Mothers: Changing History Through PrayerBy: Sharon Glasgow
Hours before I was conceived, my mom got on her knees in front of a red leather couch and poured her heart out to God with weeping, "Lord, if You will give me this night a baby I will dedicate it to You and for Your service, all the days of its life. Amen." God answered her prayer that night, and all my days have been dedicated to Him because of the fervent prayers of my mom.
My mother followed in the footsteps of millions of mothers who prayed for their children. From the time of Moses until this very day, some of our most influential Christian heroes became history makers because of their mothers' prayers.
Moses' mother, Jochebed, modeled this type of prayer. She was a matriarch of the Old Testament, selflessly devoted to her family, with unwavering faith and commitment to God. I envision Jochebed with her face to the floor crying out to the God of Israel, to her God, weeping on behalf of her baby whose life was endangered. Jochebed pleaded for God to spare his life and hoped for answers she could not see. God not only saved Moses' life, but through Moses delivered over two million Israelites out of Egyptian bondage.
God, I want to be a mother who contends for her children like Jochebed.
John Wesley, one of the greatest evangelists of the 1700s (speaking to crowds of 20,000 or more) was raised by a mother who prayed. Susanna Wesley raised John in a home dedicated to the Word of God and prayer. In the midst of raising 10 children she would spend two hours a day in personal prayer. Many days she couldn't find a place of solitude so she would lift her apron over her head to be alone with God. There she prayed with children playing about her. Another of her other children, Charles Wesley, wrote over 9,000 hymns we still sing today.
God, I want to be a mother who prays for her children like Susanna Wesley.
George Washington, a founding father of the United States, changed the course of American history for God's glory. His overwhelming reputation of humility, perseverance, dignity, honor, strength and sincerity was second to none. He was not just a military and revolutionary hero, he was a shining example of one enlisted in the army of God. The King of kings was his leader and none other.
George's mother, Mary Washington, raised him and his siblings as a single mother after her husband died when George was 10. Mary found strength in God alone. It is recorded that she went to a nearby rock outside of her house to pray continually. George wrote letters to his mother while in the battlefield of the Revolutionary War proving what her prayers were doing for him. He wrote that he escaped death when bullets went through his coat, and horses were shot out from under him. Miracle after miracle happened to George, and he honored his mother with these words: "All that I am I owe to my mother."
George Washington knew many of his triumphs happened because of his mother's pleading prayers on his behalf. She prayed diligently and raised a God-fearing, courageous leader.
God, I want to be a mother who prays unceasingly for her children like Mary Washington.
Billy Graham, the Moses of our day, has led nearly three million people out of spiritual bondage into freedom in Christ, and has preached the gospel to more than 80 million people in his lifetime. He said of all the people he had ever known, his mother had the greatest influence on his life. She would gather the family to listen to the Bible and have prayer together in the presence of God. She and his dad would pray for Billy every morning at 10:00.
God, I want to be a mother who influences her children through the power of prayer like Morrow Graham. Every Christian mother contending, interceding and praying for her children has the potential to change the course of history for God's glory. Our world is in need of God-filled history makers to rise to the calling right now. I'm setting a challenge for myself and would love for you to join me. I am going to pray more diligently than ever for our children and their future. I will stand on these promises of God as I pray:
• Matthew 21:22, "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."
• John 14:13-14, "And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in my name, I will do it."
I will pray as my mother did for me, for our children and for generations to come with unwavering passion and persistence. When I stand before the judgment seat of Christ I want to be counted among the hall of fame history makers like Moses' parents were in Hebrews chapter 11. God rewards those who believe in Him and diligently seek Him. So rise up mothers and be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might as you pray to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than you can think or imagine.
About the Author
Sharon Glasgow is a speaker and author for Proverbs 31 Ministries. She and her husband Dale have five daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandchildren. You can learn more about Sharon, how to book her for an event or enter your name for a free drawing of a beautiful print her husband painted of Mary Washington blessing George Washington at www.sharonglasgow.com.