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Apr16TueApril 16, 2019 By the TWR Women's Ministry Team
Praying for Mothers
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Mothers hold the future in their hands. A substantial portion of their lives is spent nurturing future teachers, doctors, pastors, business owners, politicians and citizens pursuing countless other occupations. In addition, most of their sons will become husbands and fathers, and many of their daughters will become wives and mothers.
Mothers typically have the primary responsibility for making sure that their children get the nutrition, guidance, education and health care they need to grow up to be healthy, thriving adults. From conception, babies receive nutrients from their mothers. As infants, babies learn about their world while developing attitudes and reactions that will direct their futures. Children and teenagers learn from their mothers what is acceptable behaviour – and what is not. Mothers have enormous responsibilities, and too often their sacrifices are not appreciated as they face insurmountable challenges.
Every morning, millions of mothers and their children start their day in dirty clothes because water for washing clothing is limited. Bushes or pots must serve as their toilets, a reality that is not just an inconvenience but also a safety risk. They can bathe or wash only their faces if they saved water from the day before. Making breakfast or coffee to help start their day also will depend on what water is left from the night before. The mothers, or their daughters, will most likely need to walk several kilometers to fetch water for the day's cooking, drinking and care of family members. The water is not clean enough to consume, so they will strain it through cloth and then boil it for 20 minutes to kill the worms and germs that lead to diseases – many times fatal.
Millions of mothers do not have a Christian role model or have never received training on how to properly care for a baby, to make nutritious food, to keep their families healthy, to sew or to teach moral values to their children.
Let us pray this month for more mothers to come to know the Lord and to look to him for wisdom, strength and encouragement as they shape the world’s future through the lives of their children.
Please pray for ...
1. Mothers to experience a relationship with God and have confidence that he loves them and will guide them as they show their children how to honor him in all they do.
2. Mothers to make caring for their children a priority in their lives and to realize the major responsibility they have for shaping their children’s attitudes and beliefs about God, other people, cultural practices and values.
3. Community leaders to provide skilled health workers and medical equipment to prevent complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
4. Mothers to teach their children to plan for their adult lives and set priorities so that they will honour God with their choices of a spouse and career.
5. Mothers in North Korea who, according to a U.N. Human Rights Council report, have suffered unspeakable atrocities such as being forced to drown their own babies, being imprisoned with their children, or being starved, raped and tortured.
6. Mothers to choose life for their unborn children instead of abortion.
7. Single mothers and mothers abandoned by their children’s fathers to find care and help from Christians offering hope for a better future through God’s love and grace.
8. Mothers and fathers to value their daughters and to show love and encouragement to those who remain single even when this is considered an embarrassment in some cultures.
9. Mothers to lead their children to understand God’s gift of salvation and to show them that God can use them to do great things for eternity.
10. Children of all ages to show their mothers appreciation, love and respect for giving them life, loving them unconditionally and providing for them sacrificially.
11. The power of the gospel to touch the hearts and lives of mothers who are deceived by false religions and ideologies.
12. Mothers and grandmothers to reject the custom of female genital mutilation, which is still practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries.
13. Young girls who were forced to marry as children and who had babies as teenagers, causing many to suffer health issues.
14. Women to courageously unite to help community leaders understand the importance of protecting women from rape and from the threat of unprotected relations with spouses who may be infected with HIV.
15. The provision of better health care to prevent deaths worldwide that result from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.
16. Women who have lost their babies through miscarriages and are grieving the children they never held.
17. Unemployed mothers who are struggling to feed their children.
18. Pray that anguish, guilt, anger and depression will not overcome mothers who are grieving because of the death of a child.
19. Local groups whose purpose is to teach young mothers how to take care of their babies and to encourage them to return to school and strive for a better future.
20. Mothers, particularly those who do not read, to hear of God’s love for them through our Women of Hope program.
21. Women to discover hope in Christ instead of turning to alcohol.
22. God’s provision and grace for women who have not yet been able to conceive a child.
23. Women and girls to receive the information and support they need to prevent pregnancies that come too soon or too often. They need to be able to better care for their own health and the health of their babies.
24. Parents and local officials to encourage girls to stay in school, to discourage them from early marriage and to promote the development of decent jobs in which young women can build their productivity.
25. Husbands and fathers to understand their responsibilities and to experience the joy of taking care of their families.
26. Women who desire to adopt and give orphans the love and care they deserve.
27. God’s blessings and provision for those who welcome into their homes children who have lost their parents because of war, HIV/AIDS or extreme poverty.
28. Christian mothers who have left their homes with their children because they fear that anti-Christian relatives and neighbours will harm them.
29. Christian mothers who are trying to raise their children to know and love God even though their husbands and families follow other religious beliefs.
30. Mothers to teach their children that wealth will not satisfy their deepest needs but that Christ can give them true purpose and fill their emptiness.
31. Mothers who have given up their children for adoption or sold them because they could not provide food and homes for them.