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Marriner’s Moment: Mothers Emerging Through Faithful Prayer – Pt. 4

Most of us can thank our mothers for the faith that we have today. Many of us have had the privilege and blessing of watching our mothers and surrogate mothers read the bible and engage in prayer. Some of us hold dear to our hearts, memories of them teaching us Scripture, or praying with us at night as we prepare to bed. While we may have walked away from that faith at some point in our lives, like the prodigal son, most of us return ‘home’ to the faithful foundation that is rooted in our upbringing.

Without a doubt, our mothers helped shape who we are today. We learned from the examples they set, as well as from their mistakes. Moreover, as some of us struggle to raise our own children today, we now have a greater appreciation of the challenges they faced raising us.

There are those among us today that feel especially blessed for the upbringing we had and for having had mothers in our lives; we have a great appreciation for the love and sacrifices they made for us.

Raising a child is not an easy undertaking—in fact, sometimes it becomes all consuming, tiresome and bittersweet. It can be a painful experience to watch children going in a direction opposite of what we feel is best for them. And, were it not for the faithful prayers of many of our mothers, some of us know that our outcomes would have been vastly different.

Overwhelmed, there are mothers among us who gave their children over to the Lord—trusting Him for the outcome. Praying mothers know that they have God’s promise that if they raise and train children in the way they should go, when they are old they will not depart from them (Prov. 22:6). Though they may stray as trying to find their own way in life, they will return to what was instilled in them (2 Tim. 3:15). Those are promises from God!

Mothers and surrogates who are wise, kind and faithful to God stand on those promises. And because of them, many of us know what true love, faithfulness and strength looks like. We also understand the power of prayer because we have seen our mothers emerge victoriously through their faithful prayers.
”Peace and power.

© Dr. Melvin O. Marriner,
Grove Church
May 2017

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