2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
THIS MONTH'S PRAYER FOCUS
Dear Brightmoor family,
Please pray this month asking God to bless our mothers and mother figures in our lives. We all have one. We, as a church, want to honor them and lift them up in prayer. The Bible is full of mothers that provide timeless wisdom, speak profoundly to us, and offer a special love that shapes both cultures and individuals. We have many of them among us today, and we want to honor them.
Eve: We pray that God blesses the Eves in our lives. They teach us - although “tricked” by the evil one - the importance of being sensitive, conscious, and above all “alert” to the attacks of Satan in our lives. These women have the gift of the Holy Spirit. May they be obedient to always listen for that wisdom.
Zarephath: We pray for God’s blessing on the widows of Zarephath. These women around us may struggle to provide for their families, whether it be a single mother or a mother in a household that is facing an economic crisis. She is still trusting God as her provider. Her heart insists she still makes sacrifices as an extension of her faith convinced that in God’s eyes, ‘in giving we receive’.
“But the King replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I [she] will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing....” (2 Samuel 24:24 NIV).
Mary: Lastly, we pray that God blesses the Marys among us. These are the women that have endured tragic, intense losses in their lives. Mary watched and grieved mightily as her beloved Son died on the Cross, yet she kept on loving, giving, and caring as she continued to be a mother figure to the disciple John. We pray for those that suffer a miscarriage, or wrestle with infertility, or are waiting patiently for their prodigal son or daughter’s return. Trust God and continue to love.
Our mothers are transformational people, an undeniable presence in society, as they give and sacrifice daily. Some are our birth mothers; some are mothers through adoption or foster care and some just fulfill a mother’s role in our lives. Let us always remember when God made man, he simply took dirt and put it together...but with woman, it was distinctively different, “The Lord God ‘fashioned’ into a woman the rib in which He had taken from the man and brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22 NASB). Being fashioned by God is something very special, designed intentionally and for a purpose. We thank God for mothers that take their role seriously. It is a high calling. Saint Therese of Lisieux, known as the little flower of Jesus, once said, “The loveliest masterpiece of the heart of God, is the heart of a Mother.”