Tuesday’s Prayers for America (7/22/2014)

Dolly who

 

The first time I heard the term “religious nut” was in the 1950’s when my mom spit those words out of her mouth.

It happened when we shopped at Meiners’ Grocery Store in Forreston, Illinois. Mom picked a few items off the shelves and carried them up to the checkout. Lillian Meiners, the cashier, attempted to talk about the Lord to Mom while totaling the purchases on the cash register. It was a one-sided conversation with Mom saying nothing.

“She’s a religious nut!” Mom proclaimed as we walked to our 1955 Pontiac, parked outside the door.

From that day forward, Lillian Meiners personified a religious nut to me. I would often see her and when I did, Mom’s words popped into my mind. Lillian never knew my true feelings about her. It was one of those inner character assassinations I never spoke aloud to anyone.

Lillian’s name was filed on a forgotten corner shelf of my mind until late 1985. It would still be there covered with layers of dust and cobwebs except for the question I asked the Lord one morning during prayer.

“Jesus, why did you save me?”

A clear voice whispered to my heart.

“Because of Lillian Meiners’ prayers for you.”

His words shocked me, but a few years later, I talked with her pastor, Rev. Orin Graff. He told me Lillian was a diligent prayer warrior for kids who attended the local Bible Camp, which I did for five years.

(Excerpt from my memoir, The Hunt for Larry Who, Amazon eBook, Copyright © 2014 by Larry Nevenhoven)

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that You raise up an army of religious nuts that no longer utter decent, delicate prayers, but rather pray till hell feels its ponderous strokes, till the iron gates of difficulty are opened, till the mountains of obstacles are removed, till the mists are exhaled and the clouds are lifted, and the sunshine of a cloudless day brightens America once again. (Based on a quote by E. M. Bounds)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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4 responses to “Tuesday’s Prayers for America (7/22/2014)

  1. So thankful for all the Lillian’s out there. And all the Larry who’s too, who pray until obstacles are removed! God bless you!

  2. Debbie,

    Thanks. God bless all the Lillians who are so unsung and put down during their lives and then raised up in the glory at the throne of God. God bless you.

  3. Thank you, Larry, for sharing your story. Like Lillian praying for you and the kids who attended that camp, a group of former high school classmates in Hong Kong prayed for me with the same result. In the summer of 1960, my parents took me out of the boys school that I attended in Hong Kong and sent me back to Jamaica because the principal had threatened to expelled me because of my juvenile delinquency. Within six months of my return to Jamaica, I committed my life to Jesus Christ through the witness of Christians at my new school. When I visited my parents in Hong Kong in 1962, I called a friend from my former school and found out that, unknown to me, he had become a Christian and, along with other Christians at the school, had been praying for my conversion. My visit to their youth group that Sunday was a testimony to the power of prayer and resulted in thanksgiving and joy over God answering their prayers on my behalf.

  4. Derrick,

    Thanks. What an awesome testimony of the dynamite power of prayer. Your testimony encourages us all to want to pray even more.

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