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‘Prayer wall’ protects lakes area 24-7

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A community surrounded by prayer. That’s what coordinators Martha Rocheford, Wendy Gordon, Char Krieg, Rose Anderson and DeLora Stoa are doing for Detroit Lakes and the surrounding area — building a wall of prayer.

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Since launching the Lakes Area Prayer Wall over Labor Day weekend 2012 at Chapel on the Hill Church, the four women have been working to fill one-hour slots of people providing “24 hours, seven-day (a week) prayer coverage for our community,” Rocheford said.

“People select one hour a week to pray,” she added. That weekly commitment is indefinite.

The metaphorical wall “signifies protection around our community,” Gordon said.

In the Old Testament, she said, walls were built around cities for protection. Now, through prayer, those walls will be built for protection as well.

Gordon quotes 1 Peter 2:5-6 from the Bible, “And now you are living stones that are being used to build a spiritual house…” to show that people are being used as living stones to build this wall of prayer around the community, with Christ being the cornerstone.

“As believers, we are living stones around the wall of protection in our city,” she said.

The Prayer Wall is an international idea that Rocheford heard about in the Twin Cities and decided to start in the Detroit Lakes area.

“It started planting the seed for it,” she said.

It isn’t tied to any church. In fact, the five woman who came together to organize the Lakes Area Prayer Wall attend various churches.

 “It’s not about an individual church. It’s about the body of Christ and the unity of the word,” Gordon said.

It’s simply for the common belief, she added.

There are 168 hours in a week, and the ladies have over 80 hours filled with prayer volunteers. They are hoping to fill the remaining 100 hours by Labor Day weekend.

“So people are praying for our community 83 hours a week,” Gordon said. “Anyone who lives in this community is being prayed for.”

The way it works is there is a topic of prayer for each month. For example, in March it was for governing authority. Then each week is something, or someone, specific under that monthly category.

In March, Week 1 was for local law enforcement agencies, and fire and rescue professions. Week 2 was for county and city governments. Week 3 was for judicial and legal community, and Week 4 was for social services and probation agency workers.

Besides the specific people to pray for, once a part of the prayer wall, participants are given scripture verses to read and pray over during their hour. For example, under Week 1, they were to pray for courage (Deuteronomy 31:6), to hear God’s voice (1 Kings 19:11-12), protection (Psalm 34:19-20), strength (Isaiah 40:31), wisdom (James 1:5) and direction (Proverbs 16:9).

That is just one example of a month. The women said they pray for schools, families, marriage, teachers, pretty much everything and anything at one point.

“Every community has different needs also,” Gordon added.

Those who sign up to be a part of the Lakes Area Prayer Wall receive a monthly newsletter with places and events to get together and pray together, and the topics and scripture to pray for that month.

Rocheford said that other cities have inquired about the Lakes Area Prayer Wall, and it is being used as a prototype of sorts to move other cities to start one as well.

“Prayer changes things and prayer moves the hand of God,” Gordon said.

Anyone who is interested in being a part of the Lakes Area Prayer Wall can contact Martha Rocheford at 218-849-9234 or martharocheford@gmail.com. More information can also be found at www.prayatthelakes.org.

Follow Pippi Mayfield on Twitter at @PippiMayfield.

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