Hillcrest-Bellefonte: “It's Praying Time!"
In the wee hours of the morning when sleep has evaded us because of the overwhelming stress and strain on body and soul, guess what; it’s praying time.
In the middle of political and social debate, its praying time. When the disrespectful retorts echo in your brain from the latest altercation with the worlds’ most obnoxious teenage (your child; mind you) it’s praying time.
When we wish to thank and praise the Lord for all of the blessings we have received its praying time.
The purpose of praying is more than run of the mill petition, deliverance and rescue, praying is building the immortality of the soul. Prayer is the eternal connection to God, the relationships we build through prayer are not only lasting but everlasting. Right now as I’m writing this article someone is praying with me and for me. And having that kind of trust in God and our fellow human being is enormous when you think about it.
Over the past three years Hillcrest-Bellefonte has sponsored a prayer ministry dedicated to God, the congregation and the community. Every Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-9:30 am individual and corporate prayer is offered to God and to the public. Rain or Shine. We invite you to come and join our Prayer Warriors ; Sister Sandy Vidro and Mariam Humphrey as they enjoin with the Holy Spirit to bring solace and comfort to the soul.
The Lord Jesus has granted them the gifts to invite the sacredness of God into the sanctuary and hopefully into your heart. The peace and the serenity of the sanctuary has been sanctified by intercessory prayer, holy oil and praise petitions to the glory of the Lord. If your heart is troubling you, then fear no more; for the sweet serenity of the sanctuary offers peace and comfort to the soul that yearns for solace.Perhaps you have the notion in your mind that you don’t know how to pray, or you don’t feel comfortable praying? Beloved please don’t get shackled down by those demonic fiery darts shot straight from hell. Focus on the power that God gives us through prayer. We invite you to come and join us as you begin to practice eternal power, with the courage to overcome any and all obstacles set before you. Come and gain the strength to change the hearts of men and women, gain the power to spread life, abundant life to those who are in despair. Come and fulfill the dreams of your life and more.
How can I make such claims, simple I am a recipient of the blessings God has placed before me whether I deserved them or not, yes God’s grace and blessing have rescued me from the storms and enemies which Satan has placed as obstacles in my way. In every instance a prayer to the Lord has rescued me and will rescue and deliver you for the asking.
Beloved, God is calling you and I, to the battlefield of life. We are obligated to either fight or surrender. By the way, we have to be on the battlefield regardless of whether or not we fight. Good thing is when we don’t fight God still fights for us, why because someone who is a believer is praying for us keeping us in the grace of Jesus.
The most exciting and thrilling attribute of prayer is answered prayer. Prayer that comes from the heart and is rewarded by the Lord is priceless. And without being pious think of all the priceless moments in your life, guess what that all came from the Lord.
It's Prayer Time - come join us! Amen
Rev. Tony Arrington
About Our Pastor
Reverend Anthony A. Arrington (Tony) comes to Hillcrest-Bellefonte UMC from Journey of Faith UMC in Philadelphia, PA, where he served the last 7 years. He has been a minister for 22 years serving churches in PA, DE, and even WV. Tony went to Wesley Seminary in Washington, DC. He is not only Biblically based but is also a prayer warrior.
Tony believes, “...that we are in a position now and in the 21st century to bring more people to Christ than have ever been brought to Christ before. In doing so, our duty as Christians is to make real concepts of building the kingdom of God here on earth as it is in heaven.”
Come meet Pastor Tony and his lovely wife Ann, the newest additions to our church family.