Standing In The Need Of Prayer

Music HighwayI will try to keep this post short. Why? It’s me that it is about.

If you go to my post, Inside My Heart, I mentioned how my dad, who passed away in 1994, left a deep impression on me and my brothers and sister. But I did not mention how my mother, who also died about 9 weeks later, also left an impact on me.

She left an impression on her children also – especially on me. I was the son who she perhaps was mostly concerned about and often prayed for. Why? I was born with health issues. My primary problem was breathing. I had severe asthma attacks during my early childhood. My mother was always in and out of the hospital because of me. At one time the doctor looked at my fingertips, behind the nails, and noticed they were blue. My body was being deprived of oxygen.

Mother prayer

A mother praying.

My mother told me several times that she prayed to God she could live long enough to see me as a grown man. It was that bad with me.

Her prayers were answered. My health did improve dramatically. I have not suffered from asthma episodes since high school – about the time I accepted Christ as my Savior.

Yet, despite my very improved health, my mom never ceased praying for me. When she passed away in 1994, she left a void, a loss that a prayer warrior on my behalf had left me. Because God answered her prayer for me reaching adulthood before her death, I sometimes feel as if I am on borrowed time. I feel I am left standing in the need of prayer.

In 1991, when I married, I gained another person who was later to fill my mother’s shoes – my mother-in-law. She and I got along swell. Like my mom, she also was a devout Christian. And she always prayed for me. Why? Although I believed in God and the Bible, in the year 2000, I had stopped going to Church services for a few years (10 exactly) before starting to attend again. My mother-in-law knew it.

She, of course, was praying for her daughter (my wife), but she especially was praying for me. She knew I was standing in the need of prayer during that time period.

Well, about a couple of years ago, my mother-in-law also passed away. It was a very sad time. The night before she died, she called requesting a prayer from me. It was a moment I will never forget.

envelope-symbolHere is something else, both my mom and mother-in-law had something very much in common which I believe left another big impact on me. They both constantly wrote letters. It was my mother who often wrote to me. My mother-in-law would write one half a letter to my wife and the other half starting with, “Dear Pete.”

But I did not feel like writing letters. I wrote back only to my mother. I always felt too busy to write back, but I wrote back to her anyway.

I was on the phone with my mother-in-law rather than respond to her letters.  I just did not want to spend time writing letters.

Now that they both have passed on, I regret the bad attitude I had.

Yes, I was never much for writing but because of them I am seeing perhaps the reason why I am now writing blogs to you today. And as I do, I am looking to God and telling you that I am standing in the need of prayer.

 

 

Carolyn Arends

Carolyn Arends

Standing In The Need Of Prayer  (circa 1925)
lyrics – Unkown
music – Unkown
source – African-American spiritual
copyright – Public Domain
arranged by – Carolyn Arends
sung by – Carolyn Arends
genre – Traditional Christian
album – Love Was Here First  (2009)

 

LYRICS

Love Was Here First

Album

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer
Oh it’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer
Yes it’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer

Not my father, not my mother, but it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer
Not my sister, not my brother, but it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer

Chorus

Not my neighbor not my teacher, but it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer
Not the deacon, not the preacher, it’s just me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer

Chorus

It’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer
Oh it’s me, it’s me, O Lord
Standing in the need of prayer

Chorus

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