How many of you have some praying mothers and grandmothers out there? Like you know, that you know, that you know, they were praying because of the situations in life you knew you shouldn’t have made it out of, you did. It’s like you felt them praying in the moment or just this feeling you got afterward.
The bible says, the prayers of the righteous availeth much. Well, the prayers of a mother availeth much too! And I’m so thankful for those prayers. They weren’t lost on me. They found their way to me when I needed them the most.
Do you remember any prayers prayed over you as a child that made absolutely no sense at the time? But as you got older and started experiencing life, it was like a light bulb went off and you were like, that’s what she meant!
It’s kind of like when your parents were about to beat you as a child and they would say, this is going to hurt me more than it’s going to hurt you and you look at them sideways like, really? How is this possibly going to hurt you, I’m the one getting beat. And if it’s going to hurt you so much, we can forego this form of punishment. But they don’t. You hurt…they hurt…supposedly…we all hurt.
But it wasn’t the physical pain your mom was referring to, it was emotional. She knew that if you spare the rod, you spoil the child. She was trying to teach you that there are consequences for your actions. Of course, she didn’t want to see your feelings hurt or see you cry but she also knew the consequences that the world would give are a lot less forgiving.
What about when your mom would constantly ask if you’re in two rooms at once, you say no and her response is, well then why are all these lights on?
Or you leave a room and when you go back the light is off. This was so irritating as a child but now, now that I’m paying bills, I get it. I would read in the dark if I could.
These are only two examples, I’m sure you can think of many more. But what about those prayers, you remember any of those? Prayers that were lost upon you at the time because you had no context, but now they ring so true.
Two prayers I can remember specifically were actually prayers the pastor at the church I attended as a child would always say. I’m paraphrasing but it went a little something like this, “I thank God for giving me the activity of my limbs and being clothed in my right mind”.
I would hear this part of the prayer every Sunday and it was as common as saying, ‘Amen’ at the end of a prayer. I didn’t understand it and could remember thinking, that doesn’t make any sense. Oh but today, it makes so much sense and means so much more.
It’s not until you’ve been threatened with someday not having the activity of your limbs do you understand this prayer. I pray this prayer with so much conviction because of what it means to me…it’s personal.
When I was first diagnosed with MS I knew very little about the disease, but what I did know was the possibility of the loss of mobility one day. This was and is a tough pill to swallow so you better believe I was praying that with a sense of urgency.
And being clothed in my right mind…there are many times in which I could have starred on an episode of Snapped on Lifetime. Well, maybe not Snapped, but there have been times when I was pushed to the edge and it was only by the grace of God that I didn’t tip over.
Have you ever seen someone out of their mind? Like personally interacted with a person literally out of their mind. I have, and it’s not pretty and a bit scary. It will definitely have you thanking God for keeping you in your right mind.
Life has a way of taking you places you would have never imagined you’d be and these “lost prayers” have a way of making an appearance and creeping up right when you need them the most.
I’m thankful for the lost…and found prayers. They have brought comfort to my mind, body, and soul.
Meditate on those prayers and until next time, keep…
Loving. Living. Growing.