We Believe in Prayer

I have written frequently about the daily prayer sheet we have here at Helping Up Mission. If a guy has something that matters enough to him to put it on the prayer sheet, it must be important to him. Whatever it is, we know it is important to God. And if it is important to him and to God, it is important to us. So, here at the Mission, we make a prayer list every day and we pray for each item on the list. Our prayer list is new each day, so if it still matters to you today, you need to put it on the list again today. And if it is on the list, we will pray. 

The whole thing has become a powerful spiritual tool in the hearts of new men who show up here. I even tell them, “you don’t have to believe, we do!  You put it on the prayer sheet, we will pray for it.” So, every day, we pray for the men and women in our armed forces stationed around the world as well as those who serve in first responder units (police, fire and EMS) across our country. We are praying guys we know who are incarcerated, as well as the people in Haiti along with those who are ministering to their needs (including my neighbor, Chris on the USN Comfort).

But we also know we are not the only ones who are praying around here! A number of churches in the area regularly include us in their prayer lists. This week, I was handed the Missionary Prayer and Praise Calendar of Valley Presbyterian Church in Lutherville, Maryland. This week they are praying for us here at Helping Up Mission. It is such a comfort and encouragement to us to be assured of others prayers on our behalf.

So to all of you who are praying for us, thanks, it’s working. And to those of you who haven’t, we need all the help we can get!


Pastor Gary Byers

Spiritual Life Director

PS If you would, please pray for Larry who helps our men work through their financial difficulties. He has been diagnosed with brain cancer.