Summary: A Mother's Day sermon based on Hannah's prayer in 1 Samuel 1:27
“FOR THIS CHILD I PRAYED” 1 Sam. 1:27
FBCF – 5/10/20
INTRO – American Rifleman magazine cover article: “The Men & Guns of Iwo Jima.” Another article could be written & entitled, “The Women & Guns of Prayer” b/c I believe that the power of a mother’s prayer is arguably one of the most powerful forces on earth.
Many of us have had the blessing of having a praying mother in our lives & many of you women are powerful prayer warriors for your kids. I asked you to share some of your stories & was inundated w/ so many of your experiences:
- Bart: Family living in Seattle – his mom living in Alabama. He had just gotten an unexpected bill in the mail & didn’t have the $ to pay it. His mother called him & said that she had put a check in the mail for X amount of $. Said she’d been praying & felt led to send that amount of $. It was the EXACT amount they needed for that unexpected bill.
- Other stories from some of you about how your mom prayed through your times of rebellion, the times you were running away from Lord, the times when you were making decisions that had the potential to destroy your life. And your mom kept praying. And now, as one of you wrote, “Here I am now - inseparable from Him, raising MY kids in church, and leading women’s Bible study. Thanks to a faithful God and the steadfast prayers of my mama.”
- Both of my brothers & I have so many stories & experiences of our Mama praying for us in job situations, family struggles, worrisome situations w/ our kids, etc. At 82 yrs of age, she’s still one of our main prayer warriors. Regularly call her & when she answers the phone, I say, “Mama, I need you to pray about something.” “Ok. What is it?”
- Pastor friend: Childhood – tornado going over their home. Mother told him to get down on knees & pray for protection. That’s what they did. After tornado passed, she said, “That’s what happens when we humble ourselves & pray.”
- My own 3 children giving testimony of KNOWING that their Mama was & is always praying for them:
o Reese: “It’s always been kinda weirdly reassuring that I know she usually shoulders my burdens even more so than I do or than I want her to sometimes…It is always in the back of my mind that I know that I’m not the only one telling God about all the stuff my house is going through.”
o Russ: “I knew she was always praying for me…When I accepted my call to the ministry, she would always talk to me about it & pray for me while I was preaching…Ever since I started dating Emileigh, I knew that Mama was praying for us.”
o Rachel: “During our wait for Anderson & Cameron…She always told me after my miscarriage that when she passed my road going to work in the mornings, she’d start praying for us…[in school] she was praying not to strangle me when she was trying to help me w/ my math homework!”
And then some of you moms shared your stories w/ me of how YOU’VE prayed for your kids at different times & in different circumstances:
- Some of you have been through harrowing experiences w/critical, life-threatening situations w/ your children:
o Newborn daughter who battled meningitis & almost died, but is well & healthy today, & almost a year old.
o A 10-month old child who was diagnosed w/ a debilitating, crippling disease & not expected to ever walk, ever have children, or ever be potty-trained, but went on to be a healthy cheerleader, & will soon be a mom.
- And then to read how you moms are praying for your kids now:
o “I learned two years ago when I was saved there’s no greater love a mother can have for her children then to get up every morning and pray for them and their spouses and her grandchildren. I not only consider this a high priority but a privilege that God has given to me…I pray that no matter what that God’s will will be done in their lives.” (Christina Mangum)
o Allison wrote this in her Bible at Matt. 6:33 – “When you called me to be a mom, you didn’t ask for perfection, but that w/ every breath, I’d point them to you.”
o Rachel – her 1st Mother’s Day – “Sometimes I have to pray about trusting God w/ them as bad as that sounds, just b/c I worry already. And remembering that He gave us our kids & our job is to point them to Him, no matter what.”