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Mama Taught Me to Pray

When his sister was seriously ill, T.D. Jakes's tough-minded mother stormed heaven with her prayers.

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My own exposure began around the table. I suppose that is where I first became aware that people talk to God.  Of course, growing up in church, I heard people pray in my Sunday school classes and in church services. At times those prayers stirred my soul and at times I did not really understand them.  I did, though, believe God was listening and I knew that He could answer. But there came a point when my exposure to prayer solidified into a concrete commitment to heavenly communication

 

My sister became sick. In her early twenties, she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. It was a gut-wrenching, heartbreaking situation, one our family could do nothing about. Of course, we could feed her, and take care of her and ensure that she received the best medical care we could find, but at the core of the matter, we were powerless to heal her. We were helpless when it came to being able to ease her pain or relieve her symptoms. All we could do was pray. My family’s prayers became urgent, fervent, passionate, desperate, and unceasing, as they went forth from our house with the speed, focus, and force of a steady stream of bullets aimed at the throne of God. My mother led the charge. 

 

And let me tell you, nobody can pray like a mama whose baby is deathly ill–even when her baby is an adult.  I had never heard anybody pray the way my mother prayed when my sister was sick. I had heard plenty of people pray, but never like that. She would not back down, she would not let down, she would not calm down.  She would not get up and she would not shut up as she literally bombarded heaven on my sister’s behalf.

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