Motherhood is a special grace and unique challenge. For so many mothers, the helplessness of seeing their children struggle or make bad choices is a heart wrenching and longstanding grief. Separation, sickness, crime, addictions, abuse – a mother’s heart feels the pain of her children as if it were her own.
When two English grandmothers, Veronica and her sister-in-law Sandra, responded to a call from the Lord to pray in a special way for their children, they did not anticipate founding a world-wide movement. Choosing consciously to trust in the Lord’s words ‘Ask and you will receive’, they sought simply to bring the pain and worries they had for their children and grandchildren to God.
Before long, more mothers joined them and other groups formed; ‘Mother’s Prayers’ had begun and soon spread overseas. Today, Mother’s Prayers is in 90 countries worldwide.
Check out mothersprayer.org for more information, resources and prayer groups.
Lord Jesus, we come before you as mothers,
wanting you to bless our children and all children throughout the world.
We thank you for our children – they are a precious gift to us.
Help us, always to remember this, especially when they are in difficulties.
Lord, they live in a troubled world – a world that does not always acknowledge you,
– a world that may sometimes cause them to be laughed at if they admit to belief in you.
Help them to be strong, Lord.
Help us to know that you are always with us
– sharing in the joys and in the sorrows,
joining us in the laughter and weeping with us in the pain.
Please give us all the graces we need to fulfil your plans for our lives
and for our duties in our families.
You are Almighty God. You can change things.
So we turn to you in faith and love knowing that you will answer our prayers.
Lord let us always remember how much you love us and our children
and how you urge us to come to you with our problems.
As featured in the May 2011 edition of CathFamily E-Magazine.
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