“My Mother’s Prayers”

Posted: November 29, 2018 in Christian Life, Prayer

Etched in recesses of my mind are the prayers of my mother as I headed off for school each morning. It took my siblings and me about 1 ½ hours and three separate trains to get to the missionary school we attended in Japan. She always seemed to include the words of Psalm 19:14 to her prayers. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart, be acceptable to Thee, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.”

Our Words. Every day we make choices as to what we will do and say and how we will say what we say. Some words build others up, heal broken relationships, unite people in a common cause, or revive saddened hearts. But all too often our careless words do just the opposite and have a negative effect on others who hear us.

Sticks & Stones. We’ve been told that sticks and stones can break our bones, but names and faces can’t hurt us. But that isn’t quite true. We all have emotions that can be hurt. What are you communicating to others by the expressions on your face and the tone of your voice? What is the purpose for your speaking? Are your words glorifying God by making Him known to others (1 Corinthians 10:31) or are they designed to make yourself look good at the expense of others (James 4:16; Romans 12:3)? Are you seeking the approval of others or of God (Galatians 1:10; 2 Corinthians 5:9)? Are you quick or slow to speak (James 1:19)?

Wisdom. True Christians are free to ask God for wisdom to know how to apply Biblical truths to our every day lives (James 1:5). Those believers who are continually being led by God the Holy Spirit are the maturing sons/daughters of God (Romans 8:14). But beware of the wisdom of this world that comes from God’s adversary, the devil (James 3:15-17). It may seem right, but it could lead to a premature death (Proverbs 14:12).

Meditations. While we can’t always control the thoughts that come into our minds, we do have a choice as to whether or not we will entertain them or not. Temptations to sin (act lawlessly – 1 John 3:4) can come from the devil, our own sin nature, or the present world system. If there weren’t any perceived pleasures that might come from engaging in them, we wouldn’t pursue them. But there is pleasure in some sins even though they may be for a very short time (Hebrews 11:25). Many of them are followed by great sorrow (Proverbs 5:4). Do you know the source from which your temptations come? Do you know how to counterattack them and live a victorious Christian life? Are you tired of being defeated so often? Are you teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 15)? If so, we may be able to help you by pointing you in the right direction. God’s Word has everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3).

Motivations. Do you know that God is omniscient (Isaiah 46:10; John 2:24)? He knows everything about you and me? He knows the numbers of hairs on our head and the motivations of our hearts. While we may be able to deceive others, we can’t hide anything from God (Psalm 139:7). One day He will unveil the hidden motives of our hearts and will reward us (Christians) for the good works we did on earth that He planned for us to do (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 4:5; Ephesians 2:10; See James 4:13-17).

Prayer. “Prayer doesn’t change things. God does in response to proper prayers.” Maybe you didn’t have a mother or father who prayed for you as I did. But if you’re a true Christian, you can be assured of the fact that God the Holy Spirit and God the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ intercede continually to God the Father on your behalf (Romans 8:26, 27, 34; Hebrews 7:25). Nothing can separate a Christian from God’s love (Romans 8:35-39) and nothing can happen to us without God’s permission (1 Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2). Learn to give thanks in the midst of all your trials (1 Thessalonians 5:18), for all things (Ephesians 5:20), and for all men (1 Timothy 2:1). As believers, we can and should supplicate and intercede for or against evil doers (See Romans 11:2).

Christian. A true Christian is someone who has placed his/her faith in Christ alone, who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). We’re not saved by our good works, or by our faith plus our good works (Ephesians 2:8, 9; Titus 3:5). Have you been saved? Do you have assurance or doubts? Why should God let you into His heaven? Is there anything you could do, or fail to do, that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? If you are saved, is there any evidence of it for other people to see (James 2:18-20)? Are you merely a “professing Christian” or do you “possess eternal life” (See 1 Corinthians 15:2; Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 5:11-13)? Make sure today (2 Peter 1:10; 1 John 5:13).

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