A Song and a Prayer

By: Eric Scott

Have you heard the expression, “I’ll get by with a song and a prayer?” I’ve heard it all my life, but I never knew where it came from. My mom always seemed to know such things, but she’s not here to ask anymore. So I did the obvious. I looked on the Internet. To my surprise, I drew a blank (another good old expression).

I may never know where the saying came from, or what its original meaning was, but I know our prayers are music to God’s ears. In that regard, I gain strength and confidence from the assurance God is listening, and like a good father, He grins when he hears his children praying.

Two of my earliest memories are of a particular song and a particular prayer. At a very young age I learned to sing “Jesus loves me, this I know. For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to him belong. They are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me. The Bible tells me so.”

Every night I knelt beside my bed to pray, “Now I lay me down to sleep. I pray thee, Lord, my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray thee, Lord, my soul to take.” Followed by a string of God bless Mommy, God bless my big sister Suzie, and God bless every other person or thing I thought He needed to take note of before I left my small world in His hands and drifted into peaceful slumber.

When I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child. But when I became a man, I put away childish things. That’s not to say I put aside singing and praying. To the contrary, now I’m just more somber and serious about it. Life is hard. I’ve come to see firsthand that I am weak and He is strong. I’ve come to realize that God alone is sovereign, and He alone can administer grace, mercy, and justice in a lost world.

Life isn’t easy. People can be cruel. The world’s not always fair. But with a prayer on our lips and a song in our hearts, we’ll get by. Teach your kids to sing and pray at an early age, and they will too!

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