Friday, September 13, 2013

The Legacy of Prayer


Prayer…A Legacy Passed On


The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.          2 Corinthians 10:4


I grew up in an atmosphere of prayer. From the time I was born, there were people praying for me. I know of two of them, for sure. My Godmother has always been earnest and consistent in her prayers for me…and my Grandmother, well she prayed day and night. I and all my siblings and our parents were absolutely at the top of her prayer list.

As a family, we weren’t particularly prayerful. We usually said a quick blessing over our food…and we went to church regularly. But we didn’t share our prayer requests or concerns, we didn’t praise God together, we didn’t have prayer gatherings.

However, during seven critical years of my life, from age seven to 14, my grandmother lived with us. She was gnarled with painful arthritis, nearly blinded by macular degeneration, unable to walk without the assistance of her trusty cane…

This frail, bent over woman was a mighty prayer warrior!

She sat in our sun parlor in a huge wooden chair with black and white buffalo plaid cushions…and she prayed. That was her work, day in and day out.

When I think of my grandmother, two particular images come to mind

Grandma is sitting in her chair and a huge line of people, young and old, wait patiently for a chance to place their deepest heaviest prayer burdens in Grandma’s hands. She tells them she will pray for them and they know she will. They leave hopeful, lighter, assured that this intercessor is plugged into The Source.

Another image is Grandma sitting peaceful, meditative, steady in the midst of a swirling storm. While so much chaos surrounds her, she is calm in the midst of the wild winds of life that threaten to overcome. Her anchor is Jesus.

This is my prayer legacy. This set my foundation.

As a result, I prayed often. Quiet prayers in my bed at night, scrawled out prayers in my journal, especially during turmoil. Even loud pleas of Why God Why from time to time.

And so when I grew up, became an adult…when more trouble, more pain came than I could possibly handle alone, I did what I had learned to do. I prayed. And God has answered my prayers, not always the way I want, but He always answers. He answers with inexplicable peace. He answers with His presence. He answers with comfort that I can’t find anywhere else. And sometimes He answers with a miracle--of healing, by orchestrating a circumstance beyond my doing, or by whispering in my ear, “This is the way…walk.”

In my home, there has been an atmosphere of prayer. I have prayed for my children and their schools in a Moms In Prayer group for 21 years. I too have my prayer chair. I too am a prayer warrior…

One of my most fervent prayers is that I have passed this legacy on to my four daughters.

Today, at Circles of Faith, we’re talking about prayer. And we’ve started a Circles Of Faith Prayer page on Facebook. Click here to continue reading


Let's Chat! Please leave a comment

11 comments:

  1. Great post - yuor grandmother taught us all a lesson on how to leave a legacy for our children.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Beautiful Elise! I did not grow up in a home of prayer but I love how it's never too late to create this environment within your own. It's my favorite time of the day when we come together before a meal and pray together. It truly is a beautiful thing. I'm considering joining our Tuesday night prayer group at church as I know the best way for me to feel more comfortable with praying out loud with others it to simply do it more. I tried clicking on the FB link but it doesn't appear to be working. In the meantime I'm enjoying what all the Circles of Faith contributors are sharing. Many blessings.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HI Beth! it's just so awesome that you are beginning the legacy of prayer in your family. Yes, join your prayer group...I'm sure you won't be disappointed. And just as you are a valued member of my community here and at Circles, you will be a blessing to that group. I'm not sure what's going on with the Facebook page...you're not the only one having trouble accessing, I can add you to the group if you like. Just let me know. Blessings friend!!

      Delete
    2. I'd love to be added Elise. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Sunday.

      Delete
    3. I'd love to be added Elise. Thank you. Wishing you a blessed Sunday.

      Delete
  3. It's so wonderful to have a person in your life who prayed and set that example for you. Thanks for tell us about her. It's so great that you can be that for your children and your grandchildren too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I often wonder if Grandma had a praying mother. Where did the legacy start. I hope I find out one day...might have to wait till heaven. I am excited to pray for my granddaughter...I'll start now!!

      Delete
  4. Hi There! So happy to have found your blog today! What a beautiful and effective example your Grandma was for you. I wonder if she ever knew how inspiring her life was for you, and for all who prayed for her?

    How blessed your family is too, to benefit from that legacy.
    I'd love hear more from you, I'm your newest follower :) I hope you'll visit me sometime!
    Ceil

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks so much for stopping by Ceil! I have been blessed by this prayer legacy. Thanks for the follow...heading over to your place now. Blessings!

      Delete
  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    ReplyDelete

Let's Chat! Please leave a comment

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...