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‘I Say a Little Prayer for You’

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The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup, I say a little prayer for you……..

From the time our daughters were toddlers, my husband would wake them up every morning by singing ‘I Say A Little Prayer For You’ by Dione Warwick. The girls loved it! Since, we’ve adopted this song as our family theme (that usually becomes a ridiculous, but heartfelt group performance whenever we’re all together).

As our girls have now begun to venture from the nest, ‘I say a little prayer for you’ has taken on a whole new meaning. That’s because I’ve realized my prayers can go where I cannot.

Prayer has the ability to transcend time and distance. We can see the affect of prayer with our very eyes, as evidenced through miracles and changes in our circumstances, but it is also highly effective in ways beyond our comprehension in realms and dimensions we may never tangibly experience. That’s because prayer connects to God who knows no limits. Therefore, our prayers can be effective in ways and places we cannot.

I remember a situation many years ago that highlighted for me the importance of ‘saying a little prayer’, and trusting God to meet a need beyond my ability.

One day, when we lived in the city of London, I decided to walk to the nearby grocery store to pick up a few ingredients for supper. As I waited to cross the busy street, a young boy appeared beside me. He immediately began talking about how convenient the school was since he moved in with his dad. Then without hesitation, he blurted out how incredibly relieved he was to be out of his mothers house, because “she treated me like dirt”.

The light turned green and we began to walk in different directions. Suddenly, my heart began to ache and my stomach wrenched. It was as though I felt the pain of his mother’s hurtful words that assaulted him day after day. I wanted to comfort him, but there was little I could do as he continued on his way. Finally I called out to him, “Hey….it was nice talking to you. I truly hope you have a good day.” My words seemed pathetic. Inside, my mind was shouting out to him “You didn’t deserve to be treated like that. I hope you can find the strength in your heart to forgive your mother and carry on confidently through life.”

That’s when the thought came to me that prayer could go where I could not. With a quick little plea to an ever watchful God, my heart eased.

Whether it be for random situations as this, or for your own children, family or challenging circumstances, when you say a little prayer, believe! You have just opened doors of possibilities beyond your natural boundaries.

Author: Elaine Olson

Elaine effectively counsels in the area of marriage and family, with specialization in anxiety and stress, decision-making and young adult concerns. Elaine uses a variety of counseling therapies to meet the specific needs of each client. Her insightful approach to life challenges the three-part makeup of humanity, to ensure total wellness, physically, mentally/emotionally and spiritually. She is a strong advocate for women, taking a lead role to pioneer many innovative support programs for women around the world.

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