It is not uncommon for people to rely on prayer in times of crisis or danger. In the case of Pastor Marquaello Futrell, it appears that his faith and prayer played a role in protecting his church from a potential robbery.
According to KSDK, on Sunday, Feb. 12, a group of four masked men carrying two bags entered All Creation Family Church in Ferguson, Mo. Futrell, a former St. Louis police officer, saw their waistbands and knew something was not right. A member of his church also saw one of the men drop a gun. In an effort to keep the congregation calm, Futrell continued with his sermon.
In a video that was captured on Facebook Live, Futrell is heard saying, "(You) saw the church and decided to come? Talk to me… I've still got a cop anointing and I still know what's going on and what's about to happen. God's about to change the enemy… Lift your voice and shout unto God!"
Futrell and other members of the church laid hands on the masked men, praying over them. The men eventually exited the church, harming no one.
“I believe they felt the power of God lifted in their hands, then they left," Futrell told KSDK. “The Bible speaks of watch and pray, so while we’re being spiritual, I’m also watching around, trying to protect the congregants.”
On Feb. 13, Futrell posted on Facebook, “Very interesting weekend. I believe I must be doing something right! Next step… security plan for our church/churches!”
While the faces of the men were not visible on Facebook Live, they were seen driving away in Black Dodge Charger with tinted windows. Police are currently searching for the suspects.