April 30, 2015 | TFA Communications |
Written By: Dr. Whitaker, Head of School
It was a beautiful spring evening. The trees were budding and there was a freshness to the air. We walked and we talked. Our conversation wandered from the upcoming Kentucky Derby, to church, to summer vacation plans and then to my children. It was a special moment with my greatest hero.
In the days ahead, Tricia and I would be moving our family to Orlando. He knew it was the right thing for us to do. However, as the days passed and the inevitability set in, I could tell that the thought of his son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren moving a thousand miles away was wearing on him.
As we neared the end of our walk that evening, his gait slowed and I could tell there was something important he wanted to say.
“Your mother and I raised you in humble surroundings. We were never able to give you much of the material things that I know you and your brothers wanted as children. However, Steve, I want you to know that I’ve given you the best gift I know how to give. You can’t put a price tag on it because its value is eternal. Son, since the day you were born, I’ve prayed for you by name every day. Not just most days. Not just on the days when it was convenient. I want you to know that I’ve never missed a day since January 14, 1965.”
With tears welling up in my eyes, I thought to myself, “I can’t believe what I just heard. That’s almost 14,000 consecutive days of prayer.”
And then he continued, “As you move to Orlando and take on a new challenge, you need to know that God is faithful and that he hears the prayers of His children. Your mother and I will continue to pray every day for you, Tricia, Amanda, Stephen and Caleb.”
Our walk ended and I returned to my home, which was across the street from my parents. I closed the door and looked out the window. Sure, there was sadness at the thought of leaving the comforts of our home, church and neighborhood. Greater, however, was the sense of gratitude that overwhelmed me as I considered what the power of prayer meant in my life. In 2010, my father died and went home to heaven. His prayers continue to be efficacious even though he has a new address. I’m a believer in the power of prayer!
One week from today is the 64th annual National Day of Prayer on May 7, 2015. Would you join me in praying for the Lord’s healing and renewing power to be made manifest throughout our nation?
Dr. Jack Graham serves as the Chairman for this year’s event. The theme he has chosen for 2015 is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” emphasizing the need for each of us to place our faith in the unfailing character of the Creator, who is sovereign over all governments, authorities and men. To further highlight the theme, he chose I Kings 8:28 as the Scripture passage: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.”
Let me encourage you to gather with those you love in your home, in your church, and in your neighborhood to pray for America on May 7, 2015. Please send this to your family members and friends so that they can join the 2015 prayer team as well.
For more information on the 2015 National Day of Prayer, you can browse the links below. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your family at The First Academy.
Steve D. Whitaker, Ph. D.
Head of School