The Power of Prayer – by Darryl Marcoux

I was asked to write something from a life experience by the powers that be and this incident came to mind. I wish to write this with the hope that it will inspire someone in their moment of doubt and despair.

I was invited to an outreach center in the city of Los Angeles five days in January 2001. On this particular day our assignment was to go to McArthur Park and invite people to the center for a free dinner and some fellowship in the form of music worship that evening. There was a representative from the center and my immediate team leader and myself working one side of the park. I noticed a Hispanic man sitting by himself by the shore of the pond. I walked up to this fellow and invited him to the event that evening. He responded negatively and asked me to leave him alone. It was obvious that he was in a bad place so I kept talking to him in an easy going manner keeping the conversation light. He started responding to my conversation but very reserved. This went on for 10 minutes or so and again asked me to leave him alone. I left him be and found my two teammates where I explained the situation at the edge of the pond. We were about fifty feet from him and decided to join hands and lift him in prayer. We were at it for about 90 seconds when he turned around and waved me over to him. He took the invitation to dinner and admitted himself to the center. I found out later that he was considering suicide. I did not know this at the time but they told me he had a loaded gun and handed it in to the center when he decided to give God a chance. Later in the month I received an email from the center that he was Mexican, addicted to drugs, completed his program and gave his life to Jesus. Amen.

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