And early in the morning, while it was still dark, He arose and went out and departed to a lonely place, and was praying there. Mark 1:35
And immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side to Bethsaida, while He Himself was sending the multitude away. And after bidding them farewell, he departed to the mountain to pray.
If Jesus Himself regularly withdrew to pray, how much more do we as mothers need to do the same?
Do you have a militant prayer life? To often as mothers we allow the important to replace the most important.
We have time to feed hungry bellies, yet we neglect starving souls.
We have the time to check our email, the weather, and our facebooks, but neglect God's Book.
We take the time to maintain a clean home, but neglect times of confession- a clean heart.
We have time to answer the phone or respond to a text, but we tell God we're to busy when we sense His call to come away to fellowship with Him.
The truth is, we will never have the time to pray. We have to MAKE time to pray and be militant about it. Satan will always have a distraction for you and you will always be able to find an excuse for not having the time to pray.
We tend to whisper short prayers throughout the day, "Lord, help me", " "Bless so and so", "Give me direction", etc. God loves to hear those kind of prayers, acknowledging His presence, BUT we can't live off of those prayers alone. Prayer is a privilege, yet we treat it as a burden. We might not admit that we do, but the amount of time we spend in our prayer closets reveal that we do. God wants our very best. USUALLY, we are most alert in the mornings and are run down by the end of the day. Let's tithe to God the best of our time, giving Him the very best of our day.
After becoming a mother, I have found it to be difficult to pray first thing in the mornings. I've tried to listen to others tell me that I don't have to pray in the mornings so I could stop feeling bad for not praying. Some say that it's o.k. to wait until naptime or bedtime to pray, but I strongly disagree. Reminds me of this quote-
"Do not have your concert first, and then tune your instruments afterwards. Begin the day with the Word of God and prayer, and get first of all into harmony with Him."
Prayer fixes bad attitudes we might have after waking up, gives us strength and grace to deal with wayward children who insist on their own way, helps keep us humble and dependant upon the Lord.
When we think we can be the godly mothers and wives God has called us to be without prayer, we are being proud and self-sufficient. We have nothing of worth to offer our children or our husbands.
We have to be filled with Him, before we can have anything to give to our families and those around us.
When you feel convicted that you're not beginning your day in prayer, don't get discouraged. By God's grace you CAN begin each day in prayer. It won't be easy and there will be days that it will be nearly impossible to pray due to sick kids, emergencies, and other unforseen things, but don't let that become the norm.
Having a regular morning prayer life will never be easy. You must be militant in your prayer life each day. You must choose ahead of time that you will lay aside the important for the most important. The enemy will not cease from fighting against your faithfulness in prayer.
The one concern of the devil is to keep Christians from praying. He fears nothing from prayerless studies, prayerless work, and prayerless religion. He laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.
One of the blessings from having a militant prayer life is that you're kids will generally follow in your footsteps. When they see the importance their mother puts on prayer, they will want to do the same.
Be sure no time is so well spent as that which a man spends on his knees.
Quotes and Verses on Prayer:
Prayer is the open admission that without Christ we can do nothing. And prayer is the turning away from ourselves to God in the confidence that He will provide the help we need. Prayer humbles us as needy, and exalts God as wealthy.
We may be assured of this – the secret of all failure is our failure in secret prayer.
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.
We say we are too busy to pray. But the busier our Lord was, the more He prayed. Sometimes He had no leisure so much as to eat (Mark 3:20); and sometimes He had no leisure for needed rest and sleep (Mark 6:31). Yet He always took time to pray. If frequent prayer, and, at times, long hours of prayer, were necessary for our Savior, are they less necessary for us? Author Unknown
And they came to a place called Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, "Sit here until I have prayed." And He took with Him Peter and James and John, and began to be very distressed and troubled. And He said to them, "My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch." And He went a little beyond them, and fell to the ground, and began praying. Mark 14:32-34
And when day came, He departed to a lonely place; and the multitudes were searching for Him, and came to Him, and tried to keep Him from going away from them. Luke 4:42
But He Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16
And it was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12
As for me, I will call upon God; and the Lord shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
I feel it is far better to begin with God, to see His face first, to get my soul near Him before it is near another. In general it is best to have at least one hour alone with God before engaging in anything else. EM Bounds
The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day. E.M. Bounds
God shapes the world by prayer. Prayers are deathless. The lips that uttered them may be closed to death, the heart that felt them may have ceased to beat, but the prayers live before God, and God's heart is set on them and prayers outlive the lives of those who uttered them; they outlive a generation, outlive an age, outlive a world. E.M. Bounds
Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will entice a man to cease from prayer.
I am convinced that prayerlessness:
1. Is a sin against God (1 Sam. 12:23).
2. Is direct disobedience to the command of Christ (“watch and pray,” Mt. 26:41).
3. Is direct disobedience to the Word of God (“pray without ceasing,” 1 Thes. 5:17).
4. Makes me vulnerable to temptation (“watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation,” Mt. 26:41).
5. Expresses independence – no need for God.
6. Gives place to the Enemy and makes me vulnerable to his schemes (Eph. 6:10-20; Dan. 10).
7. Results in powerlessness.
8. Limits (and defines) my relationship with God.
9. Hinders me from knowing His will, His priorities, His direction.
10. Forces me to operate in the realm of the natural (what I can do) verses the supernatural (what He can do).
11. Leaves me weak, harried, and hassled.
12. Is rooted in pride, self-sufficiency, laziness, and lack of discipline.
13. Reveals a lack of real burden and compassion for others.
Nancy Leigh DeMoss