The Mother Who Prays
by Danna Appleby
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Some years ago when our two children were in their early teens, I became very concerned about them, but especially for our son. One day when he was at school, I went into his room and began crying out to God for him. I was determined that the enemy wasn’t going to have him and knew I needed to turn everything over to God.
Years later, I remember crying out to God once again, but this time for both my son and daughter. I knew that I wanted God to do something very special within them and knew that their father and I were doing the best we could as parents. Later when I went to the Word, here is what the Lord gave me:
This is what the Lord says: “Restrain your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded,” declares the Lord. “They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your future,” declares the Lord. “Your children will return to their own land.” Jer. 31:16-17
When I look back at those times, I still marvel at the greatness of God and how precious He was to hear my voice for help and comfort. I remember feeling hopeless as a young mother, but the Lord renewed my hope. What a joy to know that we as mothers can go to God to pray for our children. When times are difficult and we can’t seem to find our way, God will shed light on our path. Our children are grown now and have a great love for God and so do their spouses.
Even when our children have sickness we can always depend on the Lord to help us get through those difficult times. Romans 12:12 tells us to “rejoice in hope, to be patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.” We can be assured that God will meet us right where we are and will not let us down for He indeed hears us when we pray (1 Jn. 5:14). There will be times when we need answers because we have no idea which way to turn. In those difficult times, we need the Lord to stand by us to help us. As the old song says: Where could I go but to the Lord?”
I’m reminded of another time when my daughter was in her early teens. The first night after she had gotten new braces she asked me to pray for her because her mouth was throbbing with pain. We joined hands and I prayed a fervent prayer for her and she was instantly healed. My daughter learned from the example I set before her and she now prays for her own children.
You may feel like you're all alone as a mother, but you're not and God waits for you to call on Him. He loves to be included in the affairs of your family. God is a great problem solver and I can vouch for that. He has come to the rescue many, many times over the years.
A song came to me the other day when I was thinking about what I would write and the words to a song came to me: “I found the answer – I learned to pray.” To get the right answer for knowing how to deal with our children and their problems, we must be praying mothers. We must go to God for help to know what to do.
Mothers, you need to be praying for your children. Grandmothers, you need to be praying for those precious grandchildren. Turn everything over to God.
I remember praying for God to help me know how to be a better mother as I was raising my children because I did not know how. He answered me, but I had to continue praying that prayer all along the way because new challenges came up all the time. Not one mother is any different from the other and we all must pray for direction. We need God to help us every day.
Believe that God is going to help you when you go to Him in prayer about your children. Never doubt God – no matter how bad things may seem at that moment. Remember that God isn’t finished with your children! Keep believing that God is working everything out. God loves your children and wants the best for them. Thank Him in advance knowing that the answer is on its way.
I will say it again; we must be an example for our children. Children learn from the example we set before them whether that way is good or bad. Let them know you're a praying mother or grandmother. When they’re sick or in trouble, tell them that you want to pray with them. Pray out loud so your children can hear their mother praying those precious prayers for them in their time of need. Then when healing or deliverance comes, they will be encouraged that you prayed and will learn to pray from your good example.
A Mother’s Prayer
(from Psalm 20)
May the Lord answer your prayers when you’re in distress. May the name of God of Jacob protect you. May He send you help from His sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. May He give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed. May the Lord grant all of your requests.
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There is a scripture in Isaiah ( I think 54) that is an excellent scripture to confess over chidren. "My children are diciples, taught of the Lord and great is their undisturbed composure". THE WORD WORKS.