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Tuscumbia church sees prayer move heartscomment (0)

April 20, 2006

By Erica Harms

Pastor Randy Tanner and his congregation at Westside Baptist Church, Tuscumbia, in Colbert-Lauderdale Baptist Association have seen firsthand the power of prayer.

After concluding what they coined “40 days of faithful prayer,” the church hosted a revival March 12–15, during which 10 made professions of faith — more than 10 percent of the church’s regular attendance.

“Heaven came down and glory filled our souls,” Tanner said.

The revival began on a Sunday morning with excitement and anticipation in the air but not without months of prayer beforehand.

“God laid it on my heart to have cottage prayer meetings in people’s homes starting last October,” Tanner said.

Six homes volunteered to host weekly prerevival prayer meetings, and attendance grew every week at each one. In addition to those meetings, the church members engaged in 40 days of faithful prayer, specifically praying for the revival, lost family members and the church.

“We had folks crying out for children and grandchildren to be saved, literally weeping on their behalf,” Tanner said. “God blessed us, too, because some of those folks came to have a relationship with Christ during the revival.”

Of those who made a profession of faith, six were teenagers. “It was so encouraging because youth are becoming more difficult to reach because there is so much more out there for them these days,” he said.

Nineteen-year-old Bart Lewis met Tanner at the altar that Sunday morning in tears. “I knew I was going straight to hell,” Lewis said. “I needed to know beyond a doubt that when I die, I would be going to heaven. The revival changed my life. I’d never experienced God like that before. I feel happier and more alive now.”

Tanner gives complete credit to God for what took place, noting that as his congregation was faithful to pray, God was faithful to answer.

“We’re looking for bigger and better things to happen in the near future,” Tanner said. “I really have this feeling that we’re on the edge of seeing some really big things happen — and we’re not talking weeks or years, we’re talking days.”

His prayer since the revival has been that God would do some mighty things in both his church and community that are “God-sized” so that no man can take credit for them.

“Prayer works,” Tanner said. “God is good and is working in Tuscumbia at Westside Baptist Church.”

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