The following was written by Bill Bernardy, a member of another church, and initiator of the Prayer Post.
It has been edited for brevity and clarity. Bill is a co-worker of Sharon Smith.
“I received the vision from Jesus. I started to think about how I could make my house a “house of prayer”. The Prayer Post came into my mind. I began to ask, ‘What is it for?’ To show [my neighbors] that I love them … I could let them know I was willing to pray for their needs. The post could be a place where they could drop off their prayer requests.
“Over the next few months, I researched what materials to use in building the post and the full design began to develop … it was to be lit at night because we have people walking in our neighborhood at all hours. It would be accessible 24/7.
“The Prayer Post was put in the ground on July 5, 2014. We had our first note the next day; it simply said “God bless you!!” What a way to start out. About thirty percent of the requests and notes of encouragement are put in during the night. I wake up at 3:00 a.m. to get up and start praying for them.
“You will find that God will give you an enormous love for your neighbors. They will come to you. In fact they will go out of their way to tell you how much they appreciate what you are doing. The secured mailbox is to let them know that you are protecting some of their deepest pains, hurts and concerns.
“Jesus wants you to love your neighbors as much as you love yourself. You will sense He is near and you are in His will. He wants a deeper relation with you. Be ready!”
The Prayer Post is growing in popularity. Some homes have planted a post near their sidewalk.
We hear that some churches are getting involved as well. Seems to be catching on.