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Pastors' Wives Resource site provided by the Sunday School Discipleship Ministries International, a ministry of the Church of the Nazarene. We want to hear about your experiences, the lessons you’ve learned and how God’s Word and prayer supported and sustained you in the joys and challenges of parsonage life.

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Are You Praying for Your Family? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Aletha Hinthorn   
Statue of a woman praying.

Recently, several of us had dinner with the international evangelist Sammy Tippit. He said that for years he often stated that he grew up in a secular home with no spiritual heritage.

But then recently he discovered a written description of his grandmother who died five years before he was born. It referred to her as a woman of prayer, and stated that she prayed so fervently the doors of the church shook when she prayed.

Then Sammy understood why the first time he heard the Gospel, he repented and received Christ. Two nights later he was called to preach. His godly grandmother’s prayers were answered, too, for her son. Sammy’s father came to Christ shortly before he died.


God answered his grandmother’s prayers in greater ways than she could have anticipated. Through her prayers she made an impact on millions of lives around the world. Sammy has preached in more than 80 countries and in evangelistic stadium events in such places as Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Rio de Janeiro and Albania.

She was one of those who “were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance” (Hebrews 11:13).

My grandmother was one, too, who believed for her children, but did not receive the answers except by faith. Two of her four sons were not interested in following Jesus when she died despite her many prayers.

Not many months after Grandma died, Uncle Les came under great conviction. He felt so miserable he went to the doctor, but the doctor found nothing wrong. On Sunday morning, he called Grandma’s pastor and said, “I think I need to pray.” He walked into the church during service, and without stopping to sit down, walked to the front and fell at the altar. Not only was his life transformed but also that of future generations.

Grandma’s other son, Uncle Amos, came to faith in Jesus not long before he passed away.

God answers mothers’ prayers. Every burdened groan and tear are too precious to Jesus to waste. Some day, at just the right time, they will be poured out. “The desire of the righteous shall be granted” (Proverbs 10:24).

Dear Father, if we knew how wonderful Your plans are for answering our prayers, we would never grow weary of praying.

This article was written by Aletha Hinthorn.  To receive Aletha’s devotionals and to learn about Come to the Fire Conferences, click here.

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We welcome pastors’ husbands to visit this page and to provide insights into the needs and challenges you face. Let us know how we can minister to you and assist as you fulfill your supportive roles. Send your comments and suggestions to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Until then, we welcome you to join the discussions and provide resources on this site...Read More

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Each weekday, Sunday School and Discipleship Ministries International (SDMI) meet for prayer. All requests will be presented to the staff, except those identified as confidential. We’ll pray for you, asking God to work and to extend grace and mercy...Read More

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