Be sure to check out Week 1 – A Mom’s Priorities.
Introduction: Think. What do your kids need from you today? Clean clothes? Dinner? Help with homework? “Are you willing to spend as much time praying for your children as you do making their lunch or reviewing this week’s spelling words?” Let’s get serious about praying. But how?
I think a lot of you already know many different “formulas” for prayer. I think they are great, but at the same time I don’t like to “legalize” my prayers. The author uses the ACTS approach to prayer. (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication) You could also use the PRAY method. (Praise, Repent, Ask, and Yield) But no matter which “way” you choose to pray it is through prayer that your heart can turn to God and that He can remind you of Who He is and why He loves you. The Holy Spirit can remind you of the reason why you needed a Savior in the first place and how God is using you to further His kingdom. Prayer gives you the opportunity to thank and praise a Holy God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon you.
Through confession we can ask to Lord to purify us, blot out our transgressions, and create in us clean hearts. If we have rebelled in some way, then we can ‘fess up’ and get right with the Lord once again. And it is awesome that if we confess our sins, then He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins.
The author had us read the historical event of Hannah and her ability to give thanks after years of infertility. In her thanks to the Lord, she lists reason after reason why we should give thanks to the Lord. Hannah and her story were great encouragements to me during my years of infertility. Giving thanks while stuck in the miry clay can be daunting. But God is good and faithful to those who serve Him. I found that if I could speak words of thankfulness even when my emotions didn’t feel thankful, then bitterness had no room to creep into my heart.
I’d like to hang out with you in Mark 7:24-30 for a moment. You can read the same account in Matthew 15:21-28. This mother amazes me. What do you think of her? She was offered nothing from the Jews and Jesus, yet this gentile woman believed EVERYTHING. Her faith was in Jesus. She appealed only to His mercy. And she was persistent! A mother who changes her child spends a lot of time at Jesus’ feet.
Read Job 38:1-4. What point is God trying to make with Job? I think God is reminding Job that he is a tiny, finite and temporary part of a much greater, everlasting and eternal plan. I mean…how amazing is it that 1) God spoke from a WHIRLWIND; 2) God spoke to Job in the first place; and 3) God is merciful enough to remind His children that we just don’t think they same way He does. God is so faithful and worthy of our trust.
So how can we daily incorporate praying for our children into the routine chores and events of our lives? In addition to our daily Bible time, I can pray for my kids as I fold their clothes, cook their food, and clean their bathroom. Two years ago, I was given a prayer card for my children. I keep it in my Bible and pull it out during my quiet times. I really enjoy praying through the scriptures on that card for my children.
Bringing It Home:
The author asks us to choose an object that represents each child in our family. Then, whenever we see that object, we are to pray for that child. Did (does) anyone do this? I’m finding this difficult and a little strange to do. But if it works, then great! Let me know.
Just for Fun:
The author asks us to go outside and enjoy God’s creation. I had the opportunity this past weekend to get away from the family and have a retreat with a few ladies from my church. At one point I went out onto the back deck and sat in the porch swing. It was silent. It was still. It was cold. (and my blanket was inside!!) But I was amazed. God is as real in the quiet times as He is in the storms of life. And I have been given a direct line, through Jesus and prayer, to the God of the universe.
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Please share something new you learned about prayer.
God’s Wisdom for a Mother’s Heart by Bobbie Wolgemuth (all quotes come from this study)