Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church and Preschool

La Grange, TX 

A Message From Our Pastor

 

THE GREAT WORK AND GIFT OF PRAYER

 

The great preacher, Rev. D.L. Moody went on a long, much needed vacation in England from his congregation in Chicago.  At one point during his vacation, a local pastor asked Moody to preach at his church.  So Moody went to preach the next Sunday morning.  Afterward he recalled that that was the deadest, most uninvolved crowd he had ever seen!   The only thing worse than preaching to these people was that he had promised to speak to them that same night.

 

That night, midway through his sermon something began to happen.  The people started to come to life, and Moody asked if anyone would like to commit their life to Christ.  Dozens and Dozens of people stood up!

 

The next day he boarded a train to Ireland to continue his vacation – but the Lord had other plans.  Arriving, there was a telegram waiting for him which read:  “Please come back.  A revival has broken out!”

 

So Moody returned to the church and preached for 10 straight nights and over 400 people confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior.  Moody was perplexed when he learned that an 80-year-old widow named Mary Ann Adeland had read one of his sermons in the newspaper and began to pray day and night that God to bring Rev. Moody to her church and friends!

 

What is it about this thing called prayer?  How does it work?  Why does it work such great things?  A little old widow’s love and concern for her spiritually dead neighbors and family inspired her to pray specifically and relentlessly and the vacation plans of a famous preacher are adjusted for a great spiritual awakening, right in her hometown!  Believers pray because because they love and they trust the God of all creation.

 

Experts tell us that the average Christian prays less than five minutes a day.  How many neighbors, friends, and family who don’t recognize Jesus as Lord and Savior do you have?  If you see them with the eyes of Christ and you truly love them, consider Mary Ann  and her deep love and concern. 

 

“Never give up praying.  And when you pray, stay alert and be thankful.  Be sure to pray that God will make a way for us to spread his message and explain the mystery about Christ.”  Colossians 4:2-3

 

Rev. Bill Qualman, Pastor