tower's elevation combines with Oral's direct line to God to help get those prayers answered.

The Prayer Tower also rewards the faithful with a startling vision -- the Journey of Faith sound-and-light extravaganza.

Prayer door.

Here, the well-heeled healer shares his life story with the not-so-chosen people in six separate soundproof rooms. You begin on Oral's dusty childhood porch as Oral's father, a preacher himself, rants in the background. "Heal my neighbor's child," he commands, "and I will give You my own son!" The music swells: "Duh duh duh duhhhhh!"

Next, schoolchildren taunt Oral for his funny name -- and he collapses during a basketball game with tuberculosis! "All we can do is let the illness run its course," sighs a secular doctor, but God has other plans. A light begins to glow in Oral's bedroom. "God?" he wheezes. "Heal me...and I'll give my life to You!" Minutes later, Oral exclaims: "I can BREATHE! I can feel the ILLNESS leaving my BODY!"

Oral Roberts Prayer Tower

7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK
I-44 exit 227, then south on Lewis Ave. to 81st St.
Tu - Sa 10 am - 3:30 pm, Su 12:30 - 3:30 pm. (Call to verify)
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

World's Largest Praying HandsWorld's Largest Praying Hands, Tulsa, OK - < 1 mi.
Statue of Runner Who Died in a Car TrunkStatue of Runner Who Died in a Car Trunk, Tulsa, OK - 4 mi.
Statue Reading a NewspaperStatue Reading a Newspaper, Tulsa, OK - 6 mi.
In the region:
Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa, OK - 11 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in Oklahoma

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in Oklahoma.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

August 17, 2017

My Sights

My Sights

Save Cool Vacation Destinations!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

Oklahoma Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Crystal Shrine Grotto, Memphis, Tennessee (Aug 14-20, 2017)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special online rates for hotels & motels.

Nearby Hotels and Motels, Tulsa, Oklahoma

Nightly rates found:

Find Hotels Near:

Book Online Now