Every other Tuesday I meet with two other women for prayer. It's a time to pray mostly for our children, although we do pray for the youth of this generation and other things the Lord lays on our hearts. This has been such an encouraging time-to gather with other moms to pray and cry and pray some more.
As one of the women shared something today it struck such a cord in me I knew I'd have to share it with you. Especially you moms who continually pray for the prodigal and spiritually wondering child.
1 Samuel Chapter 1 talks about Hannah. Hannah wept and prayed, she poured out her soul before the Lord (vs 10,15). She prayed for a child. Verse 26 and 27 says "Oh, my lord! I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord, For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition, which I asked of Him."
Hannah did not give up in her praying she went year after year to the temple to pray for a child. God did answer her. We as mothers of prodigals must not give up. We must go before God daily and pour out our hearts. We are fighting a battle for the soul of our children we must pray, intercede for them. Then one day we will say along with Hannah "For this child I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition, which I asked of Him."
Father I lift up our prodigals. I pray that you would destroy the destructive strongholds in their lives. The stronghold of pride and selfishness, the stronghold of laziness, sexual sins, addictions, oh God there are so many! Father I pray that these children's hearts would be soften toward you and not hardened. I pray that you would send others into their lives that would speak truth to them and I pray they would listen. Open the ears of their hearts so that they might hear. Give them a longing in their hearts that will only be satisfied with you Lord.
Oh God ...we give our children over to you...do whatever it takes so that they will return unto you. We are mothers who desire to see children raised up to be men and women who hunger and thirst after You God....