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.
--1 Samuel 1:27-28
A faithful Christian mother will seek to carry her children in at least three places:
1. In her womb
2. In her heart
3. In her prayers - faithfully
In 1 Samuel chapter one, we find a touching, moving, and insightful story of a young wife who wanted to be a mother. She simply had a desire, a dream to be the mother to a little boy. Initially, she cried and fretted over being childless. Then she did something wise -- she took time to go sincerely to God in prayer, and she prayed for the desire of her heart. She let God know that if He would give her a son, then she would dedicate his life back to Him. God heard her prayer, and He gave her what she requested; He gave her a son. Hannah then kept her word. She dedicated her son back to God.
This short, powerful story of a young wife and mother holds many life lessons. One is on the great power in the prayers of a Christian mother for and over her children. It is wise and normal for a Christian mother to pray for her child before conception, while the child is in the womb, when the child is born, when she or he is a toddler, when the child is in elementary school, in middle school, in high school, and when she or he is in college. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that your job is over when they graduate from high school or college, though. You are just getting started!
When is a mother’s job of praying for her child over? When one of you goes to heaven. So be mindful that praying for your children is a lifelong responsibility. And, of course, no one can pray for your children like you can!
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.