Learning How to Pray

Learning How to Pray

by Susan Neuhalfen

As you drive down Hilltop toward Guyer High School, there is a new building with a sign that simply says “Prayer City”.

That’s exactly what it is.

“Prayer, to me, is my highest calling,” said Pastor Williams Areloegbe, a native Nigerian who preaches worldwide. “You can walk in and pray anytime you want, we are always open.”

Pastor Williams and his wife Felicia have lived all over the world, growing churches and missions, on their path to creating Prayer City. Pastor Williams emphasizes that this is not a church, though they have a service on Sunday mornings. He wants to work in conjunction with other churches to focus on the power of prayer.

“We want people from all over the world coming in and, if you want, we will pray with you,” said Pastor Williams. “We want to create a nation of spiritual warriors, teaching them a whole new way to pray that gets results.”

Pastor Williams grew up the son of a pastor but went to Germany to study medicine having never left his small corner of the world or the church. He was exposed to the techno music industry, which led him on a wild and rocky path away from God.

“I had been a pastor seven days a week. All my life had been a church environment,” said Pastor Williams. “I called my parents and told them they had lied to me and that there was no God. I didn’t speak to them again for three years. They didn’t know if I was dead or alive.”

Pastor Williams cut himself off from everyone he knew and grew to become one of the biggest techno producers in the industry. He was on the verge of becoming an international sensation. He described himself as a wild guy lost without Christ.

His life was changed three years later when he star began to wane and depression took over. He found himself contemplating suicide when someone slipped a flier under his door welcoming him to a church in Frankfort. He went and found his life once again changed, this time the message was he was given was “prayer”.

“I left the music industry and gave God all that I had,” said Pastor Williams. “I started ministering in church and called my parents that same week.”

Pastor Williams discussed how so many people are seeking what they want in psychology, material things, or a gym. His was the fame and fortune of the music industry. According to Pastor Williams, none of these things gets to the root of the problem. Prayer does.

“How to take control of your life is not about religion, it’s the Word of God in prayer,” said Pastor Williams. “I learned to pray with confidence and I see results.”

Prayer City has a service on Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. that is open to all. The first Saturday of every month there is a service that focuses on prayer. Starting in August, Prayer City will also have a 3pm Sunday prayer deliverance service, which consists of a worship service, prayer, and one-on-one prayer time where visitors may come and go throughout the service. Pastor Williams also says that anytime groups want to come and pray, they are welcome.

“If you ask me what is my greatest strength, it is hearing the voice of the word,” said Pastor Williams. “God requires complete trust and confidence in Him.”

Pastor Williams talked about the divisions we are experiencing across the globe and believes that the Bible is the surest thing in the whole universe. The Word is what connects us, and building a center where everyone can pray together is the vision for Prayer City.

“There is so much that divides us in this nation,” said Pastor Williams. “Prayer is what unites us.”

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