Counting Down the Omer, Day #28:
(May 12, 2019)
Our breath prayer for today: As you inhale, whisper, “We cry out to You…” As you exhale, whisper, “…from the depths of our hearts!”
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father Who is in secret. And your Father Who sees in secret will reward you. And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” (Matthew 6:5-8, ESV)
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A Prayer for Our Mothers
Heavenly Father, we thank You for blessing our mothers. We declare our thanks and devotion to You for Your goodness and loving kindness towards them. We thank You for creating each of them in Your image. Thank You for Your plans for good and not for disaster, to give them a future and a hope. Lord, You are our God and there is none other, we worship You in the beauty of Your Holiness. You are the true and living God to whom all honor and glory belongs. We will love You, Lord our strength. You are our rock, our fortress and our deliverer. You are our God, our strength in whom we will trust.
Wonderful Father, we declare that our mothers are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus. We confess with holy boldness that our mothers will give their children the Word of God, daily structure, love, discipline, encouragement, healthy lifestyle practices and a good education. As mothers, they will train up their children in the way they should go and when they are old they will not depart from it. We confess that our mothers will not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but they are transformed by the Holy Spirit to do what is good and pleasing and perfect in Your sight. We decree that the fruit of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control is operable in their lives. The light of Jesus is reflected in their actions. We confess that they are virtuous women and their price is far above rubies.
I will pray the following for a mother this month:
Our Father, we ask You to fill our mothers with the knowledge of Your Word in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. Please order their days so that their daily activities are balanced and fruitful. Make the crooked places in their lives straight and perfect those things that concern them. Teach our mothers to develop the individual spiritual gifts and talents of their children. Restore the broken or struggling relationships between mothers and children. Increase Your love in those mother/child(ren) relationships that are doing well. Holy Spirit, comfort those who have experienced the death of their mother and equip us as a Church Family to provide the support that they may need.
Loving Father, forgive our mothers for sins, such as jealousy, gossip, malice, back biting, bitterness and unforgiveness (list any additional sins). Forgive them for not trusting You with their lives. Forgive those for quick tempers and lack of patience. Forgive those mothers who are not raising their children according to Your Word. Forgive those who allow the television, radio, video games, music, older siblings and activities to raise their children. Forgive those mothers for negative words and deeds against their children’s father. Forgive those who are still holding on to past hurts and offenses and refuse to let them go. As for me, forgive me for (list any sins that you have committed). Holy Spirit, remind our mothers of those they need to forgive and help them to be quick to forgive. As for me, Holy Spirit, bring to my remembrance those I need to forgive. (Take a moment and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal names or faces of people that you may need to forgive. As He reveals them, say, “I forgive name of person(s).” Now, trust the Lord to heal any wounds in your soul caused by unforgiveness.)
Holy Spirit, help our mothers not to yield to temptation but deliver them from the evil one.
All glory belongs to You, the only God and Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are Yours before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture References for the Written Text:
Psalm 29:2, Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 18:1-2, Proverbs 22:6, Romans 12:2, Galatians 5:22-23, Matthew 5:14, Proverbs 31:10, Colossians 1:9, Matthew 6:13, Jude 1:25
Concepts to Consider:
In Jesus’ teaching on how we should not pray, we observe a contrast between those who have their prayers and attitudes focused on the Parental heart of God and those who are focused on “getting something from God” by imitating Greek and Roman methods of pagan prayer that pile up “as many titles of the deity addressed as possible, hoping to secure his or her attention. Pagan prayers typically reminded the deity of favors done or sacrifices offered, attempting to get a response from the god on contractual grounds…. Jesus predicates [centers] effective prayer on a relationship of intimacy [with God], not a business partnership model, which was closer to the one followed by ancient paganism.” (Craig S. Keener, The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament)
- Have you ever viewed God more as a “business partner” rather than as your loving Father? Why or why not?
- How does knowing prayer is centered on intimate relationship with God change the way you think about prayer? How will it affect the way you pray?
Optional Time of Centering/Soaking:
If possible, take some time, perhaps 5 to 15 minutes, to get into a comfortable position and simply allow the Lord to minister to you at a deep level (Psalm 42:7). Turn off or put down all distractions. Close your eyes. Hold in your thoughts a meaningful word, phrase, or image from the Scripture you read today. Release all other thoughts and concerns into the Presence of the Lord. If your thoughts wander, that’s okay, just gently return to your Scriptural word, phrase, or image. You may want to set a timer.