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Friday, February 13th 2004

7:32 PM

The Prayer Stop Is Open!

A man had a broken life, ruined by alcohol and sins committed under the influence of alcohol.  It got so bad that his family felt they had to leave him.  But in these depths, he was told that God still loved him and wanted him.  He gave his heart to the Lord about five years ago, and he turned away from the life he had led.


So grateful for the wondrous love God had shown him, he wanted to share the Good News of this love with other hurting people.  Over time, he felt a call to build a Prayer Stop, a little place by the side of a busy road where anyone who needed prayer could stop.  He felt that God could show His love through this broken and now saved man, and give the words to speak to all who stopped by.


He asked some places with property beside busy roads if he could build a Prayer Stop on their property, and met refusals.  He asked the pastors at his church if he could build it there, but they felt the idea was corny and did not give permission.  Finally, the owner of the property next door to the church gave him permission.  He quickly built the little Prayer Stop, and other men from the church helped consecrate it.


The property was very soon bought by the church, and the church also learned that people were stopping at the Prayer Stop.  Hurts were healed, and people in need felt God's transforming love in their lives.  The senior pastor asked forgiveness for refusing at first, and the ministry became an important part of the church.


No advertising was purchased for the prayer stop, but news outlets found it of interest and published stories about it, spreading the word.  Just this past Sunday, The Washington Post published an article on it, with a big picture of the man who had felt the call and devoted several hours almost every day to being obedient to that call.


This publicity brought someone to report perhaps the ugliest thing the man had done before accepting the Lord.  He had shared about this as led with others in the church, and even some with whom he had prayed at the Prayer Stop, but it was not widely known.  But today it was published in the Post.  The newspaper reported that the revelation was causing the Prayer Stop to be closed.


But church members, people helped at the Prayer Stop and people from his distant past came forward to give him encouragement.  They let him know that it might be a terrible time of testing, but God could make good come out of it.  The Enemy uses everything available to impede the Lord's work, but God is stronger than anything the Enemy can do.  "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, NIV)


On Friday evenings, the church has The Father's Embrace, an open time when people can come to pray, praise, prophesy, and do whatever else the Spirit leads as the evening progresses.  This evening, this time was particularly powerful.  The Lord was calling for His name to be praised amidst the trials of the week; for His followers to understand that He had won the victory.  We praised passionately, and offered up our prayers.  A number of all ages were given a word from the Lord to share - some scripture, visions, prophesy, words of encouragement, etc.  Folks gathered around laid hands on the man with the call and his wife, and a number were given special words to encourage them.


The newspaper was wrong.  The Prayer Stop is open.  It remains available, never being locked, outside Immanuel's Church on New Hampshire Ave. in Silver Spring, Maryland, south of Ashton.  I am confident God will do even greater things through this ministry.

-Bill Samuel

6 Comment(s).

Posted by Peter Atkinson:

I found these wonderful articles on Prayer, on Bible Study, and on Holiness by that great Anglican bishop of two centuries ago, John Charles Ryle, over at the http://www.torontochristianbooks.com site. Well, well worth reading!

Here's the linking quote from their index page:

"We also warmly recommend these superb writings, "Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." by John Charles Ryle, "Bible Reading" by John Charles Ryle, and "A Call To Prayer" by John Charles Ryle, to our readers. You'll find a selection of J.C. Ryle's books below them, on the same pages. They make for some of the most profitable, edifying, encouraging and uplifting Christian books available, and are classics which have stood the test of time!"
Sunday, March 14th 2004 @ 9:01 AM

Posted by Mark Craig:

I know well the man who opened the Prayer Stop. I am so glad that you posted this message. God is faithful and has used the events to further his kingdom.
Friday, December 3rd 2004 @ 11:04 PM

Posted by Mark:

I just heard an Interview with Dennis on DW world radio (German world radio) - it's a great story and a great thing God is doing through Dennis!

An addition to your blog entry is that the guy who let him use the land is a muslim - how about that! All things work for the good of those who love the Lord. Surely the land owner can't fail to be blessed with all that prayer happening right in front of his place!!
Sunday, February 6th 2005 @ 5:15 PM

Posted by M.McConaty:

Yet this very same man has not had contact with his youngest daughter in over a year. Yet his very same man turns his back, and lies to his own daughter. This very same man when given the opportunty to see his daughter for the first time in five years, couldn't tear himself away from "church duties".

-Dennis McConaty's Youngest Daughter
Saturday, June 11th 2005 @ 11:11 PM

Posted by Putuberbagi:

Pray before doing anything comrades. Thank you for the information. Very helpful.

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Posted by bromotravelindo:

Pray before doing anything comrades. It will strengthen yourself, beleive me. Thank you for the information. Very helpful.

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