Essays on Faith: Prayer changes things

Does anyone remember a southern gospel song by the Goodman’s called “Somebody Prayed for Me?”

“Somebody prayed for me. They had me on their mind,

They sacrificed their time, they got down on their knees and prayed for me.”

My mom and my sister surely paved the road I walked with their prayers. Momma said many nights when she turned out the lights at the end of the day she’d look in my sister’s bedroom and find her asleep on her knees. Sis gave her heart to Jesus as a teenager and began the habit of talking to Him every night before she climbed into bed. Throughout her life she became known as a prayer warrior. When other church denominations would come knocking on her door, she didn’t run and hide, instead she would invite them in and have a prayer meeting.

I have a friend who credits his Pentecostal grandmother and her prayers for his very early childhood memories of Jesus and his salvation later in life. She would gather the grandchildren around her bed, laying hands on each one, and call out their names to her Heavenly Father.

I’m convinced that the victory claimed by many armies and six star generals should instead go to the little old praying grandmothers and grandfathers of those soldiers.

There were two elderly sisters that prayed down a revival in Scotland in 1949. Their ages were 82 and 84; one was blind and the other had crippling arthritis. Being housebound didn’t stop them from calling out to God; they believed in prayer and they believed God heard their prayers. The outpouring of God’s Spirit that came upon their community in the Hebrides islands was miraculous. People were kneeling and repenting in the streets.

Wouldn’t that be a welcome change from the riots and shootings in our streets today? He’s the same God! And the Bible says He has no favorites, nor does it matter where you’re from (Acts 10:34). Nothing would please Him more than to see this happen in America.

Many people say that could never happen in this country because there aren’t enough of God’s people left to make a difference and nobody cares. Elijah said the same thing in 1 Kings 19. He even thought he was the only Godly person left. Boy was he surprised when God told him there were 7,000 more upstanding holy men out there.

God always has His people. But all of His people don’t always pray. Let’s unite and call upon Him. We should not worry or fret about what to say in our prayers. Romans 8:26 says God can interpret even our sighs and groans. He just wants to hear from you. Start up a conversation with Him today. You’ll be surprised how easy it will be.

Theda Workman lives in Tornado.

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Funerals for Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Ball, Sherman - 2 p.m., Spencer Chapel United Methodist Church.

Clay, Karen - Noon, Koontz Funeral Home, Hamlin.

Clonch, Daniel - 1 p.m., O'Dell Funeral Home, Montgomery.

Harvey, Joseph - 11 a.m., Donel C. Kinnard State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar.

McClung, L. Bruce - Noon, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Charleston.

Mills, Ambra - 1 p.m., Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet.

Pitsenbarger, Cindy - 7 p.m., Solid Rock Worship Center, Oak Hill.

Sowards, Teresa - 1 p.m., Keller Funeral Home, Dunbar.

Stilwell, Jason - 3 p.m., Strange Creek Cemetery, Strange Creek.

Vacheresse, Robert - 12:30 p.m., procession to leave Barlow Bonsall Funeral Home, Charleston.

Vaughan, Darlene - 10 a.m., Cross Lanes Baptist Church, Cross Lanes.