In 2011, Douglasville Church’s prayer ministries co-coordinator read an article in the Southern Tidings Magazine about a school that would pray for one student each day. This idea launched the “Prayer Bowl” Ministry.
Both members and visitors submit names of people they want to pray for. These names are placed into a bowl and each week seven names are drawn. One name for each day of the week. In 2011, the first year of the Prayer Bowl ministry, 450 names were submitted. This year over 600 names have been submitted and are being prayed for. The Douglasville Prayer Bowl Ministry has grown and continues to grow because the congregation has experienced the power of united prayer.
Members with difficult medical issues have been healed. A three year old battled cancer for two years and is now cancer free. Several members survived strokes and are attending church each Sabbath. Stage four cancer survivors, heart attack survivors, and automobile accident victims sit amongst our congregation. Families have been reunited, employment has been found and missing members have returned. The list of testimonies is long. Each time an answered prayer is shared with the church, our faith in a just and compassionate God is strengthened.
Every Sabbath the list of names appears on a screen during services, is printed in the bulletin, is emailed to members and is posted on the church Facebook page. Special and urgent requests are texted to cell phones in a prayer chain so petitions can be made immediately.
United prayer has truly brought the members of the Douglasville Church closer to each other and closer to the Father in heaven. A motto has been adopted “The need is great, the list is long--our God has got this." In our hearts, we hold fast unto the words of John: “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” (15:7)
by Sandra Manestar