A Prayer for Mothers

A mother is a gospel-gardener who mirrors the compassion of Jesus in each small, yet significant act of love in tending for her family.

Her nurturing instinct is cultivated at home and then spreads beyond like a perennial vine, reaching limitless spiritual sons and daughters.

As Mother’s Day approaches, let’s join our hearts to pray for moms of biological, adopted, and spiritual children everywhere . . .

Father, we praise You for perfectly parenting us. You never fail. Your mercy overflows for the far-too-numerous times we neglect to extend Your compassion to our precious children.

Thank You, Jesus, for achieving perfection through Your blameless life. Now we can revel in freedom from incessant striving to accom- plish what we were never intended to grasp. Break the crippling chains of performance, perfect kids, and perfect homes.

Teach us to set aside our crazy schedules to splash in the springs of Your living waters. We may foolishly try to navigate motherhood on our own, but Your love always pursues—never letting go.

For the overwhelmed mom, woo her to Yourself to provide relief from the weight of her heavy burdens. Help her slow down to hear and follow Your voice (Matt. 11:28–30; John 10:27; Rev. 3:20).

For the new mom, lavish her with spiritual rest in sleep-de- prived days. Let her grasp with both hands a confident faith that gospel grace will enable her to parent through Your power and love (Isa. 40:29–31; Eph. 3:14–21).

For the yet-to-be mom, lift her head to You as her ultimate satisfaction in the journey of waiting. Meet the longings of her heart through Jesus. Give her insight into her vital role in king- dom building (Ps. 9:10; Ps. 113:9).

For the single mom, sustain this sister with daily stamina, wisdom, and abiding peace for the present and the future. Show her You can be trusted to carry her anxieties because of Your constant care (Phil. 4:6–7, 12–13; 1 Peter 5:7).

For the empty-nest mom, invigorate her with vision for a new season of life-giving. Divinely assign spiritual daughters for her to cherish and encourage (Gen. 3:20; Titus 2:3–5).

For the broken mom who’s lost a child or quietly suffers in a fractured relationship, heal the unspeakable hurt and open her tear-filled eyes of faith to trust You with what she cannot understand (Ps. 33:20–22; 147:3).

Leslie Bennett served as a director of women’s ministries for a dozen years prior to joining Revive Our Hearts
in women’s ministry initiatives. She is also the content manager of the Revive Our Hearts Leader Connection blog and editor of Women’s Ministry Leader Survival Guide and 10 Truths to Set Leaders Free.
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