“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.” Luke 18:1 (NIV)
The quote “always pray and never give up” is familiar. However, I’m not sure we always understand that prayer is more than something we do; it's a lifestyle we choose.This doesn’t mean we will be on our knees 24/7 or have lengthy times of daily prayer. A mother’s day doesn’t always allow for such luxuries.
Rather, ‘praying continually’ as 1 Thessalonians 5:17 speaks of it, has more to do with the stance of our heart than how long we kneel or where we do our praying.
A mother can make prayer her lifestyle when she looks for ways to continue her conversation with God throughout her day. For example, as your children wake up, pause your quiet time and take them into your arms to pray over them for a few seconds. When your child is having a difficult time emotionally, pause with them in that very moment and pray them through it. When driving your children to school or sports, carve out the last half mile to pray out loud for their success and protection in whatever they are doing.
While preparing dinner, folding laundry, sweeping the floor, washing the windows – in every activity -- look for a way to converse with God personally or connect your children with Him verbally. Model to them that communicating with God is as normal as speaking to each other.
Handling your daily situations from the perspective of prayer will train your children to navigate their own struggles well.
You will be a living example of how accessible God is and that He can be approached with confidence.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Always pray. And never give up.