A few months ago, the Dacusville Church of God in Pickens County, South Carolina hosted a School of Prayer. Pastor Chad Albertson sent a note about the impact of the conference, “Since the prayer conference there has been a greater awareness of God’s presence in our services and in the lives of our people. Former members that had left as a result of division have returned. An alcoholic dad was saved and filled with the Holy Ghost. Several others have been delivered of depression. God has restored many broken relationships.”
The conference has also fueled the fires of personal prayer. Pastor Chad related, “An elder called one morning weeping. He had just spent time in prayer. He wanted to tell me that he loved me and that he was praying for me.” Before the conference, the elder admitted that he could barely pray two minutes. “Now,” he says, “he can’t turn prayer off.” The next day, a deacon called the pastor. He had passed an elder on the road. The two stopped in the median of a 4-lane highway, talked and prayed for about 45 minutes. Things like this didn’t happen before the conference.
This doesn’t mean that the church is without challenges.
Pastor Chad notes, “A recent Sunday morning service was so dry and dead. Our people seemed mesmerized. As the praise team ended their last song, I went to the pulpit. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed with the presence of God. I knew he wanted to reveal his Father-heart to the people. I lead the people in a time of prayer. And God presence began break out all over the sanctuary.”
That morning, lives were again changed – an alcoholic was set free, a woman with a prodigal daughter was given such assurance that her broken heart was healed. Youth flooded to the altars cried out for their schools and peers. From 11:20 – 1:00 p.m., there was wave after wave of His Presence.
That evening, Pastor Albertson told the congregation the story of the battle of the Philistines against David, the battle at the place called Baal Perazim, meaning, the Lord of the breakthrough.
At the conclusion of the message, people again filled the altars, once more crying out for a deeper experience with God and for a more passionate prayer life.
God is up to something. Thank you for the part you and Alive Ministries: PROJECT PRAY played.
God Bless! Pastor Chad Albertson
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