Very few songs have a profound impact on me, but when one does, that impact lingers on for years. Back in the early 1990's I was going through a difficult stretch in my life. Those whom I had counted as friends had vanished and it would be a year before a new batch appeared.
I severely injured my knee in the spring of 1992 and had to have it operated on in June. The simple few weeks rehabilitation turned into months of pain and suffering. Despite being a Workers Compensation claim, I was released from my job due to my inability to get better. I was in pain constantly, worried because I couldn't work and very alone.
Near Christmas of that year an old and beloved friend whom I had not seen for years sent me a CD as a Christmas present. He wanted me to specifically have it so I could listen to one song over and over. It took me a few days to listen since at the time I was not a huge fan of Ricky's musical style. But, then I heard the song and immediately was melted by the words and the knowledge that the person who had sent me the CD was doing what the song spoke of.
On the CD "My Father's Son", there is the song "Somebody's Prayin", which is the song which had such a profound influence on me. To this day, I have all the words to this amazing song in a frame hanging on the wall for me to look at and be reminded of daily. As it gets closer to my February 11th heart procedure, I have found myself thinking of and singing to myself more and more this song.
Here is the part of the song which so moved me more than 16 years ago and still provides for me great comfort and encouragement:
"Well, I've walked through barren wilderness
When my pillow was a stone
And I've been through the darkest caverns
Where no light had ever shown.
Still I went on 'cause there was someone
Who was down on their knees
And Lord. I thank you for those people
Prayin' all this time for me.
Somebody's prayin', I can feel it
Somebody's prayin' for me
Mighty hands are guiding me
To protect me from what I can't see
Lord I believe, Lord I believe
Somebody's prayin' for me..."
When I first heard the words about walking through barren wilderness and darkest caverns, my heart melted. I know all about such things. I know all about what it means to be all alone in the darkest and most barren places on earth. I also know that the only way I made through those times was because "somebody was prayin" for me.
Many times I think we fail to realize how important our prayers for others really are. When we lift someone up to the Father and ask for His care in their lives, it is as if those prayers provide the means for angels to watch over and guide those in need. Ever have someone just pop into your head you hadn't thought of for years? I bet you that person is in great need and it was the Holy Spirit nudging you to do some praying for him/her.
Romans chapter 8 speaks of perfect intercession and praying for things and people we don't even know. It does not matter if we know the details or even the name of the person in need. What is important is to continue instant in prayer for those God places on our heart to provide "prayer cover" for. I honestly believe such cover works, for I have lived through it.
Thank you for all the prayer cover so many of you have been providing for me recently. Thank you for the ample prayer cover I know so many of you will be offering for me next Wednesday. Unlike 11 years ago when I had to deal with similar circumstances from the barren wilderness and within the dark caverns of solitude; now I have the loving support and diligent prayers of many righteous children of God working on my behalf. I am fully assured the outcome will be much different next week than it was in 1998.
Thank you for "prayin" and continuing to pray for God's provision and protection. Thank you for helping me stay in the right frame of mind and resting in the peace that all will be well. Thank you for being my spiritual family in this time of need. For all these things I remain eternally grateful and humbly thankful that God would so love me as to bless me with so many incredible prayer warriors and true saints of God. Thank You.
What beautiful words! It is amazing how God speaks to us through music, especially during times such as what you're experiencing. I have many such "life songs". I clung to "How Can I Keep From Singing" during chemo as well as "Mighty To Save" but there are so many others as well
It has not been uncommon for me to pray for God to reach out to some unknown person who could use my prayers at a particular moment. People also need to remember prayer certainly does not have to be on your knees. Probably some of my best "prayer times" have been when I'm "power-driving" somewhere. Anytime and anywhere, we need to be praying. We just need to do it!
Last winter, spring and summer there would be times I would suddenly feel incredible surges of strength come from out of nowhere. I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt I was being prayed for and in my darkest moments, it really did seem as if I could almost hear them. One of the things I anticipate in heaven is perhaps having the curtain swept away and me seeing these people and embracing them with great joy and thanksgiving because they cared enough to pray...sight unseen.
Yes, I do pray for you, brother, as I know many others here do. I feel in my soul that we have a prayer circle here that is very powerful. I believe that not only do we communicate through our blogs here, but many of us pray for one another daily. That absolutely has to bring about God's blessings, does it not? He is faithful and always keeps His promises. "When two or more are gathered in His name..." He promises to be there. I believe that includes people who gather through a blog website, too.