A Mother’s Part in Prayer

Throughout my journey with Christ, I largely believed prayer was for those desperate times—the big seasons and decisions of life. The daily, ordinary stuff I could handle on my own.

A few years ago, prayer became like oxygen to me. My husband and I were in a foreign country learning a foreign language during a time when the developing country was going through a natural disaster. We were getting sick from the food and water. We had just found out we were going to have our first child.

Everything, all the time, all day, was out of control. And, honestly, so was I.

“What wings are to a bird, and sails to a ship, so is prayer to the soul.”—Corrie ten Boom

Through this season of life, I learned quickly that I could no longer continue as if prayer wasn’t my lifeline. My soul needed to be connected to the Lord—completely reliant on Him at all times.

There were moments during those first few days and weeks of motherhood when prayer was all I had to lean on. My strength was gone. My eyes were heavy. My body was sleep deprived and had been stretched and changed in more ways than I care to recount. My mind and emotions were a wreck.

And the Psalms were my comfort. The heart songs I had memorized years before became the prayers I would sing in the early morning hours of nursing my new babe.

And my soul was rejuvenated. My heart was connected to the One Who created this new little one and me. That was incredibly comforting—to rely on the One Who could and would sustain us both.

My role as a mother is not to provide every single thing my children need at all times to make them happy (although I would love to be able to do that if I could). My role is to point my little ones to the One Who can and will see them through any and every situation they are in. They do not have to fret about whether the Lord cares for them.

They can rest in Him through prayer, knowing that no matter what circumstances bring, He is present with them.

Bekah Rivers* is a momma, a wife, and an advocate for all believers to be on mission.

*Name changed.

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