A mother wears many hats and, as I have heard many times, “works from sunup to sundown.” We need to clean the house, wash the dishes, cook a healthy dinner, plus take care of the kids. Not to mention, be a happy wife! We love, nurture, and care for others all day long. However, when we fall into bed at night, the kitchen floor may be sticky, the laundry not folded, and dinner a frozen pizza, but if prayers were lifted for our children, the day has been a success.
No matter their age, our kids need our prayers and to learn from the example we set. A toddler or preschooler may mimic our actions, grade school kids may ask questions, and a preteen or teen may be obstinate or act uninterested in what we are doing, but they are all watching us. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Letting prayers permeate the atmosphere of our homes will be the most significant part of our day. Its effectiveness and overriding importance will be evident to our children as we pray with them and for them. It is our responsibility to model faith and trust in a merciful God. As it says in Philippians 4:6, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Taking our needs and our children’s worries and fears to God will be etched into their hearts and minds and will become a natural part of their lives that will be hard to stray from.
By filling our homes with prayer, we are creating a sanctuary. Our children will recognize the peace they feel after returning from school or activities filled with outside influences. Matthew 6:6 tells us, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” Shutting the door to our homes and filling it with praise and worship will be asking His goodness to flow through every room and allowing His blessings to spill over to our children. A mother is the gatekeeper of her home, and there is no better way to insulate the inside than with prayer.
Let us continue to wear every hat our children need, but we must not forget the role they need most: a praying mama. So, be the cook, maid, chauffeur, or nurse, but our checklist is insignificant when it is not accompanied by a house of prayer.
(Information from: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2019 Newsletter – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org)