This morning as I read I Thessalonians 5:17, I was reminded how we are to pray continually because it is shows our devotion, makes us aware of God’s presence, and helps us submit to His will. Terry Glaspey writes, “Prayer is a work to which we must commit ourselves if we are to make sense of our lives in the light of eternity.” Despite our busy lives as mothers, prayer helps to regain our priorities, understand biblical wisdom, and make correct decisions. Without prayer, it would be easy to live in a superficial manner with material values. Also, prayer encourages us to look at eternity and have a heavenly perspective, so God is #1 in our lives.
Without prayer, we will not grow as Christians in our walk with God. We will instead, stay as spiritual adolescents. J.C. Ryle says the reason why some believers are brighter and holier than others is because of their habits with private prayer. The holier ones pray more, but the less holy pray little. When I became a mom, I learned that I needed to have my time with God each morning because when I missed, I turned into “mom with no patience” who was ready to blow at the slightest mistake from my kids or husband. Yet, motherhood made it so much harder to schedule times with God. How can I spend alone time with Him, when I can’t even use the bathroom or take a shower sometimes?
Motherhood has caused me to refine my prayer life. I had to learn to pray when my kids were napping, while taking a shower with four eyes looking at me, while driving in the car with my kids screaming at each, and even as I am about to explode because my son has smeared poop all over the walls…again! I also had to learn how to pray beyond prayers that were like a Christmas list to God. I did this by using prayers of Paul and applying them to myself.
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:17-19
By doing this, I have been transformed in my relationship with God and have realized that during my times of transparency about my struggles with parenting, God strengthened me and my relationship with Him. He knows my heart because Jesus died to make me his own treasured possession. Knowing this brings me comfort.