A Mother's Prayer

A Mother's Prayer
Author: Jill Wargo, Ridge Kids Director
When We Pray - Part 2
As a first-time mom, you are gifted a beautiful child and expected to leave the hospital to care for them after only a few days of meeting them. There is no longer a nurse one button click away when you have a question. There’s no longer a doctor confirming things are going well. It’s just your family and the baby, alone, trying to figure this parenting thing out. 

After the newness of a newborn being in the home settles, you start to realize the amazing creation God has blessed you with. From their little toes to their precious noises, God has given you a gift and a responsibility like no other. You are now in a relationship with a child that you must care for and love well. As a Christian, you are to raise your child to love Jesus and love like Jesus did.

My heart is for my son to pray like Paul. I want my son to pray to give thanks; I want him to pray not only like God is with him but also as if God is for him and all of His people.

The best way for me to do this is to be a role model for my little one from morning to night. I need to show my love for Jesus. I need to share how I strive to love like Jesus loves. As my son’s routine grew more consistent, I began to realize that I needed to reprioritize my relationship with God. I needed to find a new time to read my Bible and pray. I personally found one of the best times for me to pray was during feedings or those late-night snuggles. I pushed myself to take time to pray aloud. I knew the sound of my voice was something my baby would enjoy. I knew that I wanted my child to see and hear me talk with our Heavenly Father.
Since setting this routine, my prayer life has flourished. I have seen myself truly following through with my prayers for others. I’ve even found myself following up with the people and saying, “My son and I took time to pray for you.”

As my son continues to grow and learns to talk, I plan to take our prayer time to ask who he would like to pray for and specifically why. Why can we be praying for this person? Is it for good health? Is it for healing? Is it to know Jesus? I look forward to those moments and hearing who’s on my son’s heart.
“For this reason I kneel before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named. I pray that He may grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power in the inner man through His Spirit, and that the Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
– Ephesians 3:14-21
My heart is for my son to pray like Paul. I want my son to pray to give thanks; I want him to pray not only like God is with him but also as if God is for him and all of His people. I want him to pray like God can absolutely move mountains. 

Who is someone in your life that you could be an example of prayer for, as Paul is for us?

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