by Caris Post
A quiet murmur of prayer filled the room on Sunday evening, September 13 as the 11:30 am Patch sphere met for its monthly prayer concert.
An opportunity for praising God through petition, praise, thanksgiving and singing in a group setting, a prayer concert emulates the heart of the New Testament church as seen throughout the book of Acts, with the hope of making a true impact on God’s Kingdom. The monthly time is filled with members of the sphere communicating what God is doing all over the globe and providing specific prayer points for engaging with God through prayer during and after the meeting.
“It helps me through the week, and I know the power of prayer. I especially like praying with other members of my home group,” Cheryl Good remarked of the monthly meeting.
This month, Ryan Hall and his guitar got the concert started by leading the group in “It is Well” and “Amazing Grace.” Liz Spitznagle was the first to speak, conveying how God’s grace was revealed in her life on a deeper level through Numbers 11 and her recent trip to Cancun. She reminded the group to be aware of what causes your mind to be clouded and, like the Israelites “lose the ability to see God’s provision.”
Highlighted also was the recent excitement of a home church who witnessed a man, who they had prayed for over 20 years, come into a personal relationship with Jesus. Curt and Laura Bolain testified to the journey of building a relationship with this man who is now wanting to impact others for Christ. They shared how this salvation also helped build unity in a recent combination plant of 3 home churches into one.
Terri DiPietro shared about Haiti and the way God is moving in that country, most recently with 250 salvations in 3 weeks of volunteer-run mobile medical clinics. DiPietro asked for prayer for indigenous leaders to be identified and trained and churches to be planted throughout Haiti, especially in those areas where the evangelical church has virtually no presence. She concluded saying, “We couldn’t enter into [this] work without people laying the foundation [in prayer].”
Roger Harvey gave the final presentation of the evening, asking for prayer for the sphere specifically in the area of equipping. He noted, “Equipping is critical for us” as we carry out the mission of the church.
The Bible commands us: “Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer concerts are another way of participating in our role in God’s plan and living out this devotion to prayer!
Prayer concerts for the 11:30 am Patch sphere are held the 1st Sunday of the month, 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Office Auditorium (1340 Community Park, 43229), and for the DeLashmutt sphere the 2nd Sunday of the month at 7:30 pm at the 4th Street Auditorium (1934 N. Fourth, 43201). You can find the prayer concerts and other upcoming events at http://www.xenos.org/calendar.
While prayer concerts are sphere specific, anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend.