I first met Marcia on a Sunday morning. She approached me before our adult fellowship time and introduced herself. She said she noticed me a week or two before that sitting by myself. She said I looked defeated.
This was a few years ago…after my wife left me and before I lost my secure job that held me constantly sleep deprived. Defeated was becoming my constant companion.
Marcia and I have become great friends since that encounter. Life, on the other hand, has continued to beat me down, but not out. I keep hoping the pendulum of fate hits the low part of its swing soon. I could use some things to begin working toward the “Blessings of God” side.
Being a prayer warrior, as most 70+ year old women of faith are, I knew Marcia would love my book of 100 prayers.
She took the book home and devoured the last chapter on the 23rd Psalm. She told me my writing ranks right up there with Chuck Swindoll. I didn’t say it does…she did.
One of Marcia’s sons helps lead three day retreats called Tres Dias. She gave him her copy of my book to see if they’d like to use it as a gift book for the attendees. She couldn’t wait to get her original copy back from him so she bought a second book that she could continue to work through.
They decided my book would fit with their work so the retreat coming up next month in north Texas will have 100 Prayers of a Writer in the gift bag all the men receive.
Marcia is making sure I have no excuse for not attending that retreat. I told you she’s a great friend.
I knew the bare minimum I had to do is sign every copy of my book. Knowing how much Marcia, and her prayer warrior friends, are praying for this retreat I decided to take it one step further.
I set the six boxes of books out on my floor before I opened them.
I pulled one book out of the first box and set it on top of a stack of two boxes in front of me.
While on my knees I set my left hand on the book and prayed for the man getting that book.
I don’t know the names of anybody going to this retreat. I haven’t even met Marcia’s son, yet. I let the Holy Spirit guide me through each prayer.
Some of these men are dealing with serious addiction issues. Others are facing hard decisions…health issues…family strife…career choices…secrets.
There are some good apples in the bunch who need to deepen their relationship with God at this point in their lives. A few are about to be used mightily by God soon.
I’ve heard of others doing such praying before, but this was my first experience with it.
I hope it’s not my last.
About a third of the way through my running time came due. I took the break from this spiritual warfare to recharge my prayer battery.
What began after church ended after supper that evening.
I know some men will be blessed by the words God used me to write in those books.
This man is blessed by praying for every man attending that retreat.
Please join me in praying for God’s kingdom to be built by what will transpire that weekend.
I’ll see you later. Wade