Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” (Colossians 4:2)

Good Morning Prayer Partners.

   One of my dearest friend and brother in Christ is a professional Christian recording artist named Dave Boyer. When I first laid eyes on Dave, he had a different name…Joey Stevens. As Joey Stevens, he was a talented young  vocalist who was Master of Ceremonies at the famed “500 Club” in Atlantic City, NJ, a venue which hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis (for you in the younger crowd, these were big-name entertainers), and the like. Joey was a bright young singer full of ambition and a desire to live life in the fast lane. Mafia figures took him under their wing, assuring him of a degree of worldly success. This led instead to a life of womanizing, alcohol abuse, physical abuse of his wife, and a deep despair that brought him to the conclusion that suicide was his only escape. He was performing in a club in my hometown of Marietta, PA and would walk by my house on his way to the club, dressed to the nines in a tux and the shiniest shoes I have ever seen. I aspired to be like him, unaware of his inner turmoil.

One night he decided to go down to the railroad tracks and end it all. But there was something Joey did not know…something that transformed his life forever. His parents, his father a pastor of a church in York, PA, never gave up in interceding for their son every day. Though he had scoffed at their God and their religion for most of his life, they never gave up praying for his deliverance. On that pivotal night in his life, Joey Stevens really did die, and Dave Boyer was reborn. He cried out to God, as had his parents day after day and year after year, and God delivered him. His life and marriage restored, Dave Boyer is now known throughout the Christian community as a transformed man who uses his considerable God-given talent for God’s glory, and has performed for presidents and dignitaries, recorded some of the finest albums and cd’s available, and touched tens of thousands with his testimony. I met him in Florida and shared my connect with him from my youth, and we have become great friends, all because of the devoted prayers of parents who would not let the Enemy have their son.

   Have you ever grown tired of praying for someone? Persistence in prayer is an expression of our faith that God hears and answers prayer. Our faith shouldn’t die if answers come slowly. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening-always answering. He is ever faithful, so be devoted and thankful as you pray. Let’s pray!

Glorious God, you hear every prayer we utter. In those times we grow weary, remind us of your faithfulness, that we might persevere and never give up believing and praying. With expectation and thanksgiving we come before you today with the prayers of our hearts which we make in Jesus’ holy name. Amen



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