By Debbie Shelley

By The Catholic Commentator 

Intercessory prayer is the most powerful way of praying for others because God responds and infuses light and healing in their lives and our own, said Catholic missionary Kevin McCall. 

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Kevin McCall

 

McCall talked about life-changing experiences as his prayer life evolved during a March 11 meeting of Our Lady’s Fighting Tigers at Christ the King Church and Catholic Center in Baton Rouge.

McCall grew up in a Baptist home in a “two traffic-light town” nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina. He “had given his life to Jesus,” and after still being repeatedly told to do so, he thought, “Okay, now what?”

“I thought, ‘I am a Christian; I want to own this for myself,’ ” said McCall.

He prayed with a heart to know God, starting with revisiting the “Now I lay Me Down To Sleep” childhood prayer.  

“I (also) thought, ‘I am Christian maybe I should read the Bible,’ ” McCall wryly said.

Starting with the Book of Genesis and the Gospel of St. Matthew, McCall read the Old and New Testaments simultaneously. He quickly read through several translations of the Bible.

Eventually McCall learned about praying in the Spirit, intercessory prayer and spiritual warfare. 

The audience listened with rapt attention as McCall talked about the time the Holy Spirit brought to his mind a German industrial rock band, one that allegedly influenced Eric Harris, then 18, and Dylan Klebold, 17, who launched the deadly assault at Columbine High School in 1999. McCall prayed for the conversion of the band members, and several months later the Holy Spirit alerted him the band was performing a concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. He said he was directed to attend the event and to pray for the people there. 

On a leap of faith and little money for the 200-mile trip, McCall asked his prayer group network to pray for him because he was “going into the pit of hell.” He prayed with tears during the frenzied event.  A week after he returned a person on his prayer network said the boyfriend of her friend’s sister had returned from the concert and confessed that he had belonged to a satanic cult and wanted to give his life to Jesus. 

McCall thought, “Thank you God if it was only one person.” 

But when he told the story a year later a person told him during that same time period as the concert, a drug dog was taken into McCall’s high school for the first time to sniff out drugs. The dog stopped in front of a locker and a gun was in it. The boy who brought the gun was counseled, and he and many students from that high school converted. 

Intercessory prayer also led McCall to the Catholic faith. The Holy Spirit directed him to pray the rosary and to pray for Catholics. Praying for Catholics was “no problem” for McCall, since he grew up with the viewpoint that Catholics are Christian, but “barely.”  

He said the Holy Spirit surprised him by telling him to become Catholic. As McCall researched the Catholic faith he discovered the Scriptures support Catholic Church teachings, including Mary as the true queen of heaven. He joined the Catholic Church in 2012.   

McCall walked away from a successful hair salon business and now serves as a domestic missionary, leading church missions, retreats and spiritual direction. 

In his work, McCall teaches about the importance of intercessory prayers. 

In looking at the atmosphere of fear connected with the coronavirus pandemic, McCall said this is a time to rally for the mercy of Christ and raise up the Catholic faith. 

“Each generation is faced with challenges,” said McCall. “This is a time to shine and bring Christ to the world.” 

He said fear is an acronym for “false evidence appearing real” that comes from an overload of information that may not be accurate and is something that should be dispelled. He encouraged people to take a faith-based stance instead. 

“The word of Christ is more contagious than the virus,” McCall said. 

For more information about McCall’s ministry, visit becomingbarnabas.org.