Friday, November 22, 2013

Prayer Meeting of the Blogosphere (16)

Welcome to the sixteenth, old-fashioned prayer meeting of the blogosphere. This week, I have a story to tell you.

My cousin-sister Andrea has a friend of nigh about thirty years named Strawberry. He lives in New Jersey but passes through Baltimore every so often, and when he does, she likes to drive up from Petersburg to visit him. She mentioned recently that she was about to make the trip to Baltimore and asked if the little kids and I would like to ride along and keep her company, and yes: I'm always up for an adventure, especially a cheapy one. I have plenty to tell you about the trip, but the part I want to tell you, now, has to do with the Prayer Stop in Silver Spring, Maryland. Here's a photo of it:

The Prayer Stop had been on my list of things to see for some time. As it turns out, Pastor Dennis--the very man who built the Prayer Stop--was there when we stopped. He isn't always, he explained, but he'd been painting and cleaning. I went inside, and he closed the door behind me and proceeded to share his testimony and the story of the Prayer Stop. 

He'd lost himself to alcoholism, his said, and then he lost his wife and job and freedom. In 1999, sitting in jail, he remembered the Lord's Prayer and prayed it from his heart, and shortly thereafter he got out of jail and accepted Christ. About two years later, the Lord gave him a vision for the Prayer Stop. Pastor Dennis had a hard time finding somewhere to build the Prayer Stop, but at last a Buddhist said he wouldn't mind having it in his front yard.

In the past decade or so, thousands of people have received salvation and healing while or after visiting the Prayer Stop. "There's no condemnation here," Pastor Dennis explained, "because I pretty much did it all before the Lord delivered me." I cried, listening to him, and then I filled out a card with my prayer requests. Pastor Dennis prayed with me, read scripture to me, and hugged me goodbye. The experience has inspired my prayer for this week's meeting:

Heavenly Father, thank You for being a big God capable of working out of the smallest places. Help me remember Pastor Dennis and the ministry of the Prayer Stop. Help me not to get too big for my britches but, instead, to be concerned only with Your will for my life. Make of me--if nothing else--a willing vessel: a living Prayer Stop. I pray the same for my brothers and sisters reading here, and I ask Your continued blessings and protection over Pastor Dennis and all those who do Your great work in humble ways. Help us not to despise small beginnings, Lord. In Jesus's name I pray and ask these favors, amen.

Now it's your turn! Would you like to participate in an old-fashioned prayer meeting of the blogosphere? Here are some ideas:

  • You can pray about my prayer request.
  • You can share a prayer request by means of a comment.
  • You can share a prayer request on your personal blog and direct me to your post by means of a comment.
  • You can pray about a participant's prayer request.
  • You can write a prayer about my, your, or someone else's prayer request (in comments hither or yon, on your blog, etc.). If your prayer is somewhere other than this place, please direct me as you can and  will.
  • You can join in praying my or someone else's prayer.
  • You can share an update regarding a prayer request you've made here, in the past. 

May God bless and keep you until we meet again.


  1. That sounds like a wonderful moment/experience.
    Many of our prayers regarding testing and placement for our youngest have been answered recently. Thankful for that.

  2. Oh Brandee, what a wonderful story! I have a prayer request. My second born daughter is 10 weeks pregnant with a miracle baby, a total surprise and her first pregnancy after 13 years of marriage, (we have a wonderful 10 year old granddaughter and 9 year old grandson via adoption though). Anyway, will you pray for a healthy pregnancy and baby?

    1. What an honor and privilege to join you in this, Elizabeth.

      Heavenly Father, thank You for life. Thank You for forming this child in his or her mother's womb. The Psalmist writes that the days of our lives are all prepared before we live even one day; thank You. We trust You with this life; it doesn't surprise You, Lord, because it's a blessing from You. We ask You to continue to cover this child and his or her mother. We ask for health and wellness in pregnancy, development, labor, delivery, and life in this world. We give You all praise for what You've done, what You're doing just now, and what You will do for this family. We give You all the honor and praise and pray in Jesus's name, amen.

  3. oh what a blessing! God is so amazing! He has been showing just how MUCH and how
    VAST His Love. I'm so totally blown away by His Mercy!
    Thank you Dear Heavenly Father for Your Amazing Grace and Mercy. I just love to hear how You rescue and redeem us because of Your passion toward each one of us. May we continue to see Your Hand at work and know Your Sweet Presence as You draw us unto Yourself. In Jesus wonderful Name I pray, Amen.

    {{hugs}} to you my special friend XX

    1. I love your prayers, Julia. Thank you for being here.

  4. That prayer stop looks AWESOME!

    Please pray for peace during the holiday season. I know how hard this can be for many.

    Thanks for continuing with your prayer meetings. Thankful for you!