Mother’s Day – Prayers For Your Children
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford.
Then I want to move in with them.”
“I’d like to be the ideal mother,
but I’m too busy raising my kids.”
“Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.”
“Children are a great comfort in your old age
– and they help you reach it faster, too.”
“Parenthood is the passing of a baton,
followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it.”
“It is never easy being a mother.
If it were easy, fathers would do it.”
1 Samuel 1:1-8 “There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the Lord Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the Lord.
Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. 5 But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the Lord had closed her womb. 6 Because the Lord had closed Hannah’s womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her.
This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Her husband Elkanah would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
God had closed her womb
- Only one other place in the Bible is this seen
- Many women Barren (Rachel, Sarah, Rebecca, Elizabeth)
- Here God closed up her womb
“Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?”
1 Samuel 1:9-17
9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long are you going to stay drunk? Put away your wine.”
15 “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled.
I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.”
17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.”
Hannah makes a very tough prayer and follows through with it.
1 Samuel 1:21-28 “When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the Lord and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the Lord, and he will live there always.”
23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her.
“Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
4 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. 25 When the bull had been sacrificed, they brought the boy to Eli,
26 and she said to him, “Pardon me, my lord. As surely as you live, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28 So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
1 Samuel 2:21
And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.
Now here are some pretty typical prayers mom’s will pray:
- God protect them
- Help them make good decisions
- Lord I give them into your hands
Because we want our kids to be safe, and trust in God
Now, I want to give you three hard prayers for your children this morning.
1. Pray that they get caught when they choose the path of sin
4 Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long!
It can be painful dealing with your own kids sins.
- We have a hard enough time dealing with our own
- When they get caught sinning we begin to feel like we have failed
- Their sinful choices feel like it is a reflection on us.
2. Pray they have to forgive someone who doesn’t deserve it and find the peace that comes through forgiveness.
This is tough.
- We don’t want our kids to get hurt
- We don’t want anyone to wrong the or mistreat them
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”
22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Forgiveness gets us to take our eyes off the wrongs of others and focus on the wonder of God’s grace.
3. Pray that their beliefs will be challenged and the roots of their faith will be strengthened
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Here are the keys to these types of prayers:
- They are specific
- They are focused on the greater end result
All these prayers pray for:
- A challenging circumstance
- That leads to greater spiritual maturity