I recently had a hard time praying for a difficult situation. It was not clear to me how I should proceed. I didn’t know what was right. I was in turmoil. I couldn’t find the words to pray. They were not coming.
I searched the Bible. I looked for scriptures to give me guidance in praying for this particular situation, but I could not find anything that directly applied.
Then I asked the Lord to help me pray for this situation, and he reminded me of how Jesus taught his disciples to pray: “Your will be done here on earth as it is in heaven.” I grabbed hold of those words: “Your will be done.” That was the guidance I needed. Those were the words I needed to pray.
And so I prayed, “Lord I don’t know how to pray, but I do know Jesus said to pray for your will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven. And so I ask for just that. Whatever it is, I ask for your will to be done. That you would do whatever you are willing to do in this situation. And that I will accept it and trust in you.”
After I prayed that I felt such peace. The situation was beyond me but not beyond God’s wisdom and care. Praying this way gave me direction. Praying this way gave me peace.
“This, then is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” – Matthew 6:9-10
My boys back in 2003.
I have three sons. They are now grown, and they love the Lord. I have always sought to pray for them faithfully and for myself as their mom. I got involved in Moms In Prayer International which helped guide me in my prayers for them. Here is a page from one of my prayer journals.
February 20, 2003
I confess I have blown it in the past. I know I have not been readily available. I know I have not been the witness of Christ to them. Please forgive me. I pray that you make me a godly mother once again. I pray that you make me wise in your word and ready to impart it upon my sons for their spiritual growth.
Help me not to forget to pray for them and with them.
Help me to always bring you into our conversations and disagreements.
Help me to train them up in righteousness.
Help me to truly enjoy them.
Help me to enjoy all their jokes and their joys of the day.
Help me to laugh and get carried away by all their happenings.
Help me to be an anchor and a rock for them.
Help me to be able to impart to them godly counsel.
Help me to truly dedicate myself completely to their spiritual growth.
Help me to make them my priority.
Help me not to lose my temper.
Help me not to mistreat them.
Help me to be filled with wisdom and faithful instruction for them.
Help me not to be selfish but to do my job as a mother and listen. (This is hard when they interrupt.)
Help me to raise them as godly men.
Help me to discern when they are truly disrespectful.
Help me to know how to discipline them and train them.
Help me to know how to deal with all their squabbles.
Help me to know how to pass on my faith filled with passion for God Almighty.
Help me to pass on a heart of servanthood.
Lord, strengthen me as their mother and enable me to complete this task until the day they leave our home. Thank you for giving me these boys. The challenge is great. Lord, I pray for your grace.
The task of raising children is hard. As moms we have to allow ourselves lots of grace. The task is overwhelming and we can really beat ourselves up. “Did I do something wrong? Did I do something to mess them up from ever receiving Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior?” But we moms need to submit ourselves unto God daily. Be the women he has called us to be first. And faithfully entrust the lives of our children to the Lord. We only have them for a short season, and then they are gone. Let’s persevere and do the job of raising a godly generation while we can. Pray for their souls faithfully. “I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand I will never be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)
Book Recommendation: This is a great read. It is a little old fashioned, but it contains wonderful inspiration on Raising Your Child to Love God (by Andrew Murray).
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