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Pastor embarks on bold battle against crime: locks himself in prayer room

Bishop Dwight Pate, a Christian pastor of Church Point Ministries, has been deeply saddened by the chaos and violence in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is determined to lead a significant prayer effort to bring healing to his community. As crime rates have surged amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he believes that now, more than ever, it is essential to seek divine help. For the last three months, Bishop Pate has taken refuge in a prayer room, which was originally a car dealership he acquired in 1981. Over time, he transformed it into a sacred space devoted to prayer. In 1994, during a previous period of challenges related to drugs and crime, he secluded himself in this prayer room, emphasizing his deep belief in the power of prayer to bring about positive change.

Faithwire reports:

A Christian pastor grieved by the violence and chaos in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is in the midst of a major prayer effort he believes can help heal his community.

Bishop Dwight Pate, 68, of Church Point Ministries is known for turning to God to help heal social ills. And with crime rising since COVID-19, he is again seeking the Lord for a miracle.

“It’s impossible for someone to really be sincere about seeking God but not drawing other men and women to pray,” Pate recently told WAFB-TV.

And prayer is the tool he’s turning to amid cultural chaos.

For the past three months, Pate has been inside a prayer room, a former car dealership he bought in 1981. He later built it into a prayer space, locking himself inside in 1994 during another difficult season of drugs and crime, WAFB-TV reported.

The preacher told the outlet he believes crime and other issues can only be solved through faith.

He spent nearly eight months inside the prayer room in the 1990s. Again, he opened the room in 2000 and 2014 — and, once more, he’s been locked away since May offering intense invocations

“The only place it can be solved is in the church,” Pate said. “And the teaching and the loving of God’s people.”

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