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Persistent Prayer Pays Off
PRAYER BREAKFASTS are a priority at the Charlotte Fire Department. From the first, the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters has hosted regular early morning prayer ...

Reverend Wayne Detzler, PhD, Chaplain (Retired) – Charlotte, NC, Fire Department; Fellowship of Christian Firefighters Regional Director

PERSISTENT PRAYER PAYS OFF

When prayer prompts service

PRAYER BREAKFASTS are a priority at the Charlotte Fire Department. From the first, the Fellowship of Christian Firefighters has hosted regular early morning prayer breakfasts. Each month there’s a breakfast for each of three shifts.

Sometimes these breakfasts center on comfort. When a firefighter goes through a death in the family or the devastation of divorce, he or she can find comfort with others at the early morning prayer times.

At other times firefighters are committed to Christ for special assignments. Many members have gone on missions trips around the world. They know that their most faithful prayer partners come from the monthly prayer times.

Fellowship is also a key to these regular times. Driving through the silent streets in the early morning, brothers and sisters know they’ll find understanding and encouragement at the prayer breakfast.

Each month a leader shares basic Bible teaching. This is especially important, because it’s tailor-made for the busy bustle of life in the fire station. Relevance is as regular as the sunrise.

“Surely it is you who love the people; all the holy ones are in your hand.” (Deuteronomy 33:3)

However, this is not just about encouraging one another. Out of these early morning Bible studies has come a strong support team for the firefighters in our department.

When department members go through tough times, their first call is the firefighter support team. Within minutes, a team member will come to the hospital, or make a visit at the fire station.

Administrators also rely on the firefighter support team. They call on our team when sickness strikes a firefighter or his family. When death snatches a family member, administrators call on support team members to stand with the firefighter. Often, it’s a team member who leads the funeral service.

Fellowship and service function like alternating current in the Christian life. We draw strength from fellowship. In prayer we seek the Lord’s energizing power. Then we return to the world to serve. It’s always a temptation to spend time in the warmth and comfort of a caring fellowship, but the Lord sends us to serve a lost and dying world. The “current” must flow both ways.

Prayer:

Help me to remember every day that I was saved to serve, O Lord.


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