As we approach Mother's Day and continue to focus on prayer, here is a prayer for all of the moms in our lives...
Dear Father, we approach your throne on behalf of the mothers whom you have entrusted with the care of your most precious little ones. We thank you for creating each mom with a unique combination of gifts and talents. We thank you for the sacrifice of self each mom gives for her children. For the late nights spent rocking a colicky infant. For the hands calloused from washing, wiping, scrubbing, mixing, baking, stirring, hugging, patting, disciplining, holding, writing, erasing, painting, and pouring.
We thank you for the gift of time moms give for their kids. We thank you for the flexibility of moms, for their tirelessness, their perseverance, and their devotion.
We pray you give each mom strength. Help her to see in every mundane task the eternal, cosmic significance that you place on motherhood. Help her to understand that the most radical, world-changing events may be happening anonymously in her home.
We ask you to be the daily bread of tired mothers. We ask you to be their living water. We ask you to be their source of spiritual and physical strength. We pray that the same grace that flowed from Father to Son to us in salvation will flow from mothers to their children. We pray that each mother rejects perfectionism and instead embraces the goodness of the gospel. We pray her rhythms of repentance and forgiveness will shape her home.
Lord, give each mother a worshipful reverence of you, the Creator and Sustainer of life. Help each mother to rest in the knowledge that they are but stewards of your children and that only your Spirit can produce change into the hearts of each boy and girl. May each mother find rest in you.
Most of all, Lord, on this day in which we honour mothers, may we love and cherish the special women who have born us, who have nurtured us, and who have prayed for our well-being. May our hearts overflow with gratitude to you.
Adapted from Daniel Darling
Oh, and just for fun... this is to honour you, too, moms!
School of Prayer: Teach Us Discernment
"And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one."
This week as we celebrate Mother's Day, we are focusing on the next section of the Lord's Prayer where Jesus teaches us to pray for discernment. These 13 words are very familiar to most of us but they are packed with meaning. On Sunday we're going to take some time to understand the bigger message behind this simple prayer.
- P. Tracy