If you have an illness in the family, financial worries — or if you just need some spiritual help to get you through the week—prayer warriors at the Rolla Church of the Nazarene stand by each Monday morning to help lift your needs to the Lord God Almighty.
They are literally standing by, waiting for you to drive up beneath the entrance canopy, so they can walk to your car door, hear your need, and offer a prayer on the spot before sending you on your way.
“It’s an outreach of the church,” said Ellen Lewis, who started the program called “Drive-Thru Prayer: A Moment of Sharing and Caring.” Lewis and other volunteers who believe in the power of prayer wait at the church building’s canopy at 1901 E. 10th St. every Monday from 7-8:30 a.m. to pray with whosoever drives up and requests it.
The prayer program started April 1. So far, the response has been lackluster. Only one car pulled up, and that was a church member. Perhaps Rolla area residents have all of their spiritual needs being met; perhaps they just haven’t heard about it.
“It’s still pretty new,” Lewis said. “It’s going to take some time to get the word out.”
Lewis said she asked the church board if she could begin the ministry, which is similar to one she had read about some months ago in a magazine.
“I think it was in Guideposts,” she said. “They (the board) said to run with it.”
Drive-Thru Prayer is exactly what the name says, she explained.
“We’re not there to hassle people or take any information,” she said. “When they drive up, we’ll go to the car, pray with them and send them on their way. It’s just basically to help the community.”
People seeking prayer don’t even have to get out of their cars or give their names, she said.
The ministry is open to everyone, regardless of their faith. It doesn’t matter if they are turning to prayer as a last resort or asking God for help at the beginning of a problem. Prayers of praise and gratitude will also be offered.
Many churches of various denominations offer similar ministries, a search of the world wide web will reveal.