69: Somebody’s Prayin’

69: Somebody’s Prayin’

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Country Music

Somebody’s Prayin’

Story by Ricky Skaggs

Song written by John G. Elliott

Recorded by Ricky Skaggs

This was written by a dear friend of mine, John Elliott. He used to lead worship at Belmont Church in Nashville, right about the time that Michael W. Smith and Amy Grant were also going there and active in that church. John left Nashville in the early 1990s to move to Decatur, Texas near Fort Worth. He’s raising his family there now. They are a wonderful family, and he writes a great devotional on his website.

John recorded “Somebody’s Prayin’” on one of his albums. I either heard it on his record or I heard John sing it somewhere and was really moved by it. It felt like something I’d like to record. So when I produced my album My Father’s Son with Mac McAnally, which was my last album for Sony, I knew that would be a really strong song for that album.

We’ve heard of incredible stories from people about how the song gave them hope when they thought they didn’t have much hope left. I was playing at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee about ten years ago. There was a lady in the audience who had sent a letter to us. It said, “I’ve got an amazing story to tell you. You might not believe this, but it’s all true and I have documented evidence to prove it.” I started reading the rest of the letter and I found out that this lady was basically sent home to die. She had cancer and the doctors told her there wasn’t much hope. She heard the song and wanted to get the music and listen to it over and over again. She listened to the song day and night with headphones on, over and over and over.

After a period of time, she felt she had to go back to the doctors and be checked again. When she did that, she had no trace of cancer whatsoever. She was from East Tennessee and was there at Dollywood with her grandchildren and said she wanted to meet me. When she came backstage, she brought a copy of the doctor’s report. It said she had absolutely no cancer, and she showed it to me. She said, “This song has healing in it.” She said, “The words in the song gave me hope. I just prayed and asked God to heal me through this and He did.” That just shows how powerful a song can be.

Somebody’s Prayin’

Somebody’s prayin’, I can feel it

Somebody’s prayin’ for me

Mighty hands are guiding me

To protect me from what I can’t see

Lord I believe, Lord I believe

That somebody’s prayin’, for me.

Angels are watchin’, I can feel them

Angels are watchin’ over me

There’s many miles ahead ’til I get home

Still I’m safely kept before your throne

’Cause Lord I believe, Lord I believe

Your angels are watchin’ over me.

Well, I’ve walked through barren wilderness

When my pillow was a stone

And I’ve been through the darkest caverns

Where no light has ever shown.

Still I went on ’cause there was someone

Who was down on their knees

And Lord. I thank you for those people

Prayin’ all this time for me.

Somebody’s prayin’, I can feel it

Somebody’s prayin’ for me

Mighty hands are guiding me

To protect me from what I can’t see

Lord I believe, Lord I believe

Somebody’s prayin’ for me...

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