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Prayer – Here We Go Again

The Childress Family
The Childress Family

James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

I remember as a little girl making certain requests to my daddy to be answered with the word “yes.” However, not all of my requests were answered to my liking, but they were all answered in some way. I don’t know why some were answered “no” and some “yes”, but my daddy knew and as a grown woman now, I have to know that my daddy always knew what was best for me.

Prayer is asking our Father for something out of our reach and impossible for us to accomplish. We were there when our son was diagnosed with cancer and our cries to God were that he would be healed. God did not leave him with us but took him home to Heaven. Why? I don’t know yet. I, and many others, have prayed for the healing of friends and loved ones-some are still here, some went on to be with Him. Why” I don’t know yet.

I do know that too many of us (God’s children) don’t talk (pray) with Him enough. We have a weak prayer life, so when an emergency comes into our lives and nothing but a miracle will do, we don’t know how to approach the throne of God. We need more than a table grace or a “Now I lay me down to sleep” kind of prayer. We need to lay hold of the horns of the altar. We need a fervent (hot) prayer. We need to come boldly to the throne of grace. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the only prayers heard by God are the loud, screaming, demanding ones. I have prayed many times with no strength left in me to ask God for anything. In those times, I just lay in His presence and would meditate in my heart and soul unto Him. In total quietness, He has heard my request. It is not how eloquent we are with our tongue, but it is how sincere we are from our heart and soul.

As His child, we need to talk to our Father daily. Set a time when you will be free from disturbance, which is not an easy task. Early morning is best for most, because we are more refreshed and the family is usually still in bed. For some it might be later in the evening. The time doesn’t matter. The important thing is to pray.

Our world, our community and our homes are in chaos and God says for His people to pray. I believe prayer is the right prescription for every situation because God says it is in His Word. If Jesus, the Son of God, prayed, I know we need to do the same. His Word says, “Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face, we shall know even as we are known.”

Our pastor and some others in our church are gravely ill at this time and I am sure you have a similar situation you may be dealing with at this time. Our families and our home, our country, and even our world are all in chaos.

Won’t you join our family and others we know in praying to our Father and ask for His intervention in these situations. Remember, He may say “yes” and He may say “no” but at least we have asked and He says “You have not because you ask not.” There will be answer. It may or may not be the one you like, but you won’t know if you don’t ask. So, go ask!

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Ken and Marlene Childress began singing with their children, Teresa, Carla and Shannon, almost 40 years ago. Ken had been singing with a quartet called The Golden Keys. But when he and Marlene discovered that their children were blessed with the ability to sing harmony and play instruments at a young age, they decided to form The Childress Family. Teresa played the piano and a short time later, Carla picked up the bass guitar and began to play. Their son, Shannon, was a high tenor singer until about age 13, when his voice went to the other end of the spectrum and he sang low bass. Marlene has been blessed with the ability to write some wonderful songs that have been recorded by numerous artists in the gospel music industry.