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Mothers Day

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PRAYER - Heavenly Father, We thank you for our mothers. They are to be honored for the high calling you’ve given them. We thank you for the examples of Godly mothers we see throughout scripture as with Hannah, Mary, Elizabeth, Louis, and Eunice. We thank you for provides guidance for mothers in and throughout scripture. Lord, I ask that the mothers here today would not only see the drudgery of house work or the demands of raising children, but especially the privilege of making the next generation more like Christ and pointing young children to Christ as Savior and Lord. Forgive us for dishonoring, disappointing, and discouraging our mothers through our pride and rebellion. Forgive us for the ways we’ve made their service to us more difficult. Lord I also want to pray that you comfort the moms whose children who are rebelling against You and for all the women who desire children more than words can express. I pray Lord that you would restore broken relationships between mothers and their children. I pray that all mothers would experience a double portion of your joy and peace. In Jesus Name, A-men
1 Samuel 1:9–11 HCSB
Hannah got up after they ate and drank at Shiloh. Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s tabernacle. Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears. Making a vow, she pleaded, “Lord of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut.”
1 Samuel 1:9-

Pray for and with your Children

1 Samuel 2 HCSB
Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is lifted up by the Lord. My mouth boasts over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is no one holy like the Lord. There is no one besides You! And there is no rock like our God. Do not boast so proudly, or let arrogant words come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and actions are weighed by Him. The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are clothed with strength. Those who are full hire themselves out for food, but those who are starving hunger no more. The woman who is childless gives birth to seven, but the woman with many sons pines away. The Lord brings death and gives life; He sends some to Sheol, and He raises others up. The Lord brings poverty and gives wealth; He humbles and He exalts. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the garbage pile. He seats them with noblemen and gives them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s; He has set the world on them. He guards the steps of His faithful ones, but the wicked perish in darkness, for a man does not prevail by his own strength. Those who oppose the Lord will be shattered; He will thunder in the heavens against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give power to His king; He will lift up the horn of His anointed. Elkanah went home to Ramah, but the boy served the Lord in the presence of Eli the priest. Eli’s sons were wicked men; they had no regard for the Lord or for the priests’ share of the sacrifices from the people. When any man offered a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come with a three-pronged meat fork while the meat was boiling and plunge it into the container or kettle or cauldron or cooking pot. The priest would claim for himself whatever the meat fork brought up. This is the way they treated all the Israelites who came there to Shiloh. Even before the fat was burned, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest some meat to roast, because he won’t accept boiled meat from you—only raw.” If that man said to him, “The fat must be burned first; then you can take whatever you want for yourself,” the servant would reply, “No, I insist that you hand it over right now. If you don’t, I’ll take it by force!” So the servants’ sin was very severe in the presence of the Lord, because they treated the Lord’s offering with contempt. The boy Samuel served in the Lord’s presence and wore a linen ephod. Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife: “May the Lord give you children by this woman in place of the one she has given to the Lord.” Then they would go home. The Lord paid attention to Hannah’s need, and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord. Now Eli was very old. He heard about everything his sons were doing to all Israel and how they were sleeping with the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting. He said to them, “Why are you doing these things? I have heard about your evil actions from all these people. No, my sons, the report I hear from the Lord’s people is not good. If a man sins against another man, God can intercede for him, but if a man sins against the Lord, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to their father, since the Lord intended to kill them. By contrast, the boy Samuel grew in stature and in favor with the Lord and with men. A man of God came to Eli and said to him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Didn’t I reveal Myself to your ancestral house when it was in Egypt and belonged to Pharaoh’s palace? Out of all the tribes of Israel, I selected your house to be priests, to offer sacrifices on My altar, to burn incense, and to wear an ephod in My presence. I also gave your house all the Israelite fire offerings. Why, then, do all of you despise My sacrifices and offerings that I require at the place of worship? You have honored your sons more than Me, by making yourselves fat with the best part of all of the offerings of My people Israel.’ “Therefore, this is the declaration of the Lord, the God of Israel: ‘Although I said your family and your ancestral house would walk before Me forever, the Lord now says, “No longer!” I will honor those who honor Me, but those who despise Me will be disgraced. “ ‘Look, the days are coming when I will cut off your strength and the strength of your ancestral family, so that none in your family will reach old age. You will see distress in the place of worship, in spite of all that is good in Israel, and no one in your family will ever again reach old age. Any man from your family I do not cut off from My altar will bring grief and sadness to you. All your descendants will die violently. This will be the sign that will come to you concerning your two sons Hophni and Phinehas: both of them will die on the same day. “ ‘Then I will raise up a faithful priest for Myself. He will do whatever is in My heart and mind. I will establish a lasting dynasty for him, and he will walk before My anointed one for all time. Anyone who is left in your family will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread. He will say: Please appoint me to some priestly office so I can have a piece of bread to eat.’ ”
In Hannah Prays for a child
1 Samuel 1:9–11 HCSB
Hannah got up after they ate and drank at Shiloh. Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s tabernacle. Deeply hurt, Hannah prayed to the Lord and wept with many tears. Making a vow, she pleaded, “Lord of Hosts, if You will take notice of Your servant’s affliction, remember and not forget me, and give Your servant a son, I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and his hair will never be cut.”
Children are a gift from God
Pray for their salvation

Pray for and with your children

Pray for their salvation
Pray for their spiritual, physical, emotional and intellectual maturity
Pray for their future relationships
Pray for their willingness to serve Christ and His Church

Thank God for your Children

Dedicate Your Children to the Lord

In Hannah Thanks God for her children
1 Samuel 2:1 HCSB
Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the Lord; my horn is lifted up by the Lord. My mouth boasts over my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation.
Children help us honor God
Children give us hope for the future
Thanks God for her children
Children remind us to be faithful
Children remind us to be faithful

Watch Over your Children

Our children belong to the Lord
In the capable wife and mother...
Proverbs 31:15 HCSB
She rises while it is still night and provides food for her household and portions for her female servants.
Proverbs 31:21 HCSB
She is not afraid for her household when it snows, for all in her household are doubly clothed.
Proverbs 31:27 HCSB
She watches over the activities of her household and is never idle.
Proverbs 31:30 HCSB
Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.
Provides for her household (vs. 15)
Clothes her household (vs. 21)
Protects her household (vs 27)
Fears the Lord (vs. 30)
She fears the Lord (vs. 30)

Disciple your Children

In Lois & Eunice discipled their children
2 Timothy 1:4–5 HCSB
Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy, clearly recalling your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois, then in your mother Eunice, and that I am convinced is in you also.
Teach your children Scripture
In Lois & Eunice discipled their children
Teach your children to pray
Teach your children to pray
Teach your children to obey God

Challenge for Moms:

Are you praying for your children?
Do you thank God for your children?
Do you watch over your children?
Are you discipling your children?
What are the results of this kind of devotion to a child?
Samuel became a mighty prophet of God who was used to usher in King David. He led Israel as judge, and guided Israel and its king as Prophet.
Timothy became a mighty man of God, planting churches, establishing elders, leading others to Christ and spreading the gospel around the world.
CLOSING PRAYER - Lord, again we thank you for our mothers. For their sacrifice and dedication to nurturing and providing for us. Thank you for the sleepless nights, tearful prayers, and unwavering devotion they have for their children. I pray God that you would bless each mother today and reinforce in them the joyful and yet profoundly important task of raising children. I pray that you would guide them as they pray for their children, watch over their children and disciple their children. Use this invitation to solidify in their hearts their calling as moms! In Jesus Name, A-men
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