Faith Focus: I am just one of God’s many prayer warriors

After I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, He continues to work on my “clump of clay.”


Do you know where you, your family, and friends will be spending eternity?

I grew up in Barnesville, Minnesota, and we had a little cabin on a lake near Fergus Falls, where we spent the summer months. My parents had a little girl named Becky, who was almost 3 when I was born. She and I loved to pray together. We went to church in Barnesville and I learned about Jesus Christ at a very young age.

On Aug. 24, 1952, I was 1 1/2 years old. My mom has told me what happened that day because I was obviously too little to remember. That morning my sister stood up on the back of the couch and spread out her arms with her beautiful nightgown and robe and said, “Today I am going to be an angel.”

My mom and my aunt decided to go into Fergus Falls to go to the Ottertail County Fair. We stopped at my grandma’s and Becky and my cousin, Judy, went out in the back of the house to play. They were pretending they were canning with Grandma’s canning jars and putting acorns in the jars. Becky went across the alley to get some big acorns and was run over by a car. She passed away in the hospital that day. I cried and cried and cried. I didn’t understand where Becky had gone. Ten months after Becky died, my sister, Lorrie came into the world.

I had the same Sunday school teacher, Marge, when I was 4 and 5 years old. On this particular Sunday, Marge asked if there was anyone who would like to ask Jesus Christ into their hearts. I raised my hand and said the Sinner’s Prayer. Now I am 70 years old and it has been quite a sanctification process. I am a work in progress. I have made so many mistakes in my life. I am a mess with a message.


The Bible is God-breathed and it is the “double-edged sword” that pierces the darkness. After I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, He continues to work on my “clump of clay.” Derek Prince, who has passed away, wrote these wise words and I have printed them out so that I can read them every day: “I receive by faith the righteousness of Jesus Christ, imputed to me by my faith in Him, according to the Word of God. I will neither parade my good works nor blush for my bad deeds. I will come boldly because it is a throne of grace. I will not examine or analyze my own heart all the time to determine if I am good enough. I will trust God that the blood of Jesus has cleaned me from all the sin. And I will come boldly to the throne, right into the Holies of all.”

I will continue to pray 2 Chronicles 7:14 until I meet Jesus Christ face to face.

I am just one of God’s many prayer warriors.

Barb Lapka is a lakes area resident.
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