Saturday Evening Prayer May 7
Heavenly Father. As we come to You this Saturday evening, we want to thank You for all You have given us and all You have done for us. Your blessings amaze us each and every day for we know You give us what we need, not what we deserve. May we keep You close all the days of our lives.
Lord, we want to take this evening’s prayer and thank You for one of the greatest blessings You have ever bestowed upon us—the blessing of a Christian mother. We know that most everyone says their mother is the best, but I know You made my mother to be the best mother for my brother, my sister, and myself. You gave her a desire to serve You, a heart filled with love, a sense of discipline, a sense of humor, and the abilities she needed to raise three children. And when we grew, You gave her the opportunity to be a loving example to other children who needed looked after. Many are the nights she would wait up while we were out or sit up with us when we were sick. She always made sure our bellies were filled first, and that we knew we were loved. We could spend eternity pouring out our gratitude to You for giving her to us and never be able to truly express how thankful we are.
We know, dear Father, that there those in this world who have not been as fortunate as we are. We know there are women in this world who were given the sacred duty of training up children in the way they should go who, instead, chose to put themselves first—many of them to their own demise. We know a lot of the harm their choices have caused is irreversible, but still pray that You be merciful. Open their eyes to the opportunities lost, and let them seek forgiveness.
To those whose mothers have passed on, we ask a special blessing of comfort at this time. Bring to their remembrance the memories of joy and happiness and the time they shared with their mothers, and fill their hearts with peace.
We pray for those who are new mothers or who will soon be. Grant them wisdom and patience. Remind them daily that their children are a gift and a responsibility entrusted to them from You.
And, finally, we say a special prayer for those unable to become mothers. Our hearts break for them. Father, we don’t understand why You choose certain women who have no desire to have children to be mothers instead of those who want nothing more than to nurture a child. We do ask that You will bring peace to them. Help them to see that there is a reason for their sorrow, but You have a blessing beyond the pain.
We thank You for the week we have just come through, and ask that You will keep us through the week to come. All glory belongs to You.
In the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we ask these things. Amen.