A church in downtown Detroit is working to encourage the renewal of the area by introducing a spiritual component. ST. John’s Episcopal Church is located next door to Comerica Park and has a prime location, so they installed a wooden prayer wall, 9 feet high. The church says the wall is a way for them to connect to the community and provide spiritual input to the area. Church member Joel Alff was inspired to complete the project after he saw a similar structure designed to resemble the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Alff presented the idea to the church and then enlisted a neighbor to help build it. The church will collect the prayer requests from the structure and pray over them. Alff said, “I’d like to do it when people are going to the games, so people and see it. We’re serious. You put your prayer in there, we’re going to pray awfully hard that it gets answered.” –Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell
Detroit church raises prayer wall amid downtown crowd, By Mark Hicks, http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/religion/2016/04/02/detroit-church-raises-prayer-wall-amid-downtown-crowd/82548766, Accessed April 2, 2016.
James 5:16 (HCSB) “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The urgent request of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.”