Prayer works! Not once but twice a robber and a rapist was thwarted by prayer. As a deranged criminal was on the hunt, the only people spared are the ones who went to God in prayer.
Charlie Christopher Bates sexually assaulted four women, shot a man and tied up four other men in a frenzy of sin that lasted 14 hours in South Florida near Florida State University.
A month prior Bates had entered a home demanding jewelry, cell phone and money from a woman in the same area. Bates told the woman he was going to rape her and then kill her. The victim started to pray. Bates ran away.
“Bates was also the suspect in a home invasion robbery that took place on Tuesday. He entered a house at 15th Street and East Comanche Avenue through an unlocked back door, police said. A couple were asleep in the room; Bates struck the man with a pistol and raped the man’s girlfriend,” reports the Tampa Tribune.
Prayer Saves Another Woman
Prior to sexually assaulting the four women Charlie Christopher Bates had forced a woman to undress and kiss him while Bates had her at gunpoint. He said he was going to rape her and that’s when the woman began to pray. The woman told police that Bates’ demeanor changed and that’s when he handed her shirt back so she could cover up. The woman and Bates then prayed together. As Bates was exiting the apartment she tore a page out of the Bible and handed it to him.
Bates “was fatally wounded by police after a high-speed chase along U.S. 301 near Sligh Avenue. The fatal shots were fired about four miles south of the area near the University of South Florida where he sexually assaulted four other women, tied up four men, shot at another man and threatened a large group of partygoers during a 14-hour rampage in northeast Hillsborough County, authorities said,” reports the Tampa Tribune
“True prayer is an approach of the soul by the Spirit of God to the throne of God. It is not the utterance of words, it is not alone the feeling of desires, but it is the advance of the desires to God, the spiritual approach of our nature towards the Lord our God. True prayer is not a mere mental exercise, nor a vocal performance, but it is deeper far than that—it is spiritual commerce with the Creator of heaven and earth. God is a Spirit unseen of mortal eye, and only to be perceived by the inner man; our spirit within us, begotten by the Holy Ghost at our regeneration, discerns the Great Spirit, communes with him, prefers to him its requests, and receives from him answers of peace. It is a spiritual business from beginning to end; and its aim and object end not with man, but reach to God himself.”