My mom was a praying mom. I’m not sure if it was her prayers or the fear of facing her afterwards but I can remember distinctly several times saying no to sinful situations because she would “pop” into my mind. I’m pretty sure it was both! Mother’s Day is a great day to honor your mom and is bitter-sweet for some because their mom has either passed away or is not in their lives. Mother’s Day is when we get mom a great gift, a long hug, and verbalize our love for her. But moms, why not make Mother’s Day something more? Make it a day of prayer for your kids! What is it you need to spend AN ENTIRE DAY in prayer for on behalf of your kids? Do you have the kind of faith where you know Jesus will answer you?
There is a mom in Scripture whose prayers prevailed and were answered by Jesus. Matthew 15:28 tells how Jesus responded to her, “‘O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” In what way is your child “sick” and in need of “healing”? Perhaps it is actually sickness? Maybe they have strayed from the Lord? This mom teaches moms everywhere to pray and not give up. If you are praying for something you think is God’s, keep on asking. Ask, seek, knock and keep on asking, seeking, and knocking. When Jesus saw the great faith of this Canaanite mother whose daughter was sick he was so moved he did what was on her heart.
This mom knew she was asking for God’s will to be done and she wouldn’t give up. Have you ever met a persistent mom? I mean one “mamma bear” who is a little bit annoying and somewhat overbearing on behalf of her “cubs” she doesn’t care what people think of her but is only concerned with providing and caring for her kids? This mom was that kind of woman. In fact, the disciples had grown tired of her continued prayer request they asked Jesus to send her away (Matthew 15:23). That’s the kind of tenacity your kids need from you, mom. Do you have a child under the influence of the devil? Are your kids struggling to fulfill to grow into the potential you know they possess? Maybe they have rejected your instruction. But consider that as momentary as you intercede for your kids, believing God will set them free and on the path of righteousness. Don’t give up! Hold on tight! Jesus will come through as you pray!
Sometimes things get worse before they get better. Sometimes things fall apart before they come together. A breakdown often precedes a breakthrough. Maybe they have to hit rock bottom? And when they do your prayers will be there to lift them up and back into God’s plan for their life. Kids need moms who pray – more than bedtime and mealtime prayers. I’m talking about spill your guts, cry your eyes out, and go through a box of tissue prayers! Moms – don’t give up on your kids. Pray hard. Jesus hears you, is working on your behalf, and loves you more than you know. Happy Mother’s Day!