Free Prayer in a Coffee Shop


Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”  (Matthew 9:37)

Pastor Thomas Rusert

Pastor Thomas Rusert

Every Thursday morning Pastor Thomas Rusert sits with a cup of coffee at local shop in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Next to him a little sign reads, “Free Prayer”. And he waits to see whom God will send his way.

At first there was hesitation. “I went in with fear and trembling,” he remembers. “I put the sign up, put my nose into a book — I was afraid to make eye contact.” Eventually, the Lord sent many “customers” to his table — strangers looking for a place to cast their cares.

One person had a nephew with an ailment. Another with schizophrenia who claimed to see witches.

A man in town for legal business put his papers on the table and just walked outside, Pastor Rusert following. “I heard all the unuttered prayers and pains he had held inside for two years:” divorce, legal problems, drug overdoses, and death.

Now, people stop to pray with him every time.

Sometimes, we have to move beyond the steeple to care for our people. And in so doing, we may just find that God takes care of us, too.

Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest. (Matthew 9:38)

Remember what Martin Luther said, “Pray, and let God worry.”

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