On the early evening of September 16, 2009, my 18 year old son was brutally stabbed and beaten. There is no medical reason that he should have lived. He lost 3.5 pints of blood, is an asthmatic that almost drowned in his own blood. Prayer and God are the only reason he lived. I was just hitting the end button on a phone call with my prayer partner Robin O’Herin; we had just prayed for the covering of the safety our children. Seconds later, I found my son in the door way, in a puddle of Blood and unrecognizable. He had been slashed across his face. It has left a 10 inch scar. He was caught in a cross war of drugs between the Police and the Bloods in Great Barrington.
My name is Christa Jan Ryan and I hold all my faith that God answers prayer. I hold Victory over breaking a 35 year addiction cycle of drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality, food, money and any other addiction that’s out there. I should have been moved from the birthing room right into the recovery room. How did I do it? Prayer. I’m the author of 2 Books: From the Depths of a Woman’s Soul, about the death of my daughter and Silent Screams From the Hamptons about the victory over self-medication, men, and money. I’m not a writer, how did I get published? Prayer. I believe that my most painful crucifixions become my most powerful resurrections. The last bit of Prayer work I did before I left the Hamptons on Long Island was to pray with some prayer warriors over ending the drug, prostitution, and handgun ring that plagued the Shinnecock Reservation. 50 Armed National Guard Helicopters arrived and pulled off the most successful bust of the area. Prayer.
Living up here for only a year, barely long enough to let the dust settle, I have come head to head with the enemy that has surrounded the Berkshires with Heroin, Prostitution, and Corruption of the Political Powers that have allowed this reign for way too long. Together I believe we can bring down the enemy; won’t you pray with me:
The Prayer for National Prayer Day
Father God I come before you as a servant who wants to serve you and help Glorify you in the Victory over Berkshire County and its strongholds. You the mighty one, can take down the enemy that plagues this region; that has stolen our youth, destroyed families and torn apart our communities. I will stand on the promises that you have given us in Isaiah 60 and Psalms 144.
Your Word says; That Blessed is the Lord who is my strength, who teaches my hands and fingers to fight for the battle of the Kingdom. My goodness, and my fortress, my higher tower, my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I trust. Bow thy heavens, O Lord and come down: touch the mountains so they shall smoke. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out arrows and destroy the enemy. Send thy hand from above: rid me and deliver us out of great waters, from the hand of the evil one that has possessed our children, so that our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the servitude of the kingdom. Violence shall no more be heard in the land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call for the walls of salvation and to enter the gates of Praise.
You have promised that you shall build the old waste places; and thou shalt rise up the foundations of many generations and you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of paths to dwell in.
Thy people shall be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever and be the branch of your planting, the work of your hands that you may be glorified.
We ask for all of these things in the name and Blood of your Son Jesus Christ. Amen