As mothers, hope is something we have for our children. We hope the best for them, we hope for their successes, hope for their friendships, hope for their health and safety, and for their futures.
What is Hope?
An Oxford dictionary definition says hope is: “a feeling of expectation and desire for a particular thing to happen.” We care, we expect, we desire for a particular event or change to take place.
The Bible says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for” which suggests hope is powerful, that it can lead to change.
How can Hope be satisfied?
Many of you who read this blog will be people who pray. Some of you may not, however. Here is what I urge: Mums, let’s pray for our children. If you don’t know what to say, or to whom you’re speaking, it’s okay to ask!
When we ask who is listening, we begin to get a sense we have “someone’s” attention and that will help us to focus our prayers.
My prayers are spontaneous, rarely planned. That’s because I just talk to GOD, and wait for His response, as I would in any two-way conversation.
Each of us will find our way to pray…. We can wait, we can ask, we can call out or stay quiet and focused. But let’s pray for our children.
What can prayer do?
When my son was a tot, each time he bumped — a knee, a shin, an elbow or his head — I would pray. I prayed for his safety and for there to be no bruising (I bruised easily as a child so I thought this would be a good thing to pray). Do you know, he never got a bruise! Never. When he was 8 or 9, I stopped praying, trying to encourage him to pray for himself. In the meantime, he had a bump and showed me his toe, with a big blue bruise. “What’s that!?” he asked. It was the first time he’d ever had a bruise… at 8!
I pray to Jesus
I don’t seek to impose my prayer life upon you. I just encourage you, if you pray, to pray to the One with the most power to heal: Jesus, also called Yeshua (in Hebrew). He has the most power to respond… He intercedes for us, He sits at the right hand of the Creator of the Universe. He answers me and He can answer you too.
We don’t have to hope blindly but can ask for help from the One who answered prayer 2000 years ago, and who answers even today. We want what’s best for our children… What are we waiting for!?