How It All Began


The whole strange adventure got its start one night as I sat in my study reading Life magazine. I merely turned a page, and at first glance it seemed there was nothing to interest me. The page showed a pen drawing of a trial taking place in New York City, 350 miles away from my home in rural Pennsylvania. I'd never been to New York, and I'd never wanted to go, except perhaps to see the Statue of Liberty.

I started to flip the page over. But as I did, something caught my eye. It was the eyes of a figure in the drawing - a boy. He was one of seven boys on trial for murder. I held the magazine closer to get a better look. The artist had captured a look of bewilderment, hatred and despair in the young boy's features. Suddenly, I began to cry.

"What's the matter with me?" I wondered, impatiently brushing away a tear. Then I looked at the picture more carefully. The boys were all teenagers. They were members of a gang called the Dragons. Beneath the picture was the story of how they had been in Highbridge Park in New York when they brutally attacked and killed a fifteen-year-old polio victim named Michael Farmer.

The story revolted me. It literally turned my stomach. In our little mountain town, such things seemed mercifully unbelievable. Yet I was dumbfounded by the next thought that sprang into my head. It came to me full-blown, as if from somewhere else: Go to New York and help those boys.

The thought startled me. “I'd be a fool to do that,” I reasoned. “I know nothing about kids like these. And I don’t want to know anything."

It was no use. The idea wouldn’t go away. I was to go to New York. And I was to do it at once, while the trial was still in progress.

This trip changed his life forever. David Wilkerson’s burden for the lost of the city increased and gave birth to Teen Challenge – a nationwide ministry to reach out to people with life controlling habits. The ministry’s Bible-based recovery program to troubled teens, gang members, drug addicts and alcoholics has been recognized as one of the most effective efforts of its kind.



From the desk of David and Gary Wilkerson, devotions to challenge you to a closer walk with Jesus Christ.

Books by David Wilkerson

The Cross and the SwitchbladeDavid Wilkerson is the best-selling author of The Cross and the Switchblade and The Vision and Beyond. Please visit our store for a complete listing of books.


Daily Devotional


by David Wilkerson | April 3, 2014

A pastor’s wife left a pitiful message on our ministry’s answering service. She said in very slurred speech, “Brother Dave, thousands of preachers’ wives drink in secret to cover their pain. That’s what I do. I drink to dull the ache.” Other ministers’ wives write of their failing marriage or their husband’s addiction to pornography.

Beloved, these are the people I am now helping in prayer. I pray for ministers and their families, because I know they need it. I have learned firsthand that helping prayer works. Scripture says that when the apostle Peter was bound in jail, “prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him” (Acts 12:5). And God delivered Peter with a miracle!

SubscribeRead More

Prayer Request

Prayer Request
Gayle Carpenter

For my son, Jerrod, that he will be able to get a job where he and his family live. My grandson Easyn has severe ADHD and a receptive expressive disorder. Daughter-in-law, Cassie - be able to get a job in her local school district.

Monday, April 14, 2014 5:20:00 PM


Please pray for my son and daughter who've been diagnosed as bi-polar and suffer bouts of depression. Pray for deliverance for each.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 9:16:00 AM


Please, pray for the salvation of my son, Fabio  

Tuesday, April 08, 2014 6:26:00 AM


My Grandson needs salvation. He was in Ramadi Iraq during the war.He has PTSD and has has lost all his faith in God.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 9:26:00 PM


Pray for an 8 month old baby girl who was born prematurely. She has never been able to leave the hospital and is having severe problems. Dr's are running out of things to help her.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:08:00 PM

Lillie T

Please help me pray for my family and husband, for God to heal him of Epilepsy and bring him closer to him. Thank you!

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:44:00 PM

Lillie T

Please-please pray for my brother, he needs God's healing from alcoholism, his marrige is falling apart because of it. Thank you!

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:40:00 PM

Al S.

Our Pastor of 38 years died suddenly at the age of 64, he preached the full Gospel. Our Elders by faith and prayer have decided that they don’t want to follow the plans of man but are going to wait on God. Please pray for wisdom and direction at this time!

Monday, March 31, 2014 9:16:00 PM

Benedicta A.

I am requesting your prayers for my unborn child. I have had 2 miscarriages. The doctors have not been able to determine the cause. Please pray that God strengthens me and my baby everyday.

Monday, March 31, 2014 10:26:00 AM


recovery from a recent cardiac arrest and surgery.  Trying to move nearby children need God's help selling house and moving


Monday, March 31, 2014 3:47:00 AM


Please pray for my son Eric. He is lazy. He is addicted to alcohol, energy drinks, pornography and pills. He and his wife have 4 children and one on the way.

Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:51:00 PM


Please agree with us for God to meet all our needs, restore and heal our hearts and minds, and continue to do His will in our lives. 

Sunday, March 30, 2014 9:55:00 AM


Please pray for my son John, who needs a job. He struggles with gender identity issues and has marriage problems.

Friday, March 28, 2014 6:54:00 PM


for healing of Shingles. . . that prescriptions would be only beneficial and not harmful

Friday, March 28, 2014 4:12:00 PM


Please pray for a financial miracle for my husband and me. Also for direction of what God wants us to do for his kingdom.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:46:00 PM


Please pray for daughter Daphne. That job possibility coming up is where God wants her to be.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 5:50:00 PM


Please pray for my daughter who is addicted to Oxycodone. She has known the Lord Jesus as a child but she is very resistant to turning her life over to God. She thinks she can handle her own problems.

Thursday, March 27, 2014 12:33:00 PM


I am subjected to severe financial problems and suffering from financial situations, my fathers family is in a dangerous situation pray for us to get relief. Remember us for spirtual growth.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 11:01:00 AM


Please pray for me and everything in my life, thank you wery much.

Monday, March 24, 2014 7:42:00 AM

Please pray for my marriage.

My husband & I have been separated 4 months! Please pray for restoration!!! Joanne

Sunday, March 23, 2014 10:11:00 AM

jeanne Irene

Please pray for my son TJ, a Christian man who is venturing out to start his own business, may God open THE doors and surround him with God fearing business associates of integrity.

Friday, March 21, 2014 7:25:00 PM

william weston

Prayer for bill weston,and tom anderson both men have had a stroke. One is a believer (bill), tom is not a believer.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 8:14:00 PM

jeanne B.

please pray for my sister Rachel who is suffering with paranoia and needs God's divine touch on her mind, soul and body, this is possible with GOD.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 6:47:00 AM


Please pray for my friend who is struggling with drug and alcohol addiction and needs salvation. He has no self control and needs to let God have full control over his life.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 8:49:00 AM


I would like to pray for a healing for my youngest daughter & myself. We have seizures that can not be controlled, only by the grace of our Father. Pray for his mercy on us. 

Monday, March 17, 2014 9:24:00 AM

Christopher Frank

Please Pray for a good job for me and good stewartship. For deliverence of drug addiction and drinking that is out of control 

Monday, March 17, 2014 3:58:00 AM


Urgent prayer request for my daughter for housing and for gas money she is a college student and going thru a divorce she is living in a coeed dorm and I am a single parent struggling for housing Pray for a Miracle for us 


Monday, March 17, 2014 3:55:00 AM

Mary Toscano/ Prayer for my son JR.

We would like for you to agree with us in prayer for my son junior to be fully delivered from drug addiction. We are asking for the Lord to turn my son into a man of GOD, a servant.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 4:44:00 PM

Ken Connelly

Please pray for my niece Lori.  She has breast cancer. She is only 36 and has three small children. We are believing for a miracle of healing.

Thursday, March 13, 2014 2:55:00 PM


Freedom from porn addiction.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 9:27:00 PM


Please pray for my husband Peter not to proceed with divorce and for his salvation.  Pray for the salvation of my mother Jean, my sister Wendy, my daughter Sarah.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 3:07:00 PM

Val Gordon

My granddaughter is 21 years old and she is a heroin addict & a crack addict, she smokes both, she feels unloved and suicidal, my heart is breaking. Please pray, thank you. 

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:07:00 PM


The Lord will meet the needs of my grandchildren and put a trusting and loving care taker to help care for them while my daughter attends school & her husband works.

Monday, March 10, 2014 9:54:00 PM

Tony & Rita:

Prayer that bondages will be broken in our lives & the lives of our loved ones.

Monday, March 10, 2014 9:46:00 PM

Tony & Rita

We're engaged, pray that God will raise up our relationship for his use to glorify his name.

Monday, March 10, 2014 9:39:00 PM


please pray for my business, sales are very slow.

Monday, March 10, 2014 4:34:00 AM


Please pray for strength and a fearless heart and mind. Deliverance from relentness attacks from the enemy.

Sunday, March 09, 2014 10:45:00 PM

Charles Sneed

My son andrew returned from Afghanistan, and is unemployed. He is looking for a job, he has 14 years of experience. Please pray that he will find a job immediately. He has been back over a year now.

Sunday, March 09, 2014 9:57:00 AM


7 months old Nina suffering from frequent uncontrolled seizures. Our trust is in God alone.

Friday, March 07, 2014 4:49:00 AM

Kenny H

Healing in pancreas and kidneys and liver for a Corporate prayer group at our church for the Holy Ghost baptism and for the Fire of God in my city 

Thursday, March 06, 2014 5:17:00 PM


please pray for my sister. Her name is Emanuela. She needs to spiritual deliverance and mentally healing.

Thursday, March 06, 2014 1:41:00 PM

Manuel O
Please continue praying for my wife to not file for divorce and to reconsider working on our marriage. Pray for the Lord to guide me to the right path while I seek wisdom in His word. If I should wait, then grant me patience. If I should approach my wife, please guide my steps. I pray for God to continue to guide me in becoming a better husband and father of our 2 kids.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 10:05:00 AM


Please pray for the salvation of my friend Jean-Pierre who is atheist. Several month ago, he asked me for a Bible.I believe God can save him through His Word. Thank you for joining me in prayer.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014 7:51:00 AM


Please pray that God heals my body and my mind, I have alot of health issues right now and really need Gods healing hand.

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 12:30:00 PM


please pray together with me for my son Fabian he is in hospital

Sunday, March 02, 2014 3:15:00 PM


Please pray for my eyes to get healed. I really need the Lord's touch in my life. My friend D. urgently needs your prayer for deliverance from depression and healing for his back.

Sunday, March 02, 2014 9:42:00 AM

Kevin Greally

Please pray that the Lord would provide a house for the addicted and homeless in the city of Birmingham UK where the love of God can be ministered to broken lives.

Friday, February 28, 2014 3:29:00 PM

Doris Sopher

My friend Martha just found out she has cancer of the liver. She called me today to tell me the Dr. said there isn't anything they can do but cemo. If the mass does'nt shrink she will have about a month left. Martha is 80 years young. She called me today to tell me and said she is at peace. She loves the Lord ! She tryed to comfort me! I would like to continue praying for a miracle.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 5:13:00 PM

Charles Laws

Please pray for my wife. She has fainting spells and her muscles are growing weaker. She has trouble  getting up out of bed , her chair andf the doctors cannot find a reason for it. But I know that God can! And He can heal her.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 1:31:00 PM


I am about to go homeless and have no where to go I am a christian and Older I have no vehicle I have been living in between relatives. I need a church and a Pastor. Please Pray for a miracle for me and for the Lord to reassure me Its winter and I also need a Good Job I have had tremedous health issues and huge medical debts.



Friday, February 21, 2014 1:02:00 AM

adam perlakowski

I need healing from legs pain and huge depression
let HIM bless you because you give me peace

Monday, February 17, 2014 5:28:00 AM


Please pray in agreement with me for the salvation of my mother who is 89 yrs old and does not know the Lord as her Savior yet.

Saturday, February 08, 2014 5:52:00 AM

Ina Freeman

 Needs healing for her eyes please send prayers up for her. She is almost blind in both eyes.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 6:01:00 PM

Irma T.

Please pray for my son that the chains of addiction are permanently broken.  Please pray he uses his new found freedom to reach out to others who suffer from the same evil hold.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 2:58:00 PM


Please pray for Tsvetomila Todorova. She has lung cancer. She is a young christian and is a believer in prayer and healing. The cancer is near going into the liver. 

Saturday, February 01, 2014 11:44:00 AM

Kathy W.

Please join me in praying my children will SOON be saved and glorifying God as they walk with Him in obedience and joy.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 9:37:00 AM

Ann Ammerman

Please pray i for physical healing

Friday, January 24, 2014 1:49:00 PM


Please pray for Danny's salvation. The Lord to draw him to Jesus Christ in true faith and repentance.

Friday, January 24, 2014 1:24:00 PM

Linda Graham

Please pray for Keira a 6 mo old baby. She has to have heart surgery. She was born 3 mo early and has never been able to go home because of one physical problem after the other.  Also pray for her mommy and daddy and the rest of their family.


Thursday, January 23, 2014 2:03:00 PM


Please, pray for my son Alexander, age 27. He used to take heroin, but now is on methadone. He was in a rehabilitation center, but shortly after that he returned on drugs again. He believed in Jesus, but not now.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 5:36:00 AM


I am a college student going thru a divorce and have a three year old staying at his dads not a christian home I live in a coeed college dorm Pray for tmy dads salvation and that he would help us and for the Lord to bring me christian friends and a body to worship the Lord in 

Thursday, January 16, 2014 1:50:00 AM

Pray for my friend H.V. who is stressed dealing with a serious family matter and fearful that past wrongs will rob him of a new blessing. Keisha | August 1, 2012

I just moved to Atlanta. Really miss BT!! Please pray that God will work it out that I can get my son into the right Charter School. Georgia | August 1, 2012

Please pray that my husband and I will be able to conceive.. We have been trying to have a baby for about 7 yrs. We need a miracle! Thank U Adriana | August 1, 2012

Pray for my friend H.V. who is stressed dealing with a serious family matter and fearful that past wrongs will rob him of a new blessing. Keisha | August 1, 2012

See all PrayersSubmit a Prayer


© 2014 World Challenge. All rights reserved. PO Box 260, Lindale, TX 75771-0260, (903) 963-8626