Prayer (1)Matthew 18:20 says,  “For where two or three gather in my name, there I am with them.”

On April 12, a small band of prayer warriors came together to pray for Cornerstone Church. Angie Sweatman and I have been kindred spirits in prayer for several years. When Josh approached us a few months ago about starting a prayer movement at Cornerstone Church at Lee-Scott, we were all in.

We had read The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson a few summers ago and began praying regularly for our kids. We have gone on many a prayer walk, mostly downtown, but most recently through the woods near Angie’s house, as we prayed about the vision for this prayer movement. Mark loved to “circle” and pray in his neighborhood for his church, National Community Church. The book records lots of amazing stories about Mark acquiring properties in Washington, DC for various locations of his church. But there was a lot of prayer that came before he got any of those properties.

Mark Batterson says bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. He isn’t offended by our biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If our prayers aren’t impossible to us, they are insulting to God. It’s the impossible prayers that honor God, because they reveal our faith and allow God to reveal His glory.

Our little prayer movement is meeting every Sunday in the band room at Lee-Scott at 9:30 am. We gather in a sacred circle and pray aloud and silently, while members of our church family drift in and out of that circle. Just, maybe, the “coolest” part is hearing the band practicing in the gym. Prayers set to that awesome music – a glimpse of heaven! At around 10 am, members of said band make their way in to the band room, and the circle ripples outward.

We would LOVE to have anyone join us that has a heart for prayer! Just come on in, anytime between 9:30 and 10:15 ish. We believe the LORD has amazing things He wants to do in our church. We want to be a church that dreams big and prays hard and waits expectantly for what only He can do. We are grateful and honored to be part of a church family that values prayer and wants to seek the LORD for His will in what he has for us.

Joanne LaBuda