Prayer becomes more meaningful as we counsel with the Lord in all of our doings, as we express heartfelt gratitude, and as we pray for others.
(David A. Bednar)
Do you have a special prayer warrior in your church? One of those people you better not ask to pray for something you want unless you’re really sure you want the prayer answered because it will be. We have a prayer warrior like that in our little country church. Loretta is an example of faithfulness and love.
We went to her house tonight to help her celebrate her 99th birthday that is coming up next week. At her age, you can celebrate every day for a month if you want to. Loretta told us she has been a member of our church for seventy-five years. She gave her life to Christ as a young teen before she married at age sixteen. She and her husband, who died several years ago at age 96, moved their membership to our church when they bought a farm in the neighborhood. She said they used to go all around the area and gather up children to bring to Bible School. Recently, she had been going through some of her things and found the worker certificates she received for working in Bible School in 1957 and 1960. She’d kept them all these years and had them to show us tonight.
Another thing she has kept all these years is her devotion to the Lord. Every day she reads His word. Every day she prays for her family and friends and for her church. Every day she thanks the Lord for His blessings. Even on the hard days.
This week is a good time to visit Loretta. To rejoice with her in a life well lived. She is the mother of five, the grandmother of many and yet she makes time to pray for the others in her church family. A true prayer warrior.
As you read or listen to God’s Word and spend time talking to Him in prayer, your spirit will eventually become stronger than your flesh. (Joyce Meyer)
That’s where Loretta is now. Strong of spirit and not as strong of body anymore. But she’s still remembering that the “knee” is an important part of the church family when it’s bent in prayer. Proverbs 31 could be written about Loretta. Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her in the gates. (Proverbs 31:31)
I have been so blessed by Loretta’s prayers for me. Do you know someone like Loretta?