Prayer Book-John Yera

Our beloved friend, Mary Grace Henry, spent the last couple of years in a Wednesday Morning prayer group lead by Pastor John Yera at our Community Baptist Church, Leesburg, Va. He still holds those prayer meetings and all are welcome. 🙏🏻

I got to know him well when MG was hospitalized and later rehab and then her Heavenly home going. A few months after her death he shared a signed copy of his newly published prayer book with me. I guess we had been watching one another closely from his heartwarming message to me.😱

Truly, I was watching him and he showed himself to be a man of integrity of character. He was faithful in his visits and being a part of prayer on a steady basis in the rehab facility touching many that were going through their own struggles. He walks boldly in his wheelchair carrying the aura of solace to the needy. His prayers are prophetic in nature as they drill into the hurt of the heart to heal and comfort.

If you would like to know more about him, his book and/or buy a book I am providing an Amazon link below.


12 thoughts on “Prayer Book-John Yera

    1. Tammy, I think of the many scriptures given to incite us to pray. One among many,
      1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)
      “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

      Is your church still in a series of prayer? It is so encouraging to know your church/pastor has the boldness to stand and proclaim faith in the power of prayer. Wasn’t it Jesus Himself that proclaimed,
      “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.'” Matthew 21:13

      1. I agree Sara, this verse in 1 Thessalonians does “incite us to pray.” I would like to share one of the footnotes for verse 17. “Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul said that believers should never stop praying. A Christian’s persistence is an expression of faith that God answers prayer. Faith shouldn’t die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God’s way of working his will. When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering–in ways that he knows are best.” The Scripture in 1 Thessalonians, footnotes, and three recent sermons, at my church are an encouragement to me. At times, I “have grown tired of praying for something or someone.” Sara, my preacher covered prayer recently 3 Sundays in a row: 4/9/18, “A House of Prayer”, 4/15/18, “Unanswered Prayer”, and 4/22/18, “Confidence In Prayer”. I invite anyone to the church website to listen to these sermons also. (
        Yes, Sara, it was Jesus Himself that proclaimed, “It is written,” “My house will be called a house of prayer, but you are making it a den of robbers.”

      2. Thanks Tammy for the info to your church’s website to hear very informative and inspirating sermons on prayer.

        We received a prayer request today where a family lost their son to an unexpected death. They are devastated. Christians. His grandfather deacon in church and grandmother volunteering in all areas. Praying people. And, yet we stand with them tonight in sorrow and pain and wonder why Lord?

        Then another church member called with sorrow saying his niece in her 20’s slipped away this week from an overdose.

        We are reading stories in the news of drugs taking family members and hearing in our local church stories of same. It seems prayers feel so weak when you stand looking at hurt in the faces of suffering loved ones.

        Yes, we must release our faith to continue to pray knowing things are in God’s Hands.

  1. Thank you, Sara.

    I’ll be back soon. (I’m finally feeling the urgency that I asked MG to pray for me for – time to return to the piano and practice. Well, that urgency is real because my hands ache, especially my left hand. I’ve been doing lots of raking and sweeping and getting those things that I can manage ready for our pool program. I’m thinking this all started last summer when I was brushing the pool twice or more daily because of algae that had begun to form before the program was over in August. If I didn’t get it, we wouldn’t have been ok’d to swim.

    But this time, I’m going to the MD to see exactly what I have and if anything can retard the advance that I think I’m experiencing. I have two crooked index fingers, which is enough.

    So, I’ll tune in again, later….

    1. Phil, we will pray for you to find the right course of action to “retard the advance.”

      MG was having difficulty with her fingers. Her index finger bent like second joint which was causing her issues when playing the piano.

      I know there will be many happy kids this summer when your swim program/camp opens for fun. 🏊🏻‍♂️🏊🏿‍♀️Seemly, it’s been a long cold winter for many and joints yell trying to thaw…

      We always love hearing from you. Be Blessed🎼

  2. Sara, it is great to read your account of Pastor John and his work as well as his writing account of you and your work. MG was really blessed to have such support. I pray Pastor John’s book impacts many as reflected in his hope and prayer that is expressed on the book cover shared above.

    1. I agree in pray with you Debi for many to continue to pray, return to prayer and as Pastor John said to enjoy the “privilege of prayer.” I was thinking Pastor John also has a “Jail ministry” among others that is a prayer priority for churches and communities alike. . Surely, a great host of prayer is needful as he fulfills the ministry God has called him to as well as the family of believers in Christ that holds great Hope that God will answer our prayers.

  3. Sara I’m excited to read the book reference here in your blog. Covering your day in much prayer brings fruit to your day even though some seeds seem to take a long time before ground is broken in their lives. Thank goodness for all those in Pastor Yera’s Garden. I pray the Lord God will produce much fruit for the Lord adding many more garden plots for Jesus!!

    1. My day, your day, our day! Psalm 24:1 NIV says, it best, “Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” We are all grounded in His earth. Just think, “we are all being transformed from Glory to Glory?”

  4. Thank you Tammy for sharing your encouraging footnotes for 1 Thessalonians above as well the info for sermons on prayer from your church.
    I would also like to agree in prayer along with Tammy for the hurting families that lost loved ones that Sara shared about above.

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