For a couple of days each week over the past 10 weeks, Cabarrus native Larry Mowrer has sat and prayed in the shade of two old willow oaks on the front lawn of Poplar Grove Baptist Church in Concord.Mowrer, 65, has experimented with a few different prayer methods over the last few years, but he thinks he has finally found his niche. “At first, I came out a couple of hours a day for a week, just to try it out, and I got choked up every time I came,” he said. “People didn’t know why I was here. I was just sitting in a chair with a Bible and when I got choked up, I decided this was right.” Mowrer then sticks a small sign in the ground that reads, “May I pray for you?” on one side and, “You have just been prayed for,” on the other. After placing the sign, he sits down in his camping chair and begins to read and pray.The church is west of U.S. 29, just up the heavily traveled Poplar Tent Road. People often honk or wave when they drive by, said Mowrer, and some stop to convey their thanks. He’s also taken multiple prayer requests, and he has even prayed with people who’ve stopped to visit him. “I bought the sign and now I come out a minimum of two mornings a week, and I’ll stay at least two hours, sometimes more,” he said. “Traffic’s picking up, as far as people stopping. I get a lot of waves, people blowing their horns.”Mowrer said he’s not necessarily praying for everyone who passes by; he keeps his focus broader.“I pray for this county, this area, the churches, and in general for the traffic coming by,” he said. “I can’t pray for every car that comes by, but ... I just want them to feel the spirit of God when they come up and down this road.”Sitting and praying for others is a key ingredient in that spirit, Mowrer said. And people often confide in him when they stop to visit. “I have found that people have all types of problems, and I get all types of prayer requests,” he said. “His word says that he is there, whatever our circumstance. Whatever we have done – his forgiveness, his love, is there, and we just have to accept that.”Those who stop just to say thanks or encourage him also get a prayer.“I make sure I pray for them, too,” he said. “I say, ‘Don’t leave. I know you came here not looking for prayer, but let me pray for you.’ ”Mowrer lives in Kannapolis with his wife, Kathy. They’ve been members of the church for more than a year.
Friday, Aug. 16, 2013
Under the willow oaks, Kannapolis man prays
Quotes about prayer • “To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” ~ Mohandas K. Gandhi. • “Never forget the three powerful resources you always have available to you: love, prayer and forgiveness.” ~ H. Jackson Brown Jr. • “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you,’ it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart. • “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.” ~ Soren Kierkegaard. • “Prayer is simply a two-way conversation between you and God.” ~ The Rev. Billy Graham. • “Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer.” ~ Mark Twain. • “It has been said that seven days without prayer makes one weak.” ~ unknown. Source: www.brainyquote.com
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