Thanks, Faith, for sharing your space with me here today. It is a privilege.
Faith, if you haven't already (there has been a rash of Christmas babies in my neck of the woods), you will soon join the ranks of the highest order...Mothers. You will join the likes of Eve, and Sarah, and Hannah, and Mary, and Lois, and Rahab, and Ruth, and Katrina Luther, and Susanna Wesley, and Me =), and..... The list truly does go on and on. Some were great mothers, and some not quite as good.
But, that's the thing, when you become a mother you find out just how weak and helpless you are. When your baby is feverish and you don't know why. Or when their heart is broken and you are trying to fix it. Or you are simply trying to raise them without them needing hours and hours of therapy.
Bow down thine ear, O Lord, hear me, for I am poor and needy. (Psalm 86:1)
I cannot tell you how many times I have approach the Lord in prayer, literally at the end of my rope, hands empty and needing filled.
Parenting is a very humbling venture. I am so glad to serve the all-powerful God, who promises to enable me. Even in parenting.
Prayers becomes a Christian parent's secret weapon and source of strength. Not only do we pray about parenting, we learn to lean on God on our kids' behalf too.
There are many things you can pray for your children. Some are small things-like teeth and fevers. Some are bigger-like potty training. Some are huge-like life decisions. Here is a list of huge things I regularly pray for even now with youngish kids.
1. My child will believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior from sin early in life.
2. My child will love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength. And love their neighbor as themselves.
3. My child will have friends who love God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength.
4. My child will find favor in the eyes of their authorities-teachers, bosses, government.
5. My child will not love money, but will be generous and unselfish in giving.
6. My child will seek to serve the Lord in whatever way He calls them-big or small.
7. My child will have a global outlook, and a love for the unsaved.
8. My child will marry someone who loves the Lord and wants to serve the Lord with them.
9. My children will be each others' best friends.
10. My child will get caught whenever they do wrong.
11. My child will grow as a Christian and be kind, compassionate, patient, truthful, strong.
12. My child will have good role models, and be a good role model.
That is quite the list. If you prayed it everyday for your child, or children, it would take quite some time. I have found it helpful to split it by months or even weeks. I pray for their salvation daily. The others I tend to rotate especially as needs become more obvious.
Parenting and mothering is a high calling. Maybe the highest calling. May God grant you grace and wisdom as you embark on this journey.