Community Prayer Renewal

Written by Teresa Dennard.

A need in the community for unified prayer

One doesn’t have to look far to see the pain and struggle that many Americans face every day. People are struggling to make ends meet, losing jobs, suffering from depression, dying of cancer, committing suicide, dealing with broken homes, and the list goes on. For two years, Buddy Hall has felt God calling him to bring the community together in prayer.

“While talking with those around this area from time to time,” says Buddy, “it became apparent that now might be the time to seek direction from God to make it happen. God’s Word teaches us to ‘Pray without ceasing’.” In October, Buddy began the first of weekly prayer meetings held in the Community House at Davis Park. At 7am each Monday, the community is invited to start the workweek with prayer.

“I’ve had a lot of encouragement from friends and business personnel who have learned of our prayer meetings. These people believe in the power of prayer, and like myself, they see a great need in our community for unified prayer. The 7am time was chosen so that people can stop by for prayer before going to work. There are any number of things we can find to do in the mornings to occupy our time, but I don’t believe we can go wrong by starting our workweek with prayer. Being a business owner myself, I know how hard it is to squeeze in a few extra minutes, but it seems that God will always make a way.”

Many requests have been made for prayers—

·      our schools-students and faculty

·      childcare facilities

·      churches

·      businesses-employees and employers

·      jobs

·      military personnel

·      fire departments

·      law enforcement personnel-city, county and state

·      health care professionals

·         those that are ill

·      leaders of our city, county, state, nation and world

·      strengthening of our faith

·      a vision for service

·      forgiveness of sin

·      love in our hearts

And the list can go on and on. The first meeting on October 5 had almost 40 in attendance. Make plans to meet with others for prayer at the Community House on Monday mornings. “We will be looking for you around 7am and will have the donuts and coffee ready. We’re finished by 7:30 so you have time to get to work at 8. If you can’t make the meetings, please include these things in your prayer time. I once heard the statement, ‘The largest room in the world is the room for improvement.’ There is probably some room for improvement in all of our prayer lives.” – James T. (Buddy) Hall