This week my family will drive to Greenville, SC to celebrate the 90th birthday of my mother’s mother – Jean Heaston. It will be an eight hour haul, with 6 kids in tow, but it will be worth the trip. I want my family to be there to celebrate this milestone, and to spend time with my last living grandparent, their great grandparent.
She is a quiet woman of great faith. She gave her life to the church, serving faithfully as the wife of a well known pastor and evangelist. She was married to Louis Heaston for over 70 years! She mothered five children, doing all she could to love and provide for them.
What I remember most about my grandma is her praying. When she and grandpa Heaston would visit they would attend the church my father pastored – The Community Church. My dad would often ask her to pray during service. When she prayed it was like a holy hush fell on the church. She didn’t get loud, and walk around. She stood with her head bowed, and prayed quietly, but with great power. When she said “Amen”, everyone knew we had touched the throne of God.
Where did that come from? The reason why there was such power in public prayer is because she had spent much time in private prayer. It reminds me of the familiar saying on prayer. Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power.
Don’t let her example intimidate you. She didn’t start out praying that way. Prayer is something we develop and grow in. As you take baby steps in prayer remember this – God loves to hear you share your heart with him. I love to hear my kids talk to me, even though they babble, wander, mess up their grammar, and constantly ask me for things. So, bring your babble, your wandering thoughts, your silly requests, and your mistakes to your Father. Each time you do you’re expanding your heart for prayer and you’re growing in your love for the Lord.
James 5:16 says, “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”