When the first of June rolls around every year, I usually have two thoughts that run through my head — Christmas is only six months away, and Grandma Sarah’s birthday is just a few days away.
I’ll spare you my Christmas thoughts, as we all are enjoying the 80-degree weather, and instead share my thoughts about Grandma Sarah.
I read something the other day about being thankful for our praying grandmas, and it posed the question, “How many of us probably wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for a praying grandmother?”
I know it was because of the fervent prayers of Grandma Sarah that I am where I am today. While I know Jesus is the actual reason, I also know that all those prayers that she spoke to Jesus were from the bottom of her heart. I know, without a shadow of doubt, Jesus honored her prayerful heart that I would become a Christian and serve Jesus for the rest of my days.
Come to think of it, I wonder how many of those prayers got me through algebra.
I’ve come to realize that not everyone in this world has a praying grandmother. Maybe it was your mother, or aunt, or father, or someone in your family that stood in the gap for you and prayed for your life. And, yet, there are still some who don’t have anyone to pray for them, like my grandmother did for me. The very thought of that last sentence makes me really sad.
So what can we do it about it? We, you and I, can stand in the gap for people.
Here are some great Scriptures to help guide us in prayerful attitude for those of people in our lives that need someone praying for them.
In Philippians we read this: “I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
“It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God. (Phil. 1:3-11)
One of the best things my praying grandmother taught me was this: when someone is brought to your mind, for no reason at all, you should pray for them, right then and there. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve woken up in the middle of the night with someone on my mind, only to find out the next day, they were in desperate need of help, or hurt, or going through some awful things.
Of all the things Grandma Sarah taught me, prayer was one of the most important, and the example of her own prayer life is why I love the Lord so much today.
Prayer changes things. It changes lives and it can help move mountains, because it involves having faith. Faith in an all-forgiving God, that He hears you and He loves you.
Now, go out and be someone praying grandmother. My praying grandma will celebrate her 84th birthday with Jesus on June 12. Happy birthday, Grandma Sarah!
Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.