Please pray for Denzel – he can get people to look at Jesus. He says he is on this planet to serve GOD. Wow.
This is awesome.
In an interview with Bishop T.D. Jakes on his daytime talk show last week, Washington explained why, at this point in his career, he’s focusing on serving others.
“I’m in the service business now, I’m fine. I’ve done well,” Washington said on the “TD Jakes Show.” “I don’t need any watches and all of that. So I’m here to serve God, here to serve my family.”
Jakes expressed excitement that Washington knew who he was and had watched his sermons online from The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, Texas.
“One of your sermons you talked about was the enemy is the inner me. And I’ve kept that,” Washington told Jakes, citing an example of how he has been impacted by the senior pastor.
The actor is the son of a former pastor of the Church of God in Christ. Last year, he spoke at the annual COGIC “We Care” Charity Banquet in St. Louis, Missouri, about honoring God with gratitude.
“Give thanks for blessings every day. Every day. Embrace gratitude. Encourage others. It is impossible to be grateful and hateful at the same time,” the member of the West Angeles Church of God in Christ said in his speech before praying for others to have a similar spirit of gratitude.
“I pray that you put your slippers way under your bed at night, so that when you wake in the morning you have to start on your knees to find them. And while you’re down there, say ‘thank you.'”
At the event, Washington went on to reveal that God has been at the center of his life, even when the actor was not faithful.
“There’s never been a time where God didn’t direct, protect, and correct me,” he said. “There may have been times where I was less than faithful to him, but he had faith in me.”
In a previous interviw with GQ magazine, Washington spoke about experiencing the Holy Spirit in a life changing event.
“That was 30 years ago, at the church I still attend. The minister was preaching, ‘Just let it go,'” Washington recalled in the 2012 interview. “I said, ‘I’m going to go with it.’ And I had this tremendous physical and spiritual experience.”
Speaking about his role in the remake of the 1983 play by American playwright August Wilson during a press conference call, Washington explained that “Fences” was filmed in the same Pittsburgh neighborhood where Wilson was from, and he became well acquainted with those living in the neighborhood who watched the filming from their homes.
Some residents cooked meals for the cast members and one man gave Washington a cup of coffee every morning. Others pulled out their lawn chairs and would just sit and watch the scenes while they were in production.
Washington, however, singled out two women in particular who really touched his heart.
“A woman on the corner, she was watching me. She made her house a quiet place of prayer for me, and I’d go in there when things were getting overwhelming and just take a breath. Sometimes I’d just have a prayer with her,” Washington said.
That particular home wasn’t the only place where he was able to find sanctuary. Washington mentioned another woman who told him that she and her family had been covering him in prayer for years.
“There was one woman in particular. Even before we started shooting I met her and I came and said, ‘Oh thank you for coming out.’ She said, ‘We’ve been watching you for a long time.’ I said ‘Well, pray for me.’ [And then] she said, ‘Denzel, I’ve been praying for you for 35 years, my family and I,” he said. “We’ve been watching, we know how hard it is.”
Washington said he recalled his mother saying those same words to him.
“You just never know who’s praying for you,” he said. “I needed all of those prayers and I needed all of that support. We all needed it. The people were just wonderful!”
As a way to say thank you, Washington hosted a screening in Pittsburgh for everyone in the neighborhood who made them feel welcomed.
Fences is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name, and is the story of a father struggling with race relations and his life circumstances in the 1950s.
The film version of “Fences” was in the making for years and is arguably some of Washington’s best work. Along with Washington, it stars Viola Davis, Stephen Henderson and Mykelti Williamson. Washington, Davis, Williamson and Henderson all reprise their roles from the Broadway version of the play performed in 2010.
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