What if you could get a good lunch and a powerful prayer too...thrown in for free? That's what one customer got at a Madison, Alabama Chick-fil-A this week. It was caught on camera by a photographer mom, Brittany Calden, while she was playing and eating with her young daughter.
"It really caught me off guard," Calden told Fox News. "I have never seen someone ask to pray for someone else in a public setting before. It was authentic and moving to witness and I was drawn to tears by the action."
Stephen Spray, a long-time employee affectionately known to customers as "Mr. Steve," stopped while cleaning the tables to pray for a customer he didn't know because the "spirit led him to pray for her."
But Spray confessed to Calden that it wasn't out of the ordinary for him. “That’s not unusual,” he said. “I work at a place where if I’m led to pray for someone, I’m able to do that and I’ll do it right on the spot. People need prayer, encouragement, and love. That’s what we try to do here.”
Calden went on to sing the praises of her local Chick-fil-A. “As soon as we enter we are greeted by our names, it’s seriously unreal,” Calden said. “They hold my baby when my hands are full and go out of their way to make us feel good. The other day we were leaving and an employee ran for the door to hug my daughter before she could leave. They don’t do what they do for recognition. These employees have hearts that are led by Jesus and its evident every time we enter their restaurant.”
The Christian fast-food chain has often been in the news for standing for their morals, like staying closed on Sunday or believing in biblical marriage. This generally gets them painted as bigoted or hateful. But stories like this one show that the opposite is true. What other restaurant do you get prayer in?
We hope "Mr. Steve" knows what a blessing he is and that God blesses him! Do you agree?