Monday, February 18, 2008

The Prayer of a Righteous Woman


For nine months she imagined the little life growing inside of her. Would his hair be black like his daddy's? Would she have ten fingers and toes? Would his smile light up the room? Would her eyes twinkle with joy? For nine months, mama prayed over that little life, prayed prayers of hope and vision.

For five tender years, mama prayed over a tumbling child. Mama prayed for healthy limbs, for fevered brows, for owies real and imagined. She prayed for physical health, for potty training, for discipline, for temper tantrums, for spiritual awareness and for herself most of all. Mama prayed for the strength to be a righteous woman watching over her little chicks.

For five happy years, mama prayed over a growing bright eyed child. Mama prayed for protection from worldly ways, for happy friendships, for encouragement instead of discouragement, for a strong personality, for a love of learning, for eyes to see God all around. Mama prayed that her offspring would become children of her Heavenly Father.

For seven more years, mama will pray through the tumultous years of adolescence, for the growth in individuality, for good choices, for a personal decision to follow Christ, for faith that will make it through the tough times. Mama will keep on praying, day after day through it all.



"Momma prayed, momma cried, momma laid awake at night.
She would fight my battles while I slept away
Cause momma knew life is hard
without somebody on your side
I don't know how, but there is power in the way,
The way my momma prayed."
words and music by Jeremiah Olson of 40milesNorth


Mothers have a distinct priviledge of donning armor each morning and entering into a powerful battle - the battle for little souls. We stand at the forefront of this battle, cheering on our children and standing in for them when they don't even realize it. James says that the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. The diminuitive stance of a woman on her knees looks anything but powerful, but looks are deceiving. This is our one greatest job as a mother. Nothing we do as a disciplinarian, or provider, or comforter will compare to the work accomplished on our knees.

Heather at Titus 2 Woman is our host today for In Other Words.

10 comments:

Lelia Chealey said...

Great reminder of how important it is to lift up our children to God. Thank you Heather!!
Terrific post!

Sita Henderson said...

Needed that reminder today. Now that I have a teenage son and am totally flabbergasted at who took over my little boy who obeyed without questioning, I am drawn to my knees. God did design it that way, didn't He? When you think you have it under control, well, He shows you that You need to go the Father of the most dysfunctional children on earth [ooh..one of them is Sita!] whose wisdom knows no end. I heard that Mrs. Dobson fasted a day a week for her children. I'm not doing nearly enough. Anyway, let me go pray! Thanks, Heather.
Love, Sita

Susan said...

"Nothing we do as a disciplinarian, or provider, or comforter will compare to the work accomplished on our knees.'

Amen and Amen Heather!

Great~

Tonya said...

GREAT WORD! Yes, we ARE at battle (LITERALLY) for our children. GOD gave us the BEST-EVER instruction manual (HIS WORD) and in it we are CLEARLY INSTRUCTED to be a people of PRAYER! (And of course a spanking when needed doesn't hurt either) O:-) He he...

lori said...

As ALWAYS...you say it in the most beautiful and real ways!!!

I put that armor on everyday...
you are so right...on our knees we look anything BUT powerful...what an amazing paradox....
on my knees with you....
praying right along side you!
for those "souls" entrusted to us!

remaining on my knees....
lori

Michelle Bentham said...

So beautiful, so true. Thank you for opening your heart as a mother and a fellow sojourner in Christ. You write eloquently and with a heart that resounds clearly across these internet waves. May He richly bless you and your family as you do battle in faithful prayer!

Michelle

twinklemom said...

Wonderful and inspiring words that are so true!

Denise said...

Awesome post.

Amy L Brooke said...

This was really beautiful!

Lana G! said...

Love it! Great post.