Yesterday, Today, and Forever

ImageToday I watched a video my sister posted that was made 32 years ago. I watched as my mother spoke with clarity about the Bible lesson that we were all discussing, her cheeks were smooth and that square chin firm. I could see how blue were her eyes even through those great big glasses so popular in the early 80’s. Then my dad spoke, wow what a voice that man had, when he spoke it was like hearing the very voice of God. He looked into the eye of the camera and said “Let me pray for you, put your right hand over your heart while I pray.” I could hear myself playing the organ softly in the background as he prayed. I looked at my computer screen and his black eyes were seeing right through me as I placed my hand over my heart and let him pray, it felt as if he were praying just for me. I thought how odd it was, when that prayer was prayed originally I was listening to it from the organ stool, watching the back of his head and trying to see the countdown for the end of the program. Little did I know then that the prayer prayed so long ago would find me 32 years later sitting at my computer feeling a little down, well honestly a lot down, and minister to me making me feel so much better.  If you think about it every word we have ever said is still a sound bite somewhere in the atmosphere and that prayer was as fresh and good for me today as it was the day he said it. This incident reminded me of something that happened back when we were recording those programs; we were close to the end of a program, we recorded 3 or 4 at a time and were at the point of recording the program to be shown that coming Sunday night at midnight when my dad spoke with authority and said “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now and I want to pray for you!” He began to pray the most wonderful and comforting prayer I had ever heard him pray and I wondered who would be seeing that program on Sunday night that it would be for, or was it something he was feeling right then and maybe wouldn’t apply to anyone on Sunday… at least those were my thoughts as he prayed. Sunday came and everything was good all day until we got a call that my grandfather, my dad’s father, had a heart attack and was in the hospital. My dad began to make preparations to get a flight out to Los Angeles to be with him. As he was getting his suitcase ready I had our program on when suddenly we heard daddy speak from the TV and say “Wait a minute I see someone grieving right now…” as he said it the telephone rang and it was the news that my grandfather had died. My dad stood and cried as pitiful as a little boy would at losing his own dad, the way I cried five months ago when I lost him, and I realized that the prayer he was praying was for himself and for our family.

There is no time or distance in the Spirit, when you have a prayer over you it is still working for you in the future as it is right now. What I do is call on all the prayers that have ever been prayed over me, I know that God is still working through them on my behalf.  Matthew 26:39 Jesus prayed in the Garden “If it can be Your will let this cup pass from me; nevertheless not my will but Yours be done.” Jesus knew the suffering that was coming, that He would be beaten beyond recognition and hung on a cross to bleed and die for the human race who would revile and reject Him, He didn’t want to do it but He was willing to do it if it was the will of His Father, God. Then I look at myself with so many things that I need to know, needing so much wisdom to help me in the decisions I need to make and all that I need to get done, and I am grateful that the prayer my dad prayed today, his voice ringing out so strong was for me today, and if I listen to it again tomorrow or the next day it will still be as relevant then as it was 32 years ago.

The Bible, the Word of God is the same, it is as fresh and relevant for us today as it was when it was inspired and written so long ago. Hebrews 13:8 says it all, “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” And to that I add Amen!

2 Replies to “Yesterday, Today, and Forever”

  1. Wow, that’s good to know. I put my hand over my heart while your dad prayed in that video this week, too. I imagined him holding me when I was six days old and very sick and him praying for me in that faith-filled, compassionate, deep voice. My grandmother had taken me to your house, and he had to stop whatever he was doing to pray for me. Reading today’s HWOL, I thought, “That prayer for life and healing still applies to me!”


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