Mother’s Day can be a day of great rejoicing and great sadness. For pastors and worship leaders, it demands great sensitivity and wisdom as you plan on how to honor mothers corporately. I have found that the best way is to pray for them.
Here is one attempt at praying for moms who are at many different junctures on the journey:
On this Mother’s Day, we acknowledge that
there is no nobler career than that of motherhood…
We thank you for our moms and ask that you would increase the number
of converted, heaven-inspired and praying mothers in our midst.
You call us to weep with those mothers who weep.
Therefore, we pray for those mothers who have lost a child in death.
Assure them that You are a God who is familiar with suffering
and well acquainted with grief.
Comfort those mothers who have experienced loss through miscarriage,
failed adoptions, or children who run away from all that we hold dear.
Lord Jesus, walk with those who walk the hard path of infertility…
that is fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment.
We pray for those who have lost their mothers.
Even today may they grieve their loss with hope
knowing that in every change You faithful will remain.
For those women who are single and long to be married
and mothering their own children, we pray that You would grant them
the grace to wait upon You for Your provision
and that you might provide for them more than they could ask or imagine.
We pray for those mothers who have aborted children.
Bring the healing balm of your gospel of grace and pardon to their consciences.
Thank you Jesus that there is no condemnation for those who are in you.
You call us to rejoice with those mothers who rejoice!
We thank You for those moms who have given birth this year to children.
May they acknowledge that every good gift comes from you.
We thank You for the foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms in our midst.
We rejoice with those mothers whose children are walking in the truth of the gospel.
You call us to pray for our mothers!
We pray for those mothers who are doing parenthood alone. Grant them your incredible perseverance and the encouragement of Your presence and Word.
Make our mothers women of noble character whose worth far exceeds rare and expensive jewels.” May our moms love Jesus more today than they did yesterday.
Give our mothers a proper perspective of the future. May they smile at the future as You give them grace to cast all their cares upon You.
Develop our mothers into faithful, wise and kind teachers of Your truth.
May our mothers have a proper perspective on their outward appearance Free them from an undue focus on externals for You do not look on the outward appearance, but on the heart.
May our mothers grow in their knowledge and fear of You.
We pray all of this for your great glory
and for the flourishing of our moms
and the families for which they care, in Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Psalm 78 offers a simple guideline for all of us moms and dads in nurturing in our children a love for the Lord.
I. Model the truths of God’s Word (Believe and model the gospel.)
- An Old Testament Model for Contemporary Moms and Dads
- David shepherded and guided the people of God (Psalm 78:72) HOW?
- According to the integrity of his heart. תֹּם
- Webster’s tells us integrity means “an unimpaired condition.” It means to be sound. The Hebrew word for integrity, tom, also means to be complete or solid.So he shepherded them according to the integrity [tom] of his heart,
And guided them with his skillful hands. (Psalm 78:72)
“Integrity is completeness or soundness. You have integrity if you complete a job even when no one is looking. You have integrity if you keep your word even when no one checks up on you. You have integrity if you keep your promises. Integrity means the absence of duplicity and is the opposite of hypocrisy. If you are a person of integrity, you will do what you say. What you declare, you will do your best to be. Integrity also includes financial accountability, personal reliability, and private purity. A person with integrity does not manipulate others. He or she is not prone to arrogance or self-praise. Integrity even invites constructive and necessary criticism because it applauds accountability. It’s sound. It’s solid. It’s complete.” (Chuck Swindoll)
- With wisdom (skillful hands).
II. Transfer the truths of God’s Word (Communicate the gospel – Psalm 78:1-8) What specifically are we to intentionally share with our kids?
The praises of the Lord (v.4).
His strength (v.4)
His wondrous works (v.4, 12-72)
- God’s deliverance from bondage – the exodus (12-16).
- God’s provision of refreshing water from the rock and bread from heaven – manna in the wilderness (17-29).
- God’s leading and protection of His people (43-53).
His word (the Law) (v.5) – He is faithful to fulfill His covenant promise
Who has the primary responsibility to transfer these things? DADS
- (Deuteronomy 6:6-9 — These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.)
And to whom are we to transfer them?
- Our children (v.5)
- The generation to come (v.6)
- Children yet to be born (v.6)
What is our purpose in doing this?
- That our children might be equipped to disciple their children (Arise and tell… (v.6).
That they might develop the capacity to trust God (v.7). In what/whom are they to put their confidence? Question: By your lifestyle and choices, in what other things might your children put their confidence? Education, money, material possessions, or appearance?
- That they might make worship of God their ultimate priority. The Israelites aroused God’s jealousy with their graven images (78:58).
- That they might not be like their forefathers (v.8).
- That they may not forget His works (v.7) What was the major problem with the people of Israel? And what’s our biggest problem?
Spiritual Amnesia: They and we have a short memory (Deut.4:9).
What are some of the characteristics that we and our children are called to avoid or set aside?
- Stubbornness and rebelliousness (v.8a)
- Lack of attention to heart issues (v.8b)
- Lack of faithfulness in keeping covenant with God (v.8c)