Did not get as much time this March and April 2021 to write my personal views/opinions from topics on my mind. A drastic change on the job to work in South Philly, plus fixing some of my other websites and Church Life took up a lot on my time. But for May and Mother’s Day 2021 I would like to endorse: “When Mom Doesn’t Pray” by Mary Loudermilk. God bless all Mothers everywhere…in Jesus Name.
“When Mom Doesn’t Pray” by Mary Loudermilk.
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:9-10, ESV).
Not every mom prays for her child. Not every mom knows how to pray for her child. Perhaps she does not attend church, has never been taught about God, or isn’t in the picture at all (death, divorce, abandonment).
But everyone, regardless of age or circumstance, needs to have someone praying for them! That someone could be you or me.
I’m not sure when I first really thought about the children who come to church alone. Some are brought by neighbors or friends. Others may arrive in church vans as part of an outreach program. Or a teen may attend with a school friend. Whatever way they arrive at the church door, they need someone covering them in prayer.
Let me tell you about just a couple of these kids. (I’ve changed their names.)
A friend brought Joey to church when he was about eleven years old. He came from a rather rough neighborhood, and his father owned a bar. When Joey asked to be baptized, his parents objected for a good while but finally gave permission. Joey loved church and came faithfully. I still remember seeing him proudly singing in the choir one Sunday morning. He looked so happy. Then one day he was gone. I never learned if the family moved or just what happened. Joey would be in his thirties now, but I’ve never forgotten the eager boy who loved our church. I pray wherever life has taken him that God will lead him back to the experience he had as a child. I call his name in prayer.
Grandma and Grandpa often brough their grandson, Kyle, to church with them. His mom had been raised on a church pew but married an unbeliever. Now, with her son attending church, mom made her way back to God. The father did his best to distract the boy by planning father/son activities on Sundays. When mom became ill and passed away, the father pulled the boy completely away from the church. Mom and the grandparents prayed while alive, but who will pray for Kyle now?
A number of those I pray for are now adults. Some were my Sunday school students. A few are the children of now deceased friends. Or, a parent may have drifted away from God, leaving the children without a godly influence in their lives. Even when parents still serve the Lord and faithfully cover their child with prayer, there is power when we bind together. Prayer is never wasted.
How do you pray for someone else’s child? The same way you pray for your own. Pray for their salvation, protection, friendships. Pray they make wise choices in life. Pray for their faithfulness, integrity, purity. Just pray — because prayer does make a difference.
“The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16, NKJV).
Note: Mary Loudermilk, who resides in Hazelwood, Missouri, enjoys time spent with friends and rambles down back roads. If there’s a tearoom or interesting restaurant along the way, so much the better. She is a devotional writer for Reflections Magazine and the More to Life website (https://www.moretolifetoday.net/).
(Posted information from: Ladies Prayer Intl May 2021 Newsletter – UPCI Ladies Ministries – email@example.com)