Being a mother is a difficult endeavor. No one who ever had children has said raising them was easy….and if they did, they were fibbing!
We read news articles and we know some mothers are better at parenthood than others. Some of you may have had a great mother. Others of you don’t enjoy Mother’s Day because your mother was not a good mom.
But maybe you’re a mom now and you’re trying hard to be the best mother you can be. I know how hard it can be- I have two little ones of my own.
So I wanted to share these 30 Days Of Prayer For Mothers with you.
You can use them for yourself, or you can share them with a mom you know, even your own mother.
30 Days Of Prayer For Mothers
Day 1: God wants mothers to be honored (Exodus 20:12)
The fifth commandment states we are to “honor our fathers and mothers,” and goes on to say “so that your days may be long upon the earth.” In fact, it’s the only commandment with a promise. Honoring our parents is obviously important to God, and is something we should remember.
Dear Lord, my earthly mother was not a perfect person. We definitely had our share of struggles and disagreements. Please help me to honor her with love and respect, as you would have me do. Please help me to look and find some good things in her that I can focus on, instead of the negatives.
I don’t want a bitter heart, and I know that’s not what you desire for me either. Show me how you would have me display my respect and honor for her.
Lord, help me to be the kind of mother that my children will one day be able to look back on, and say that I was a Godly mother and wife, friend and family member. Not because I was perfect, but because I looked to You each day for guidance, and was obedient to you and your Word.
Please give me a heart of joy and peace, so that I may reflect your heart to others. Help me to be strong when I walk through difficulties, so that I can say it was all You, and not me. So that You will get the honor and glory due Your Name.
Give me wisdom and understanding to make the tough decisions a mother must make each day, not to submit to self, but to rise above my selfishness to minister to those You have placed in my life.
Guard my tongue from slander and gossip and idle words. Let it not be an angry tongue, but a tongue that radiates your loving kindness to others for your honor and glory.
Day 2: God believes mothers are beautiful from within (1 Peter 3:4)
Mothers have an inner beauty and a spirit that shines outwardly. God sees a mother’s inner beauty, which is demonstrated by her love and caring for her children and her family.
Dear God, thank you for the strength each day that comes from You as I need it, to love and care for my children and family. Thank you for the opportunity to be an instrument in your hands to minister and serve others. My body is your temple, and although outward beauty and strength lessen through the years, I pray that my inward beauty, the beauty of my heart, would continue to develop, to get stronger and shine as a light for you through those very same years.
So much of the world’s emphasis is placed on physical beauty, which is also a gift from You, but it was never meant to last forever or to be so important. Inner beauty is what I should strive for, the beauty that will last forever. Let me radiate the true beauty of being like You, Lord. Let me have a pure heart, and a wise mind that follows and obeys You at all times throughout my life, so that my life is truly beautiful in the way the counts, in the way that it points others to You. Help me to have the beauty of a meek and quiet spirit, a forgiving heart, a grateful heart. A heart to serve and give, and not a heart to take and manipulate.
Help my every thought, every word, every action, to be guided by your love, your sacrifice, your beauty. I want my worthless desire for recognition to be rooted out, to be replaced with a desire to recognize, share, obey and honor The One Who is true Beauty, and that is You Lord. You are my Rock and Salvation.
Day 3: God understands the hurting heart of women who struggle to have children (Psalm 113:9)
Some women struggle to become pregnant, and it is difficult for them to celebrate Mother’s Day or see pregnant women. God understands their pain, and is faithful to answer all our prayers. His answer may be yes, no, maybe, or wait, but He always answers. He may also give a woman other children in their lives in which to pour on their love.
Dear Lord, you know my deep longing for a child. A child that I can raise and train and teach to love you. My heart yearns and aches for that, and you know my heart. I want to trust You, and Your will and Your timing, but I’m struggling Lord. Please help me to cling to You when the waves of pain and longing come. Help me to realize that You are enough, and that this is your will for now.
Open my heart to see those around me that I can serve and love on, and help me to be a light for You to them.
If it’s your will that I foster or adopt children, Lord open my heart and the doors to accomplish this. I do know there are so many needy hurting children in this world that need to hear about You, and that need to feel Your love, mercy and grace.
Lord be with my husband as I see the yearning in him for a child to call his own. Give him the strength to bear this waiting, and wrap Your arms of love around him too. Help this time to be a time of spiritual growth for us, and not a detriment to our marriage or our love for you. I would love to carry and have a child of my own dear Lord, but I recognize Your sovereignty and rule over all, and I want Your will above all. Fill my heart with a deep love for You, I pray.
Day 4: God wants mothers to teach their children (Proverbs 6:20)
This doesn’t always mean homeschooling, although that can be wonderful too. God wants mothers to teach their children about the Bible, about living a godly life, and about the practical aspects of life, such as cooking and cleaning.
Dear God, I first want to thank you for these precious gifts you have lent to me in the form of my children. I know they’re not really mine, but yours, Lord. And while you have placed them in my earthly care for now, help me each day to show them You. Your love, your compassion, your strength, your forgiveness, your hope and your word. Help me to teach them to put on the fruits of the Spirit. Guide me in teaching them that the world we live in is constantly in a spiritual war, and how they need to put on the armor of God.
Let me demonstrate to them that their purpose on earth is to glorify you.
Keep them from anxiety and depression and harm. Allow each thing in their life that happens to them to draw them to You, their form of strength.
Give me the grace and strength to teach them the daily chores, that while still living on this earth, we must do. Help me to teach them to be wise with their finances, and to pursue a spouse that loves You more than anything.
Lord, keep their steps from stumbling so that they will have less regrets later on. When they do stumble, please help them to get back up and to keep going, instead of thinking that life is too hard and giving up. Help me to be a support to them as I should, and then help me to let go when the proper time comes.
Help me to treasure each day with them, and to not be impatient. Help me to be a light for You as I raise my children, Lord.
Thank you for your generous gift to me, in the form of my children.
Day 5: God gives mothers the gift of comfort (Isaiah 66:13)
A mother’s hug can comfort us like nothing else. I think God gives us that comfort as an example of the comfort and love He gives to us as Christians. And for those of us who may not have a mother to turn to, we can turn to God for comfort.
Lord, sometimes I feel a distance or coolness from You, and I ask You to forgive me for that. The Bible says You are the Great Comforter, and I need to trust and rest in that fact, even when my feelings aren’t cooperating. Help me to realize that Your love for me is even greater than a parent’s love for their child. Help me to ponder this often, so that it fills my heart to the brim, and I rest in that comfort every day.
Help me to saturate my mind with the truths of Scripture about Your Holiness, steadfastness, and everlasting Love, so that when the waves of doubt come, they don’t overwhelm me.
I miss my mother and father’s care dear Lord, but I always have, and will always have, Your love, and concern and care. You have promised never to leave me or forsake me, Lord, and my responsibility is to believe and accept that into my daily life, through the good times and the bad times. I need to claim the verses in Scripture that portray you as a Comforter, because that is what You are Lord. There is nothing as great as your love for me. You sacrificed your only Son for me, and my job is to claim the truths of Scripture and not doubt. You have it all covered, Lord…past, present and future.
Please give me the consistency to be in your word each day, that I may grow, and that I may always be renewing my mind with the truths of Scripture.
Day 6: God wants us to give our mothers respect and joy (Proverbs 23:22-25)
Our mothers have experiences and information that can benefit us if we listen to what they have to say. God wants us to not forget our parents, but rather listen to their advice, and make them joyful.
In many other cultures, elderly people are given a great deal of respect. Unfortunately, we aren’t teaching our children that same level of respect. Most of the time children aren’t taught how to properly greet adults, or even show them common courtesies. Lord help us to change our thinking about older generations, and to love and value them as we do ourselves, and show and teach our children how to safely and kindly interact with them.
Lord, I thank you for my parents and the wisdom they imparted to me. Bless them for taking me to church as a child, and showing me how important it was to make gathering together as a body of believers a priority. Their diligence was an irreplaceable gift, because I had the privilege of learning about You. Help me to honor my father and mother, and to be patient with them as their minds and bodies age, that I may glorify You by my actions, and give them the respect and honor due them.
Jesus, You showed an example of honoring parents, even when You were dying, when You asked John to take care of your mother. How precious is that. It brings tears to my eyes. Lord, may I have the same love and care for my parents that You demonstrated. It was important to you. In fact you even mention in your word, that those who honor their father and mother may live a long life.
Thank you that You use such nurturing terms in the Bible to describe how we are to care for others: as a Shepherd caring for His sheep, and as a Bridegroom waiting for His bride. You tell me to take care of widows and the fatherless.
In 1 Timothy 5 you admonish me to take care of my family; Lord I pray that I will be obedient to you, and care for my mother and father in the way you would have me to.
Day 7: Mothers have the gift of kindness (Proverbs 11:16)
God wants mothers to have a kind heart, to be kind to their families and others, and gain respect in that way. It shows just how important being kind is.
Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruits of the Spirit that God wants us to put on: “…But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (NASB)
Dear Lord, it’s so important that mothers have a kind heart, that your Holy Spirit listed it specifically in your word. Help me to put on this valuable fruit of the spirit each day, especially as I deal with my precious family, and any others that you put in my path. Let me not see them as interruptions, but as an opportunities to practice kindness.
There are times, God, when I’m tired and aggravated, but please help me not to take those feelings out on others. Help me to take a breath, and think before I speak, and for the words that come out of my mouth to be kind and gentle.
Please guide my steps daily in the godly way to treat my children each and every day. Give me the discipline to be in your word daily, that it will become a priority in my life, so that I may grow in wisdom and mercy. Cleanse my heart and make it pure, so that I will be a light for You to my children and others. Help my actions to radiate your loving kindness. Kindness is akin to love which you say is the “greatest.” So please dear Lord, fill my heart to overflowing with this quality. Let me practice it so that it becomes a genuine quality in my life, in order that I may reflect You to others.
Day 8: Love helps you view your family in a wonderful light, no matter what (I Peter 4:8)
We all make mistakes. We all do less than lovable things. But if we love our families and remember how much we care for them, it will help cover anything they do, and allow us to continue to love and forgive them.
Dear Lord, You have loved me with an everlasting love, and that is a gift I can never repay. Thank you for this free gift of everlasting life. Help me to show my thankfulness and gratitude for this amazing gift from You, by being obedient to You and honoring You with my life. Today Lord, help me to view my family with eyes full of mercy and forgiveness when necessary. When my temper threatens to flare, and harmful words are threatening to come from my mouth, Lord help me to remember your gracious mercy and patience with me, and to allow that to transform my attitude to one of patience and kindness with my family.
More than anything, I want to be a light for You that draws my loved ones to You, and shows them a proper example of how to treat others. My children learn more by watching me than they do by what I say, and I pray that my actions, attitudes and words will be pleasing to You, and that You’ll guide me each and every day. I ask for today that I will see my family as You do.
In John 15:12 You say, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (NASB) This is my fervent prayer dear Lord, that I will love others as You have loved me. That I will be willing to sacrifice my time and my energy for the sake of my family, as You sacrificed Yourself for me and the sins of the world. And in Ephesians 4:32 You sum it up so clearly, “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” (NASB) This is my prayer, Lord.
Day 9: Beauty of a mother goes farther than skin deep (Proverbs 31:30)
Beauty doesn’t last, but a woman’s love of God and her family is what makes her beautiful to God.
Dear God, you know in this day and age that physical beauty is valued more than it should be. Society practically idolizes it, and so it’s difficult to put that desire in its proper place, but I ask you to help me do this. You are clear in Your Word that the inner beauty of a Godly woman’s heart is what I should really strive for, not outward beauty.
1 Peter 3:3-4 says that inner beauty doesn’t fade like outer beauty does, and also that that kind of beauty (inner beauty) is what God values. Since my purpose on earth is to continually aim to be more like Christ, I need to consider what’s most important to You as what’s most important to me. I pray that I will do this dear Lord.
To know how to cultivate inner beauty, I know I only have to look into your Word to see how. It starts with the way I think, and how I train my thoughts to go. In Philippians 4:8 You are clear with what I am to think. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” (NASB)
So dear Lord, I know that I need to take captive, thoughts of jealousy, fear, lust, impatience, greed etc…those are not beautiful to You. Please help me to put those kinds of thoughts out of my mind, and replace them with purity and praise so that I will have the inner beauty that you find valuable. I also pray that my life will reflect these inner beauty qualities to all those you have placed in my life, so that I will be a reflection of You, and that others will see Your love shining through me.
Day 10: Being a mother is blessed by God (Luke 1:46-48)
God has blessed mothers, making them the ones to carry the next generation. We should remember how blessed mothers are, and have a heart of continual praise towards God for his blessings on mothers.
Dear Lord, I thank You for the precious opportunity I have had to be a mother. It certainly is not an easy thing, but it has been a refining tool in my life and has brought me great joy. I feel truly blessed to have had this experience, and I know it’s not over yet. I pray You will give me wisdom each day to be a Godly mother who will teach my children about You and Your love for them. I pray that my children will grow up to love You with their whole heart. Remind me to spend lots of time in prayer for my heart, and my children’s hearts, because You say my prayers are not in vain.
Help me to never underestimate my value as a Godly mother raising my children. The world tends to put value on working outside the home, but I pray that my priorities will value raising my children above material things. I want to remember the great value of my children’s souls, and how limited the amount of time I have with them under my roof, to love on them and train them to love You.
Lord, I thank You for my own mother who taught me about You, and took me to church, and prayed with me. You have said so many times in Your word that I am to honor my mother (and father), and my prayer is that I will do this with Your help. As she gets older and needs me more, help me to be patient and kind and not frustrated with her.
Thank you Lord for the great worth you place on mothers, and help me not to waiver in my realization of the importance of this job.
Day 11: Mothers have the ability to tear down or build up with words and actions (Proverbs 14:1)
Mothers need to be careful with how they act and speak. Their words and actions have the ability to tear down and build up, depending on what is said and done. Which one are we doing daily with our families?
Wow, dear Lord, this is a big one. In James 1:26 (NASB) You say, “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless.”
Lord, I don’t want to deceive my heart into believing that all my words are pleasing to You. I know that at times my tongue, my words, and my attitude are not what they should be.
That is scary to me to realize the harm I could do, especially to my children, if I don’t guard my tongue. Thank you that I don’t have to do this alone. You promise to be with me always, and I pray that You would guard my tongue at all times. Help me also to remember that what comes out of my begins somewhere else first, and that somewhere else is from my heart and mind.
Since my job is to encourage and love those You’ve placed in my care, Lord, guide me diligently to your word every. singe. day. that I might know You, that I might reflect You, and that my heart and mind will be filled with You, so that the words that come out of my mouth will be words of wisdom, love, and guidance.
God you have told children in Ephesians 6:1 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” (NASB) This verse just reinforces to me how much I need Your help, guidance and wisdom in leading my children. Because it’s such an awesome, huge responsibility to BE a woman of Godly character, so that I am worthy of being honored and obeyed by my children.
Thank you again Lord, that I have your divine assistance only a prayer away, in this daunting challenge of being a parent.
Day 12: Money is not the only inheritance children can receive from their mothers (Colossians 3:24)
We can leave our children a legacy that will have eternal repercussions. We should teach them about God, living our lives for Jesus daily, as this is a legacy much more important than anything monetary.
Wow Lord, this is another formidable responsibility You have allowed me to have, of raising my children with eternity in mind. We live on the earth, and share our lives with others, but the most important thing we can do as mothers is to prepare our children’s hearts for eternity.
The thing I dearly want more than life itself, is for my children to know, and love God with their whole heart, for their whole life, so that the love of God may be passed down to the future generations of my family.
Give me the strength to give the inheritance to my children, of godly life lived for you, with precious time spent teaching and showing them, by every word and action, that You love them, and died for them, and that You want a relationship with them.
Yes, I want to give my children everything their hearts desire, but I know that is not what’s best for them. What’s best for them is that I give them You dear Lord, and a strong foundation in knowing what You have done for them, still do for them, and will do for them.
Thank you Lord for the amazing gift of children. Impress on me continually the desire to teach my children, from the time they are still young to be followers of Christ. 2 Timothy 3:15 – “And that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” (NASB)
Day 13: Mothers can teach their children what they’ve learned through experience (Deuteronomy 4:9)
It’s important to God that we remember His teachings. Multiple times throughout the Bible He reminds us to “teach” the next generation. Our experiences should be shared so others can learn from them.
Lord, so often I feel insecure as a mother, but You have given me this role of authority over my children, to love them and teach them, and I pray I will do both well. In John 15:12 You say, “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.” (NASB) Thank you Lord, that your love is forever and unlimited. Thank you that your love for me led You to make the ultimate sacrifice so my sins could be forgiven. Your love is patient and merciful. Lord, let me look to Your example each day as I raise the children You have gifted me with.
Love is an action word, please help me to put my love for my children into action. Help me to sacrifice my time for them. To be firm, but merciful with them. To be conscious that they tend to learn more by my example, whether good or bad, than they do by what I say.
May my actions toward my children reflect all the characteristics of true love. In Galatians 5:22-23 you say, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (NASB) Guide me dear God in developing and practicing these qualities of love in my life, so that I will reflect them to those around me.
There are times God, that in this busy world I live in, that I tend to prioritize other things ahead of You, and ahead of my children. I don’t want to do this, but I know that where I spend most of my time is really where I’m saying I value my time the most. Lord don’t allow me to be blind to the criticalness of my relationship with You, and the awesome importance and responsibility of training my children to know and love You, I pray, Amen.
Day 14: God gives mothers strength to do what is needed (Philippians 4:13)
As mothers, there are days where it seems we can’t go on. God gives us the strength to do ALL things, no matter what they may be, or how we may feel.
Oh Lord, You know my heart even better than I do, because I can deceive myself. Lord You know how weary I am sometimes. I love being a mother, but it is definitely overwhelming and exhausting at times, and there are many times when I have no clue how to handle certain situations that arise with my children. Thank you that I can come to You so often for wisdom.
In Proverbs 9:10a You declare that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,…” (NASB) so I know Lord, that my search for wisdom in raising my children, as well as for living my whole life, should start with You. Lord, give me the discipline and strong desire to be in Your word, and in prayer each and every day, to study how I can please and honor You in the way I live my life.
Thank you for the promise in Philippians 4:13 that “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” (NASB) I’m so thankful that I don’t have to depend on my own strength and discipline in this life. I am weak Lord, but You are strong.
So please strengthen me God, to be each day for my children, as you say in James 1:19-20 “This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.” (NASB) I also love the verse Isaiah 40:31, “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (NASB)
Thank you Lord for Your overwhelming goodness to me.
Day 15: We will reap the rewards of our doing good (Galatians 6:9)
On the days where we feel that, as mothers we are failing, we are also showing love and genuine concern to our families, that will reap rewards in the future we cannot see now.
Lord sometimes I’m tempted by the things of this world, or I’m being selfish or feeling hopeless, and my priorities get out of wack. My fervent prayer is that You would will always bring my attention right back to where it should be. Don’t let me stray far. Thank you for your divine intervention that promises that You will not stop completing your work in my life till I’m with You. (Philippians 1:6)
You don’t stop there Lord, thank you that you also promise to reward me for my faithfulness to You. In Colossians 3:23-24 you say, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” (NASB)
Thank you for your indwelling Holy Spirit in my life, that is at work transforming me to become more like You. Thank you that I am never alone, and that because of You, not only are my labors not in vain, but You will reward them as well. You are so good God. All the time.
Lord I pray that I will do good all the days of my life, starting with today, so that when my life on earth is over, I can say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8 (NASB)
Day 16: We can be a shining light to our families (Philippians 2:14-15)
No matter how small, the things we do for our families and the people around us, if they are done for the glory of God, they will be a shining light to everyone, showing our love for God.
Dear God, because of the unfathomable gift of Your Son, You have given me the privilege of being a light for You, a reflection of You, to my children, husband and family. You haven’t left me to do this alone either, You’ve given your indwelling Holy Spirit to help and guide me to do just that. I have a huge responsibility dear Lord, to lead and influence my loved ones with eternity in mind.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
God, today I ask that You will work your will in me so that others may see your good works and glorify your Father.
May my words to my children and husband be words spoken with love and patience. May my actions be filled with gentleness and goodness. Let me put on all of the fruits of the Spirit, “…love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” (Galatians 5:22-23) (NASB)
When I’m feeling overwhelmed, and thinking that I just can’t do it anymore Lord, remind me to go to You in prayer, and to your Word, for the daily and sometimes hourly bread, that I need to stay strong in my faith and determination to be a light for You.
Day 17: God helps us through those days when we feel like nothing we do is right (Isaiah 41:13)
Some days it seems everything is going backwards and sideways and even upside down! But you know what? God is with you even on those days, and is holding your hand and helping you through all the problems.
Thank you Lord for this verse: Isaiah 41:13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
Wow! Thank you again Lord, that because I know your word is true, I can completely rest in the fact that You tell me not to fear, and that You will help me! Your word is your promise! Thank you so much for the gift of these words and for the immeasurable gift of You.
I am never alone, and will never be alone the rest of my life because You are with me, continually upholding me and helping me. Lord, it’s almost too much for me to comprehend, that the God, the Creator of the universe is with me every second of the day, and will work all things for my good. That is so awesome!
It’s truly a Gift I don’t deserve, but am so grateful for. Lord, help my life reflect the gratefulness of my heart for your goodness to me, and your continual presence with me.
The verse in Isaiah 41:13 is not nearly the only verse where You promise your presence and help. In Psalm 41:12 You also say, “As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, and You set me in Your presence forever.” New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Lord, thank you for your forgiveness of my sins, and thank you that there is nothing I can do to separate myself from your love, or your presence.
You, dear Lord, are truly an awesome God, and my Rock and my Strength, forever and ever. Amen
Day 18: God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
It’s scary being a mother. We’re never sure if we’re doing the right thing. We’re worried about our children growing up to be godly adults. But God is there to help us through those times when we’re not at all sure what to do.
Thank you Lord, that You have given me a spirit of power, love and discipline, and that You don’t want your children to fear. In fact You command us not to.
In your word, in Joshua 1:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) You say, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Lord, help me in disciplining my mind to not let myself take a fear thought and dwell on it, and build on it till it consumes me. Instead, help me to take each of those thoughts captive, and to give them to You. To trust and be courageous that whatever I’m going through, You are with me, and will CONTINUALLY be with me.
Thank you that I never will have to face trials on my own, and that You the God and Creator of the universe, by your indwelling Holy Spirit, will lead me and guide me to do the right things.
You speak about fear and courage so much in your word, so I know this is something You take very seriously. You reassure your children so much. Help me to claim and stand strong on your promises, that You will help and hold me, like You say in Isaiah 41:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB), “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Thank you for your many promises.
Day 19: God will give us strength to see us through the toughest days (Isaiah 40:31)
When we’re tired, cranky, and we don’t think we can go one. more. step. God is there. We should go to Him, and ask Him for strength, and He will help us make it through when our own human strength is gone.
I love this passage Lord, Isaiah 40:31 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.”
You promise to give me strength if I am trusting in You. Help me Lord, to wait on You, by seeking You and being obedient to You. Help me not to take things into my own hands, and make decisions based on selfishness or greed, but to instead make decisions by what You have to say in your word.
Lead me and guide me Lord, and keep me faithful to You, so that by your grace, I can receive daily strength from You.
Thank you for your gracious gift of the indwelling Holy Spirit in my life, and the gift of your holy word. You are so good to me Lord.
Thank you for all the armor of God that is available to me to help me through this life. Ephesians 6:14-18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel…”
Day 20: God knows the future so we don’t have to (Ephesians 2:10)
It’s hard not to wonder and worry about the future. We don’t know what will happen – but GOD does. We can trust that God has only our best interests in His mind, and trust Him to lead us into His future for us.
Psalm 139:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all.” God, I know I can trust You for my future because You loved me BEFORE I loved You. 1 John 4:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
“We love, because He first loved us.”
Wow, You loved me first. Lord, thank you for the gift of salvation, that I have done nothing to earn, and that You have ordained from the foundation of the world. Thank you Lord, that I do not take a step without You knowing it. Thank you also for your sovereignty, and that You will work all things for my good and Your glory.
Lord, show me each and every day how I can best serve You out of my love for You, and my gratefulness for all that You have done for me. You created me to serve. You have given me the privilege to serve You through my good works. Ephesians 2:10 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Because You know the future, and have the future in your more than capable hands Lord, that frees me from worry and fear. When I give my worry and fear to You, I can serve You freely and joyfully. Help me to REST in these promises, of your knowledge and control of the future, so I can more effectively be a light and a testimony for you.
Day 21: Take time to enjoy the little things of life (Ecclesiastes 2:24)
It can be so easy to get overwhelmed by our massive “to do” lists that we lose track of the little joys in life – a painting by our child, time for a cookie together, a hug for our husband. Take time to enjoy the small things, and they’ll give you strength to go on.
Work is truly a gift from You Lord, it gives me the satisfaction of a job well done, and helps me to provide for my family, and allows me to give generously to others. But I know that sometimes I have a tendency to make it the most important thing in my life, and that is not what you have intended. You took time to be alone and to refresh, after being with your disciples and ministering to crowds of people. And in Luke 10:42 You told Martha that Mary had chosen the good part, by coming over to minister to Jesus instead of rushing about and preparing for guests.
Lord, especially as a mother, I don’t want to miss the fleeing moments with my children whom You have gifted me with. I want to enjoy the special moments, and even the ordinary moments and teaching moments. Help me to always be mindful of the proper priorities in my life, and how best to use my time each and every day.
I don’t want to come down to the end of my life God, and feel that I have “missed the boat” in my relationship with You or my loved ones, and I want to be a good example to my children of how to live for You.
In Proverbs 16:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB) it says, “The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” This is my prayer Lord, that You will direct my steps each and every day in the way You would have me go. That I would take the time for meditating on You and Your goodness to me, through the gifts of salvation, eternal life, the beauty in nature, and the lives of my children and husband.
Day 22: God has wonderful plans for the future of you and your family (Jeremiah 29:11)
God has your future planned, to give you hope and peace. He had it planned before the foundation of the world! And all He has in His plans for you, are good!
I love this verse Lord, because it often reminds me that You are with me ALWAYS, every second of the day and night, and that no matter what difficulties come into my life, that my future is planned out by You, Who will never leave me or forsake me. And that even though life on this earth my be difficult, this earth is not my final home. With your promise of eternity with You, I have incomparable awesomeness to look forward to after my life on earth is over.
Help me to rest dear Lord, in the promises from You, that while I am living on this earth, I have your constant, abiding presence to lead and guide me, to comfort me, and to give me rest. There are days Lord, that I don’t always FEEL your rest, but on those days, please help me to claim the promises in your word, no matter how I feel emotionally. Emotions come and go, but the truth of your word always stands strong, and I need help to focus and claim victory.
A verse that I claim often Lord, is Romans 8:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Thank you for this verse God, as it comforts me so many times, that my life is in your hands, and that You are more than able to work things out for my good and your glory. You are truly an awesome God, and I give you praise.
Day 23: God wants children to be proud of their mothers (Proverbs 17:6)
God wants mothers to be their children’s pride, and so we should always endeavor to give them something (spiritual and character traits) to be proud of us for.
Lord, even though I want my children to be proud of me, it’s more important that I raise them to glorify you. What a huge responsibility this is. Thank you that I don’t have to do this in my own strength, which I would never be able to do anyway.
Thank you for the verses in Ephesians 6:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.” Those words are pretty clear, dear Lord, and I pray that I will honor my parents still, even though I’m a grown woman. Help me to listen and be sensitive to them, instead of thinking they’re too old to know things, and to have feelings and emotions.
Help me to remember that everything I do and say, to or about my parents should be honoring to them and to You, and also dear Lord to remember that my children are watching my example more than they’re hearing my words.
Thank you Lord, that in some cultures the elderly are viewed with great respect and as sources of wisdom. Lord I pray that we may see this in our land as well, instead of viewing the elderly as people to be shut away in nursing homes till they die. This time in my life of still having children at home, and parents who are starting to weaken with age, is a difficult one with lots of responsibility God, and I pray for your strength, wisdom and courage to face each day as You would have me.
Day 24: My days are numbered so I need to use them wisely (Psalm 90:12)
Life is full and busier than ever, so I need to seek God’s wisdom each day to choose the right priorities for my children and myself.
Lord, in your word you say that children are a gift, a reward from You. Psalm 127:3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
I know I don’t always see my children in this way, as a gift or reward. Lord, my prayer is that You will continually remind me that they are indeed a blessing from You to me, and that I only have them on loan. They really belong to You, but You have entrusted me for a brief time on earth to care for them and to teach them to love You.
So many times I’m tempted Lord, to spend my time elsewhere, instead of doing the hard work of training my children. Help me to be unselfish, and to always see You and my husband and children, as the proper priorities. I know this doesn’t mean centering my world around my children, but to view them as the treasures they are from You. To take the time each day to nurture, love and raise them to be godly individuals that will be a spiritual legacy of your love, grace and mercy. Psalm 78:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “We will not conceal them from their children, but tell to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.”
Thank you Lord that my reward of teaching my children about You will be joy as they walk in your truth. 3 John 4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.”
Day 25: Honoring your mother allows the Lord to help you (Ephesians 6:1-3)
Giving honor isn’t always easy, but this verse tells us the Lord will help us if we honor our mothers in the way that He wants us to.
Ephesians 6:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth.
To a great extent, my children’s obedience and honor to me, start with me. I am responsible to You God in how I bring them up.
Teaching my children to obey me is crucial, so that when they are old enough and mature enough to be accountable for their own selves, they will be able to obey their heavenly Father. Just as they honor me by obeying me, they are pleasing You as well. Colossians 3:20 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.”
Lord, I know honoring parents is important to You, because You mention it so many times throughout Scripture, and it’s included in Exodus 20:12 as one of the commandments. You want me to honor my parents, and my children to obey me as their mother. Lord, help me to be a godly woman of integrity, discipline and kindness, so I can be a light to my children of your loving kindness. Help me to never fail to tell them about You and your sacrifice on their behalf. I pray they will see your love for them through my actions, and give the glory to You.
Thank you Lord for the promises in Scripture that give me and each one your children, the extra motivation to continue to strive to live for you.
Day 26: As mothers, we should learn from older women who have been mothers (Titus 2:3-5)
Experienced, older women, such as our own mothers and grandmothers, or other women whom we love and admire, can be a fountain of information for us in all things, from homemaking, to living for God, and loving our husbands. We should use that information before us to learn all that we possibly can.
Wow, dear Lord, this passage in Titus is so full of wisdom, and a blueprint really of how to discipline myself, so that my life can be a testament to You and to bring You glory. Titus 2:3-5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, not malicious gossips nor enslaved to much wine, teaching what is good, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”
While I may not have reached the age of “older women” yet, I am older than some, whether by age or spiritual knowledge, dear God, and I pray that You would help me to be faithful in my walk with You, that I may grow into someone You can use for your honor and glory. Help me to “bloom” wherever I find You have planted me, and that I will reach out to others to serve and bless, however You would have me to.
I love You Lord, and want to be used by You for your honor and glory and not my own. Help me to always remember that this present world isn’t my home, and so I need to be storing up treasures in heaven, instead of earthly treasures that will be destroyed. Matthew 6:19 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.”
Day 27: God knew us before we ever left our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13)
This verse is so amazing. God formed us, “knit” us together before we were ever born. He knows everything about us, and can help us through anything we may face as a mother.
Dear God, I know sometimes I feel like I know better than You, the way the way that I should take. There are hard things that You’ve allowed me to go through, and times I think I would never have chosen this for me to endure. But during those times, and always, I need to remember that You are sovereign, and You know me better than I know myself. You created me. You knew me before I was born. You know the beginning and end. You know all. How can I ever suppose to doubt that You, and You alone, know what is best for me, and not only me, but my precious children and loved ones too.
In Matthew 10:29-31 New American Standard Bible (NASB) You say “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
When I think of how many sparrows there must be in this world, and yet You know everything about them, but You love and care for me more, it’s so humbling. You created me to worship You Lord, not to doubt You, and certainly not to think I know better what the plan for my life should be. Help me to trust Lord and not to doubt. Help me to trust that whatever You allow into my life, You can, and will, work it for your glory and my good.
Thank you God for that promise, and for your constant care and protection over my life and my children’s lives.
Day 28: God wants those in your house to serve Him (Joshua 24:15)
We all want the best for our families. And the best would be for everyone in the family to serve the Lord, to follow His teachings, and to live for Him to ensure the best of everything He has for us. This is indeed an awesome responsibility. Awesome in magnitude, and awesome in God’s goodness to me.
Lord, my prayer is that the legacy of You and your love will not stop with me, but that I will pass this on to my children, to share with their children one day, and for my future grandchildren to share with their children. Please always work in the hearts of my successive generations that they may always seek You, and recognize You as the true and living God, that we are to serve.
God, I love the passage in Psalm 100 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting, and His faithfulness to all generations.”
Help me to live and teach the ways of this passage, to shout joyfully to You, to serve You with gladness. To know and remember that I am your creation and my children are as well. Let me give You thanks and praise. Allow me, by your continual grace and mercy, to be a strong light to my children of your love and grace and mercy. Thank you Lord that You are loving and kind and faithful to me, and that You will be to the generations to come.
Day 29: Children are a gift from God (Psalm 127:3)
Children should be considered a gift from God, a legacy that we can leave on this earth to carry forward our love, our teachings, and our family values.
In Psalm 127:3 Lord, You very clearly say that children are a gift, a reward. Of course that doesn’t mean my children are perfect. But it does mean they are a blessing from You God, and that is how I want to see them, as through your loving heavenly Father eyes.
I still struggle with my sin nature, and yet You know this, and gave me children to raise in spite of my struggles. I know my children see my failures too Lord, but help me to teach them about your forgiveness and compassion and mercy. They need to know these things so that when they fail, they can ask for your forgiveness too, and carry on instead of giving up.
Help me to show them that because of your Holy Spirit living in me, I can grow spiritually, and put on and live the fruits of the Spirit before them. I pray that they grow to know and love You with their whole hearts. Give me wisdom each day to lead them in your truths. Help me not to be prideful, but to point them to giving You honor and glory for all the things good in their lives.
Thank you Lord for allowing me and choosing me to be your child. Thank you for the blessing of children, and that because You chose me, I can raise my children in the knowledge and hope of You. That You spared us the hopelessness of a life lived without You. Lord, I pray that my future generations will be obedient followers of You, and be blessed by You. Genesis 22:18 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Day 30: Our days are short on this earth, and we should make them count (Psalm 90:12)
It’s so easy to think we can live forever. We need to remember our days are numbered, and use them to do as much good, share as much love, have as much fun with our families and our friends as we can, while sharing God’s love and care.
Lord when my kids were tiny, sometimes the days felt like they would last forever. Many times I was weary, and wondered how on earth I would be able to not only keep them alive till they were grown, but on top of that, to do a good job as a mother. The responsibilities of a mom are so many: to feed my children nutritiously, keep them clean and clothed, to help them be active and strong and smart and kind, and on and on.
Now that my children are a bit older God, it’s easier to see that the years do indeed go by quickly, and that my time with them as children is limited. I have 18 summers with them living in my home if You so will, and as they get older they may start working a job, and I’ll have even less time.
Help me each day, especially on the tough ones, to be a light to my children, an example of your love, and your mercy, and your faithfulness. Help me to remember that their first glimpse of You is what they see in me, in my actions and attitudes.
Help me to teach them to obey me, so they will one day obey You (Ephesians 6:1). Guide me in not creating anger in their hearts. Ephesians 6:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Thank you for the amazing opportunity to love and serve You with my life, and I pray that I will love you with all my heart, soul and mind, as You say in Deuteronomy 6:5 New American Standard Bible (NASB) “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.”
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