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.

 

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Daily Devotional

THE RIVER OF LIFE

by David Wilkerson | June 27, 2014

In Ezekiel 47, the prophet was shown the following: In the very last days, the Church of Jesus Christ will be more glorious, more victorious, than in its entire history. The Lord’s true Body is not going to weaken or decrease in power or spiritual authority. No, His Church will go out in a blaze of power and glory and it will enjoy the fullest revelation of Jesus that anyone has ever known.

Ezekiel writes, “Their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many” (Ezekiel 47:10). A body of believers will come forth who will swim in the rising waters of the Lord’s presence.

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Prayer Request

Prayer Request
Kathie

Please pray for my daughter's healing from alcohol addiction and for her to come back to God.


Wednesday, January 07, 2015 11:27:00 AM

judith

My daughter just had a baby and had been drinking and abusing her prescriptions. Doesnt think she has a problem  She also is raising 5 more children.


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:29:00 PM

Tony Peralta

Im a Student at Summit International School Of Ministry and i need Money to pay for tuition , Please Pray !


Saturday, October 11, 2014 7:32:00 AM

Raffaele

There is a friend of a friend that is suffering deeply with depression and anger. He's desparate and seeking relief from this mental torment. His name is Tom.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014 8:23:00 AM

Janine

Please pray for my Aunt Liz, she is in her early 50's and has been diagnosed with terminal amyloidosis in the liver.


Tuesday, September 09, 2014 3:36:00 AM

Gladys

Please pray for Rodney the gospel singer. His life is total chaos.


Monday, September 08, 2014 6:20:00 PM

Nancy S

Please pray for my sister Terri who has been diagnosed with inoperable endometrial cancer and for salvation of her and many other members of my family.


Sunday, September 07, 2014 10:56:00 PM

Cherne

My husband is out of work. We are trusting God for a break through. Please pray for us.


Sunday, September 07, 2014 12:18:00 PM

Ann

My family desperately needs an income. And health.


Monday, August 18, 2014 6:07:00 AM

Request

Please pray for Edward A that the lord may bring conviction to his heart and he soften his heart.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014 12:20:00 AM

Anu

Please pray that god may provide me guidance to choose my career decisions


Saturday, August 09, 2014 7:11:00 AM

Tammy B

Please pray for me to be free from fear and anxiety and have peace again to serve the lord in the fullness


Friday, August 08, 2014 5:20:00 AM

Kristi

Please join me in praying for my sons to come back from the "far country". They have had 4 deployments and one son needs a breakthrough.


Friday, August 08, 2014 4:31:00 AM

Kaitlin

Salvation for Edward, Phyllis, Kenny, and Danielle.


Thursday, August 07, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Ajay

Suffering from throat ulcer from last 1 year God may heal me soon.


Wednesday, August 06, 2014 4:59:00 AM

NP

Please pray for my daughter who has a drug addiction.


Monday, August 04, 2014 6:20:00 PM

Harriet

Please pray for my daughter Anna, that she will open her heart to God, and His wisdom and direction in her life.

 


Monday, August 04, 2014 11:22:00 AM

Louis

Please pray that my marriage will be restored. My wife and I are separated but if we submit to the will and heart of the Lord we will know a greater love.


Sunday, August 03, 2014 4:43:00 PM

Harriet

Please pray for my daughter Anna, that she will open her heart to God, & turn to His wisdom & guidance!


Thursday, July 31, 2014 7:37:00 AM

M Dorta

For my husband with bone marrow cancer, healing, strength for the family


Monday, July 28, 2014 1:41:00 PM

Pauline

Plsease pray for salvation for my husband, sister and brother in law. and that God will send business to my salon.


Sunday, July 27, 2014 4:11:00 PM

Persecuted Church

Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Iraq and Syria


Friday, July 25, 2014 4:30:00 AM

Nellie

My husband has been battling anxiety. I know as he does God is able to deliver him from this attack.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 3:19:00 PM

Ken & Sandee

Please pray for salvation for our oldest daughter Lisa and our son Billy. They are both caught up in the world. Both have tasted of the LORD and have God's call on their lives.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014 2:06:00 PM

NataliaP.

Please pray for my cousin Laura, she is living now in Russia and she is so far from God. Pray that she can find Jesus and have a close/real relationship with our Savior.

 


Monday, July 21, 2014 4:35:00 PM

Helen

Salvation of ex ron and reconcilliation, provision.


Monday, July 21, 2014 3:39:00 PM

Harry

Please pray that my two sons be free from drugs


Monday, July 21, 2014 10:26:00 AM

Ron

I contracted malaria in Mali in 2005. I am still in an intense battle to this day. Please pray that God will guide and restore me.


Sunday, July 20, 2014 3:12:00 AM

Roberta

Miracles and wisdom needed for a widow facing multiple challenges.


Saturday, July 19, 2014 9:13:00 PM

Linda

Please pray for my son-in-law Reggie, he is having much trouble recovering from surgery and because of this, having great financial bills. He is discouraged.                                   


Friday, July 18, 2014 9:55:00 PM

Elise

BJ has been diagnosed with  adenocarcinoma. Surgery is not an option. Please pray for healing and for strength for BJ and her family.


Friday, July 18, 2014 4:17:00 PM

Lidia

Please pray for my daughter to receive double measure of strength and wisdom as she seeks her life's calling spiritually and professionally.


Friday, July 18, 2014 2:37:00 PM

Micah's restored health from food poisoning

My son was in the hopital in ICU. He has improved some. Please pray for noticeable improvement today. Also, for my huband who needs to return to Jesus. That his health issues will also improve. I know the Lord is Faithful, but need to see his goodness.


Friday, July 18, 2014 8:33:00 AM

Prayer for housing

Please join me in my prayer for a house for my son and I in Wayzata MN.


Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:54:00 PM

Megha Markose

Please pray for me that I may be used of God for His glory, that I may live for Him all the days of my life. Thank you. 


Thursday, July 17, 2014 3:33:00 AM

Ruthann

Please pray that the Lord would restore my prodigal daughter to Himself & her family! Also, that the Lord would deliver her from alcoholism.


Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:04:00 AM

James - Missouri

My Daughter Joyce and Lindsey Joyce were in a car accident. It destroyed her hip joint and Lindsey needs mental healing, she is mentally challenged and is on meds. I know God is able


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:46:00 PM

Nelson

Pray for my son Ethan, that he will have Christian friends in his first year of college, for him to read his Bible, and for him to find a local church to fellowship with college level friends.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Steven Nicholas

Please pray for the Salvation of my children and grandchildren. Also, that I would walk in integrity and the fear of God.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 9:56:00 AM

Skeet

Please pray for my husband Don as he has diabetes and is losing the use of his legs.  If this happens I cannot take care of him in our home.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:34:00 AM

Betty

Could you please pray for my son Wesley and my family so they can have a relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ.


Monday, July 14, 2014 1:30:00 PM

Peter. Healing

I need to go to the dentist tomorrow. Please pray for peace would rule my heart and my tooth problem be very minor. Thank you.


Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:30:00 PM

Prayer for Wife

Please pray for my wife Betty. Shetakes care of a 91 yr. old woman at her house. She is very critical of my wife belittles her etc. Please pray the woman comes to Jesus or my wife finds a better job.


Sunday, July 13, 2014 7:27:00 PM

Joseph

I would like to request prayer for my daughter Regina and her mother, one is living in sin and the other is in bad health.


Sunday, July 13, 2014 4:54:00 PM

Virginia

My son Michael was arrested this morning and is in jail.  Please pray that he forsakes the drugs and alcohol, and wants to walk with Christ.


Thursday, July 10, 2014 8:53:00 AM

Stop Divorce

Please pray that this week my wife and I will get closer and that she will starting dropping the idea of divorce. I know The Holy Spirit is at work in her and I request to please pray that a miracle happens this week!


Tuesday, July 08, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Tom Newman

Please pray for God to save my wife Linda, and our family, Tony,Rhonda,Meagan,Zack,Jessica,Paige,and Brandon.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 1:54:00 PM

Susan

Please continue to pray for my prodigal son, Ryan (19). He left home last Sunday. He struggles with a drug addiction. He's trying to get clean on his own because he doesn't want to go to Teen Challenge for a year. He recently lost his job and has very little money. He has been raised in a Christian home and we love him very much. Thank you for your prayers.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Grandson

Johnathanhas a calling on his life to be a Missionary. The hurt of the past has turned into bitterness. He needs salvation. I'm standing on God's promises for his life.


Thursday, July 03, 2014 5:07:00 AM

KJW

Please pray that God would heal my husband's heart...brokeness from his past.  I believe that God has such a plan for his life and our family.


Wednesday, July 02, 2014 9:55:00 PM

Linda Bender

Please pray for my adoptive elder son for total deliverance from his addiction to alcohol.


Tuesday, July 01, 2014 3:51:00 PM

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

Frances

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

Anna

Please, pray for the salvation of my son, Fabio  


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

Grandson

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

Linda

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

Katie

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

Tammy

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

Vickie

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

Diane

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

Chris

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


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

Elena

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

Diane

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

Carole

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

M.MOSES

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

Tibor

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

Shawn

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

Angie

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

DEborah

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

Jackie

Freedom from porn addiction.


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

Sally

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

Rita

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

Vladimir

please pray for my business, sales are very slow.


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

Maria

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

Healing

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

Anonymous

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

Laila

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

Healing

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

Adrian

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


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

Elda

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

Deborah

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

Praise LORD ALMIGHTY!
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

JW

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

Calvin

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

Peggy

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

Sasho

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

SFD

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

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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

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