I was not a latch-key kid but I often had to let myself in. My mother was usually home when I burst through the door. But I wasn’t always met with milk and cookies. There was another kind of welcome when Mom lost track of time…on her knees. I remember tiptoeing toward her secret place, hoping to catch a word or two. What was she praying about? She was behind the door talking with the Creator of the universe. Was that my name I heard? It put the fear of God in me, I tell you. Dad always said she had a direct line to heaven. But beyond the godly fear, Mom’s prayers wrapped me in love and security. They stabilized my perspective, influencing my choices and destiny.
Mom prayed about everything. She turned my eyes toward Jesus no matter what the circumstance. From physical to emotional hurts, Mom prayed. If I faced indecision, she made her requests known. Never forgetting to thank the Lord for every answer. Her faith was a constant in my life. Prayer saturated every detail of our home. It was a haven. Not a perfect place but peaceful. My friends noticed. They loved coming to my house. The atmosphere oozed love and kindness, truth and mercy. Jesus sat on the Throne of our family’s life. Mostly because Mom constantly invited Him in. She was alert to our feelings and concerns. And she knew where to go with every need. Mom closed the door to distractions in order to talk with God about her family. My life has been blessed because my prayer-warrior Mom took the time to storm heaven for me.
Scripture Reading: Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.
But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
1. What details seem important to you in these verses? What can you apply to your life?
2. How can we prepare ourselves for prayer?
3. How would you explain the reference to the seen and unseen?
4. What is the antidote to worry? What results when we obey?
5. What might you need to personally do to make prayer a priority?
Prayer is key! It’s a vital link between us and God. It’s not easy to find time to pray. But if prayer was important to Jesus, how much more should it be our priority. Our children need our prayers. Steal some time away. By yourself. Close the door to distractions. And talk to God. He perfects what concerns you. It’s a promise.