A vow of prayer

Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way. 1 Sam 12:23

J.C. Ryle wrote a book named “Do you pray?” It challenges Christians with a simple but critically important question. Not “Do you believe in prayer”. Neither “Do you understand the importance of prayer”. But much more direct; “Do you pray?”

This past weekend I had the priviledge of meeting a lady who challenged me immensely in her serious answer to the question; “Do you pray?” This lady was friends with my grandmother and also happens to have known my grandmother’s father. This means that after meeting my son Andrew, this lady had personal contact with 5 generations!

I also found out that this lady and my grandmother made a promise to each other. When one of them dies, the other would commit to praying for the deceased friends’ children and for their families. They each promised that they would pray for them DAILY. My grandmother went to be with the Lord many years ago already and without me even knowing, her friend prayed for me (and many others) every day. Only Heaven knows what kind of impact this lady had on me and my family through her prayers. The fact that my parents and all 3 of us siblings have come to know and serve the Lord is thanks to her prayers for us. The fact that we serve as missionaries in Japan is because of her prayers. It is amazing how this women is impacting so many people through her faithful intercession for them.

In conversation I heard that this lady also prays for 92 pastors every day. She would write their names on stones and go through the pile one by one each and every day. I even recognized some of the names she prays for and wonder if they even know!

I have truly been blessed and challenged by meeting this remarkable woman who has shown me and my family a great kindness through her daily prayer for us. Next time I tell someone “I will pray for you”, I will think of her challenging example. And next time someone asks me “Do you pray?” I will remember her beautiful testimony. Lord, help me be faithful in prayer, like Tannie Baby Bester.

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