Power of Prayer Told from the Mouths of Babes - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/18/03

Power of Prayer Told from the Mouths of Babes

Students at New Life Academy excel in many subjects, but the one they practice even outside the classroom is prayer.

"I pray before I go to bed, if I remember before I wake up," says 12 year-old Jonathan.

"I pray in the morning and when I go to bed," says seven year-old Israel.

"I pray at night when I'm about to go to bed, and I'll tell you who I pray for, my aunt Carmie so she'll stop smoking," says six year-old Brenna.

Such little mouths filled with big prayers.

"I pray for my rabbit, if he could come back," says seven year-old Mira.

They pray for beloved pets to return home.

"We let him run around for a little bit and the wind was blowing, and the fence fell down and he ran out," says Mira.

"We're also driving around places and handing our posters that have our cat on it, because one of our cats ran away. He's been gone for a long time. I say God please help my cat to come back. We really miss him a lot," says Brenna.

But sometimes, they say it takes God a little time to answer.

"I'm also waiting for him to give me the right answer for this one prayer, to help my dad to start coming back and seeing me, because he's not seeing me anymore. It makes me really sad inside," says Brenna.

But that doesn't mean he's not listening.

"He hears us, but sometimes, you can't tell if he answers back, but I know he hears us," says Jonathan.

"It's not like talking to your friends because you might not get to see him, but he's everywhere," says 11 year-old Xandria.

And they know that he's with them always through the Power of Prayer.

"It's really important to pray to God, so then, you'll get a closer relationship to him," says Xandria.

"Sometimes, I'm sad and I want to pray to God for everything," says Mira.

"There's a lot of people out there, and he's trying to answer their prayers," says Xandria.

New Life Academy opened more than 20 years ago. It's a private Christian school for kindergarten through 12th graders in north Lubbock, and all of the teachers who work there are so dedicated -- they teach kids voluntarily.

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