The Power Of A Praying Mother

Today's guest post is by Sarah of A Wife Loved Like The Church.  Sarah is another one of my favorite bloggers, and even inspired me to write my 40 by 40 List.  Sarah has a beautiful, down-to-earth personality and it carries over into her writing.  Her blog is filled with an abundance of faith-based, useful, mom-friendly posts.  When you finish here, be sure to click over to her website and say hello. 

I pray throughout my day. Bits of conversation with God tossed up when I have a spare moment. Prayers for a smooth day. Prayers for patience. Peace. Comfort. My husband’s success. My children’s hearts.

Lately though, I’ve been convicted to really pray for my children. Aside from my husband, I know my two little girls better than anyone else. I know their struggles, their strengths and their weaknesses.

I know that Julia’s heart is sensitive to harsh words spoke by little friends, and Hannah, at times, needs extra physical affection throughout the day. I also know that Julia is struggling to have self control, which leads to outbursts and tantrums. And Hannah is being willfully disobedient. Day in and day out, I learn more and more about them. Their reactions, their responses. What breaks their hearts, what makes them mad, what brings them joy.

As their mother, I am called to train them in the way they need to go {Proverbs 22:6}, teach them discipline and instruction {Ephesians 6:4} and to love them. Always, always being loving to them.

But some days I wake up at a total loss of how to tackle the task at hand. How do you train a 3 year old to have more self control? How do you train a 2 year old to have obedience? What lessons do you teach them? How do you discipline in love?

My only answer : Prayer.

Every morning, I pray for my girls. Pray about the specific struggles they are going through. Pray for wisdom on how to guide them. Pray that I show grace and mercy. Pray that my actions, my responses, my words to them are from God, not Sarah.

Not surprisingly, the more I do this, the more opportunities arise to teach them. Laughingly, as soon as I started praying for specific struggles in their lives, those struggles seemed to increase. Not because God’s not listening, but because He is. How can they learn to overcome these struggles, without going through them? How will I ever learn how to train them, without practice?

And so my prayer for them turns into a prayer for me. Prayers of wisdom, strength and more wisdom. Allowing the Lord to use any moment in my day to show me how to guide these precious gifts, how to point them ever back to Him.

I don’t have it all figured out. I haven’t found the one trick to shaping my girls to be Christ focused lights in this world. But, I have learned this - if I see a heart issue I don’t like, I have to pray about it. I have to dig at it, with God’s Word, with my prayers to Him. Because, if I really want to train my children, have them disciplined and following after the Lord, I have to be praying for them.

Sarah is a Christ-follower, wife, and mother of two girls {3yo, 2yo}, with a baby boy due this fall. She is a lover of baked goods, big dogs, laughter and long naps - when she can get them. When not chasing after her girls, she can be found blogging at A Wife Loved Like the Church.

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Rosann is wife to the man of her dreams and stay-at-home mom to two delightful little girls. Her heart's greatest passions are loving her family well, long-distance running, writing, and pretty much anything dark chocolate peanut butter. Rosann loves to encourage women whose husbands are in a season of unemployment, at her other website Her writing inspiration comes from a strong desire to glorify God while sharing the heart of her journey through a life of faith. She is also the Author of two books - UnEmployed Faith: Clothing Yourself in Strength and Perseverance Through his Season of Unemployment, and Refuel Your Inner SuperMom: A Practical Guide to Getting Your Groove Back.

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