Some of you are raising children, some of you have grown children, and some of you are considering having children. All of you were at one time a child. What am I getting at? A mother’s prayer life is like no other. It centers and revolves around her family. My family thinks that their life revolves around me (as if!) but au contraire my dear one, they are the center of my everything. So today I am sharing a very intimate part of my heart.
Lord, when I am with you, in the quiet of my heart, opening my treasure box and offering up the gifts that are most precious to me, I hold them closely and pray without ceasing over them. I have many prayers but one that I will not stop coming to you with. My heart is heavy with this each new day. A hope that I trust only You with – my husband and our two boys. Lord, I pray for their health, their safety, their hearts and minds, for their protection, for the choices they make, for their future, their friendships and for their relationship with You. The list is unending.
So I ask you friends, is it wrong to want them to succeed? Is it wrong to want them to shine brightly? Is it wrong to want them to be good great witnesses for God? Is it wrong to want them to be good stewards of their gifts and talents?
Is this my desire from God, or did God put this desire, to pray for them without ceasing, in my heart? Is it because of my pride that I can’t let go of constantly praying this for them? Or is it lack of trusting God? I want them to soar high, yet be humble, to be filled with compassion and empathy yet strong and bold. I want them to be real with Jesus, with themselves and with the world. I want them to be courageous and I want them to have a faith like no other. I pray their passion is to follow our Savior and by following Him they will be fueled and able to endure. I want them to reach their potential, their FULL potential. And to fulfill the plans God has for them.
Do I pray this out of my own personal fears of the unknown? Don’t I trust my Father in Heaven hears my requests and will bless them? Or is it because I want to tell the world I believe what God can do for those who “love Him with all their heart, all their mind and all their strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
So yes, my utmost prayer is that my husband and I are united in Christ and together we raise up our young boys into faith filled men. Leading them in the way they should go (Proverbs 22:6). Preparing them all the while to be warriors for Christ (Ephesians 6:10-18). To get them ready for what may come by focusing their hearts and minds on Christ. I pray for them to know Him in ALL circumstances, whether big or small, good or bad. I pray that they trust our Father in Heaven to be with them through it all.
Yup, my man and two boys are my kryptonite BUT God is my superhero and He’s got my back.
PRAY (1 Thessalonians 5:16)…TRUST (Proverbs 3:5)…BELIEVE (Hebrews 11:1)…and BE (Psalm 46:10).
Now It’s Your Turn.
Traci Curtis says
I Love this, my friend, and love you. Your words are powerful and mirror my everyday thoughts! You are a true blessing to everyone around you and provide me with so many centered moments! Thank you for writing, for sharing, and for opening your heart to so many. You make this life a better place.
Thanks, Traci. You are kind and your encouragement is good for my soul.
Oh Maria, this is wonderful, so open, real, and captures what a mother’s heart longs and prays for her family. Thank you.
Lydia -thanks for reading and letting me know you are with me on this journey!
Trish Shallenberger says
Beautiful and full of you. Authentic, honest, real. I love you and thank you for sharing
Thank you for taking the time to read my hearts prayers and letting me know it resonated with you.
This is truly a desire God put on your mommy/wife heart! To pray for all that is possible through/with God for your family is also a reflection of His divine love for you. “Now to Him who is able to do immeasuably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. ” (Eph 3:20) That’s some awesome superhero power! Love this!!!
Theresa, so great you can give me scripture to hold on to when on my knees before God! Thank you!!!!
We have the unspeakable privilege of being instruments in the hands of God and He treats us with dignity as His partners in creation…thank you for sharing the depths of your heart and revealing the most beautiful part of who you are as a child of God!
Praise God we have fellow believers to join us in the raising of our children.
So true Maria!! My prayer every day as well!
And we will continue to pray over them every single day. Thanks, Karen.
Love this. Thank you for voicing so eloquently what we all feel in our hearts. Whether our children are little or not so little — we just want them to love Jesus and love others.
Feels so good that I am not alone in this prayer! Thank you, Linda!