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Memories of My First Prayer Meeting

Cadet Chapel, West Point

The year was 1982, sometime in the second half of August, and it was Reorganization (reorgy) week at West Point.  Reorgy was supposed to be one of the hardest weeks at the Academy, and at least in my book, it lived up to its reputation.   I did something wrong – doing things wrong was the plight of Plebes – and some upperclassman threatened that I might not be able to go on the retreat I was so looking forward to.

The retreat was a Sunday school teacher’s getaway, organized by the Protestant Chapel, and the Chaplain had invited me – not for my winsome ways with the kids – but I assume because he pegged me as fresh meat for evangelism if he could get me away for the weekend.   He offered me the post of teaching three and four year olds in the Sunday school chapel, assuming, I suppose, that I couldn’t do much harm at that level.  So I accepted the challenge, and in God’s providence, the threat to my weekend didn’t materialize.  Off I went.

This was the weekend that I called on the name of the Lord for salvation.  The Chaplain gave a group of us that opportunity, and I took him and the Lord up on the free offer of salvation.  Glorious.  Don’t remember much about that, truth be told, but I do remember my first prayer meeting.

Towards the end of the weekend, sometime after that gospel presentation, a group of cadet old-timers and some of us newbies gathered around a table and held hands.  Someone explained the plan: we would pray around the table, and when the person next to you was finished saying his piece to the King of kings, he or she was supposed to squeeze your hand.

I was scared.  What was I supposed to say? More than that, what if I said the wrong thing?  But for all my discomfort, it might have been most unpleasant for the persons on either side of me; I don’t remember for sure, but I’ll bet they could have nicknamed me old “sweaty-palms”.

It came my turn.  I said my piece.  Lightning didn’t strike.  And I’m here to tell you about it today, thirty years and a whole lot of prayer meetings later…but now thankfully, with dryer palms.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Design-a-Prayer Meeting

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  Matthew 7:7(ESV)

The Challenge: At Edgewood Community Church, we’re challenging everyone to make 2012 a year of prayer.  Whether you’re part of Edgewood or not, consider joining in the challenge!  What if everyone reading this found 1 or 2 (or more) friends in the next couple of weeks and organized their own prayer meeting for the New Year?  Consider what God would do!

What is the format?  Answer – whatever you want it to be.  Do you want to pray for your kids?  Great!  Do you want to pray for world missions?  Super duper.  Maybe you want to pray through the Psalms. Great idea – go for it.  Prayer for our country?   We need it!  Suppose you just want to spend some time in praise?  Find some friends who are fired up about that and get praising.  Maybe you don’t want a “topic” at all.  That’s fine – just get together and pray about anything.  It’s up to you.

When, where, how long, and how often do we meet?  You probably guessed this by now: it’s your choice.  You may want to meet once a week at Tuesday noon for a half an hour at your neighbor’s house. Some may plan a once a month meeting. Or daily?  Sounds radical…charge on! No need to say more, I’m sure.

Finally…Comment on the blog that you’re joining in with us.  Then we can all rejoice that there’s a “whole lot of praying going on!”

 
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Posted by on January 12, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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