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Remember the sitcom “The Beverly Hillbillies?” I do and I LOVED watching it – I thought they were a hoot! Well, the actress Donna Douglas, who played Elly May Clampett, passed away January 1st of this year after battling pancreatic cancer. She was 82 years-old. Elly May – that silly, blonde with an adorable accent and personality- was in real life, a huge fan of God and His word.
In the months leading up to her passing, she prayed publicly at the Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Henderson, Kentucky. Her final words are an inspiration.
The following prayer, transcribed from a recording made at the event, provides a glimpse of her sensitive heart and her deep connection with God.
Proverbs 3: 5-6 say, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
“When I come before people I never know what I’m going to say. And I don’t bring it in a can. The Word says He who raised Christ from the dead lives in you and lives in me. So He knows what your needs are. I don’t have to. But I do trust the Holy Spirit. More and more as we trust, God knows your needs. My God shall supply all your needs. I don’t do it; He does it.
“So Father we praise you tonight. We pray for a mighty, mighty anointing of the Holy Spirit. We thank you you’re going to go into hearts and make a difference in hearts where people need change. We thank you, Father, that where they need anchoring, where they need stability, where they need reassurance, Lord, we praise you and thank you for giving it to them.
“Let them know. Open up their hearts to receive what you have for them. Let them know how much you really, really love them, each and every one of them, that you don’t have favorites.”
“So Father we praise you and we thank you. Lord we know you haven’t given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. So, Father we receive that. Greater is He that is within us than he that is in the world.”
“Father, more and more may there be a greater love for the Word of God and may the Word of God live in the hearts of the people. Where there is confusion, Lord, get rid of that confusion and let everybody know how valuable and precious they are to You. And Lord we thank you for loving each and every one of us.”
“We praise you and thank you for the opportunity to be here. Lord make me a blessing. May my lips be used for right things and my mouth to utter truth. Out of the overflow of your super abundance may my heart and my mouth speak.”
“Blessed be the name of the Lord, knowing Father, that in Jesus name, it will be done. Praise the Lord.”
WOW – thank you Donna for your words of prayer to our God and for your life as a believer. You will be missed and when thought of, a smile will cross my face. Amen.