That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God. Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long suffering with joyfulness; giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light… Colossians 1:10-12
Mark’s brothers left the family company due to irreconcilable differences in management and started their own competitive electrical companies. Mark and I, and his parents were left with a huge business debt. Life continued to be very difficult.
Mark was asked to serve on a team to lead the next spiritual retreat weekend. This involves months of team meetings and a weekend Thursday night through a Sunday night at a retreat center nearby. It was always a growing, deepening spiritual experience for anyone who participated. I enjoyed serving on teams more than my original weekend, which is saying a lot! It is such a blessing to watch others experience God’s love as you did!
Serving is voluntary, labor intensive, and requires sacrifice from the spouse at home. Everything is done for the glory of God and as well as time and energy allows. There is always a 72 hour prayer vigil for every hour of the weekend. There is a prayer chapel manned the entire time by at least two people and an ordained minister stays with the group at the retreat location.
We learned prayer is the engine or strength of any ministry. We believed that it was what made the retreats so spiritually powerful. Over the years we participated in almost every capacity in serving and watched immediate answer to prayer. There were salvations, healing, deliverance, and flat out miracles!
Prayer: Thank you Lord for growing our faith through the experience of answered prayer!
Thought: Does recognition of and participation in prayer protect events from the evil one and invite the power of the Holy Spirit? I would lovingly challenge any Christian to participate in such an event and not experience the awesome power of the Triune Godhead (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) through prayer.