Saturday, 60 Monroe preachers met in secret to pray

There was a lot of praying going on Saturday morning when about sixty black pastors and ministers met at a local church for prayer.

Last week, this column complained that pastors and ministers have not met to pray and seek spiritual guidance, on their own accord, in over two decades.

Last week, ministers started receiving invitations to a prayer breakfast for one purpose: to pray.

As they entered the building, many were skeptical because “prayer breakfast” is usually code for a political meeting, called by some official who has an agenda other than simply “prayer.”

They scanned the agenda. They sang a song and heard a welcome that was followed by a long list of prayers.

The meeting facilitator asked for no notoriety, announced that he sought no office and was not trying to form an organization.

He also announced that there would be no political announcements, endorsements, or opportunities for grants or funding of some sort.

Since the subject of the meeting was only prayer, there were no pictures taken, the names of the speakers were not to be reported, and even the place where the session was held was not public.

“Our only purpose is to pray,” the facilitator said.

They prayed for crime reduction.

They prayed for less violence and more peace.

They prayed for greater fellowship among ministers.

They prayed for unity in the community.

They prayed for the anointing and outpouring of God’s spirit in the Monroe community.

They waved their hands, stomped their feet, and shouted words of praise.

When it ended, they ate a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, toast, grits, and coffee and talked with each other long after the session ended.

As each person left, they all left smiling, saying, “Oh, didn’t our hearts burn within as we walked along the way.”

It was a real prayer breakfast, and every person who attended was amazed at the number of pastors present in the same room for the same purpose.

Let’s do it again!