A Mother's Heart

Posted: Thursday, May 10, 2018 | Joseph Parker | Family

"For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore I also have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives he shall be lent to the Lord. So they worshiped the Lord there.” 
— I Samuel 1:27-28

“But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” 
Luke 2:19

“…but His mother kept all these things in her heart.” 
Luke 2:51

A faithful Christian mother will seek to carry her children in her womb, in her heart, and in her prayers.

The Word of God has much insight and wisdom to encourage mothers to be godly mothers and women of God. It teaches the fruitful characteristics for mothers to possess:

  • She’s a woman who has given her heart to Christ. She knows and loves God (John 3:16; Romans 10:9).

  • She seeks to be a student of the Word of God and to read it daily (Psalm 1; Psalm 119:105).

  • She is a person of prayer. Prayer is a foundational part of her life. She spends time in prayer every day (I Samuel 1:9 -18; I Samuel 2:1-10; Mark 1:35; Philippians 4:6-7).

  • She seeks to teach, guide, nurture, and mold her children in the wisdom of the Word of God. She also seeks to share that wisdom with others (Exodus 20: 1-17; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 31; Ephesians 6:1-3; II Timothy 1:5). 

  • She is growing in her understanding of the call of God upon her life. She has a sense of mission on her life, and she has a passion from God to carry out that call (Luke 1:38; Romans 12:1-2).

  • She seeks to carry out the ministry God has called her to in her home to make it a place of love, grace, blessing, and warmth for her family. She also seeks to make it a place where the Holy Spirit dwells continually (Proverbs 31:10-31).

I Samuel chapter one tells a touching, moving, and insightful story of a young wife who wanted to mother a son. She simply had a desire, a dream, to be the mother to a little boy. Initially, she cried and fretted over being childless. But then she did something wise: She took the time to sincerely approach God in prayer, and she simply asked for the desire of her heart. Also in prayer, she let God know that if He would give her a son, then she would dedicate his life back to God.

That was a wise thing to do.

God heard her prayer, and He gave her that which she requested — a son. Hannah then kept her word and dedicated her son back to God.

This short, powerful story of this young wife then mother holds many life lessons. We would be wise to read and meditate on this story over and over again.

One of the important lessons is that there is great power in the prayers of a Christian mother (and a Christian parent — period) for and over her children. It is both wise and normal for a Christian mother to pray for her child before he or she is conceived, while the child is in the womb, when the child is born, when he or she is a toddler, when the child is in elementary school, middle school, definitely in high school, and when he or she is in college. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that your job is done when your child graduates from high school or college, though; you are just getting started!

So when is a mother’s job of praying for her child over? When one of you goes to Heaven. Until then, be mindful that your job, mothers, of praying for your children is a life-long responsibility. And no one can do this job; no one can pray for your children like you can!

How tragic it is for any child who has neither mother nor father lifting them up in prayer. May every believer in the world become an adoptive prayer parent.

A mother’s blanket of prayer

When you were young,
And it was cold outside
With a blanket
I covered you with care

Now that you are older
And the world is much colder
I now cover you with
A blanket of prayer

-Author Unknown 

For inspiration about some of the precious mothers in the Bible, read

  • Genesis 3:20; 4:1; 4:25
  • Genesis 29 and 30
  • Exodus 1 and 2
  • Proverbs 31
  • Luke 1 and 2
  • I Timothy 1:1-7