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‘You can’t have a prayer conference and be silent’ – Over 100 gather for worship at Freedom Church

LANSING, Ill. (September 18, 2023) – Over 100 worshipers gathered from the area and around the country on Friday night at Freedom Church Ministries in Lansing as part of a public prayer service.

The 7 p.m. prayer service came after a day of workshops and speakers as part of the Innovative Prayer Leader Conference, led by Pastor C. Terrell Wheat. Workshops continued into Saturday, and another prayer service was held Saturday night as well.

Friday night’s prayer service began with praise and worship. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

While workshops required registration, the evening prayer service was open to the public. Roughly a dozen attendees at Friday night’s service indicated they were from outside the Chicago area.

Pastor C Terrell Wheat organized the prayer conference. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

After opening with a praise and worship time, Pastor Wheat introduced Pastor John Hannah, of New Life Covenant Church Southeast, who preached on the importance and impact of intercessory prayer. The atmosphere throughout the night was one of passionate worship, and attendees were invited to shout out their praises to God, speak encouraging messages to each other, hold hands, and wander the worship space at different points throughout the night.

“You can’t have a prayer conference and be silent,” said Hannah. “[God] is attracted to sound.”

Pastor John Hannah preached on Friday night at Freedom Church. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Hannah said intercessory prayer, which refers to praying to God for someone else, requires unselfishness.

“You can’t be a selfish intercessor, because that means you’re getting between someone else and God,” he said.

A prayer service was open to the public Friday night as part of the Innovative Prayer Leader Conference. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

He used the Biblical book of Judges as an illustration throughout his sermon, and pointed out a five-point cycle in the book — sin, slavery, supplication, salvation, and silence.

Hannah urged attendees not to just pray in the hard times, but to pray in every situation.

(Photo: Josh Bootsma)

The service lasted over two hours. Click the links below for more information on ministries involved in the prayer conference:

Josh Bootsma
Josh Bootsma
Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.


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