Mothers and praying put together has been a common theme for a gospel song. In his song, “Who Will Pray For Me (When Mama’s Gone),” Conway Twitty was implying the power of praying from his own mother. So, if that person is no longer around, he’ll be left powerless as no one would pray for him anymore. Likewise, Diamond Rio’s “Mama Don’t Forget to Pray for Me,” represents every child’s plea. The song stresses how a mother’s prayer could make a child’s life much less difficult. The thought of a mother’s prayer offers almost every child a kind of comfort, strength, love, and protection. Probably, this has an association with the fact that we all have been borne by a mother.
In the book of Timothy, the role of mothers in rearing their children was put into a spiritual context. Hence the term “Godly mother.” Timothy describes godly mothers as,
“Women of sincere faith who are eager to hand off the truth of God’s word in love to their children (2 Timothy 1:5).
To have one is truly a great blessing in life. Therefore, being a godly mother would be the greatest blessing every woman can give to their children. Additionally, through faith in God and by honoring His Word, godly mothers have great influence as they train their children.
The Preserved Song
Going back to our main topic of mother and praying, here is a popular gospel song that was written by John Whitfield “Whit” Vaughan as a tribute to his own mother. The song’s lyrics were based on a text by an English settler in Georgia named James Rowe.
Several gospel singers and groups have since covered the song including the Florida Boys, Loretta Lynn, Mahalia Jackson, and Ben Harper, among others. However, it was Thomas A. Dorsey’s recording in 1934 that has been chosen for preservation in the National Recording Registry in 2007. The said decision came from the United States’ National Recording Preservation Board.
Let’s listen to Loretta Lynn, together with Geraldine Wilburn, singing “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again.”
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