How to Pray When You Find Yourself In “Mommy Survival Mode”

Please enable me to see how important my calling of being a mom really is. Please help me to learn how to best love my children, that they might come to know you, and that I will not bring reproach on You, my Savior, whose name I bear.   (Titus 2:4-5).

I pray that I would “…delight to do Thy will, O my God” (Psalm 40:8), and I thank you that this calling will help me “to be conformed to the likeness of Your Son” (Romans 8:29).

I am aware that some women are never able to become mothers and that it is a privilege that I have been given. I pray that I would take this responsibility seriously, and that I would see very clearly the important role I have in the lives of my children.

Please help me to truly see, from my heart, that my children are a precious gift from You. Please enable me to care for, nurture, and lovingly meet their needs, daily telling each one that they are a gift from Your hand.  (Psalm 127:3-5, Titus 2:4).

I pray for the strength to be available to them when they need me to be, that I would not miss the opportunities to teach them through out the day, that I would not allow anything in (even my own dreams and ambition) that might steal those important moments. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7), and that I would desire to be involved in their lives by connecting with them and encouraging them in any way possible. (Ephesians 6:4).

I pray that you would give me wisdom to know what to teach them each day so that they might learn your Word, but also have a correct view of the world around them. (Psalm 78:5,6, Deuteronomy 4:10,  Ephesians 6:4).

Please enable me to have insight to know how to train each child, helping them to develop skills and discover their strengths (Proverbs 22) and spiritual gifts. (Romans 12:3-8,  1 Corinthians 12).

Please give me wisdom to know how to best discipline them, in a loving, controlled manner, showing them much grace! (Ephesians 6:4, Hebrews 12:5-11, Proverbs 13:24).

Please give me wisdom to know how I can nurture my relationship with each child, and enable me to provide an atmosphere of support, grace, acceptance, affection, and unconditional love ( 2 Timothy 1:7, Galatians 5:22, 1 Peter 3:8-9).

I pray that I would be an authentic example of what it means to follow hard after You, and that I would model what it means to live for you. I pray that when I sin, I would model humility and ask for their forgiveness. (Deuteronomy 4:9,  Proverbs 10:9, 11:3, Psalm 37:18, 37).

I pray that you would help me to see my calling as a joyous task, that I would offer my efforts up to You, bathing each task in prayer, that I would catch Your vision of making and nurturing a home, knowing that if I am faithful I will be considered to be “…worth far more than rubies” (Proverbs 31:10), and I will one day hear the words, “... Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matt. 25:21).

Amen.