“I don’t know what to pray for anymore or what I should pray, can you please pray for my mother?” My mother died of cancer in 2007. If you are a person of faith and have ever walked with a loved one as they are living out their last days and the hope of healing diminishes, then you may have experienced a weariness in your prayers. I have. When I struggled to find the strength to pray and what I should pray. I looked to someone else that had what I considered to be a bigger picture of God and his Spirit.
I was a student minister during my mother’s fight with cancer. My prayers were dry and I was Holy Spirit shy. During an interdenominational gathering of student pastors, I shared my weariness with the group.
“What should I pray for?”
“What do you want?”
“For her to live.”
They prayed for my mother with words and a passion that I was lacking.
Sometimes your faith can be boosted by the faith of others. Sometimes it’s dependent on them. Their prayers reminded me of the bigness of God, His sovereignty and the Holy Spirit’s comfort and counsel.
They put to words the groans of the Spirit described in Romans 8. They poured out their hearts like God poured out a fullness of Christ’s love in mine through his Spirit (Romans 5).
It was refreshing, encouraging, faith building but not surprising. I sought them out. I desired their unhindered wet-with-the-Spirit faith. We had our youth pastor meetings at First Assembly and I don’t mean First Assembly church of Christ, First Assembly of God.
You know what I’m talking about. You probably have a go-to person or a couple who has an unlimited belief in God and the Holy Spirit’s activity on this planet. The way they talk about God is different, the way they pray is different. They are like an outlier in your faith community that is cautious to admit that God prompts people, or speaks to people, or can do the impossible.
Your faith is too rational, too guarded, too sterile to provide the heavy lifting of watching a loved one die with hope.
You go to this person, this couple because you want to meet God. You want to encounter the God of the Bible that you read about and that you are apprehensive or afraid. The powerful unpredictable God of fresh fire, flowing rivers, deep wells, strong winds, the uncaged God.
What you are looking for is the person of Spirit.
It’s what I sought. It’s what I seek.
What do you seek? If you are like me you may have given your life to God and now you seek to experience him. But for others they have experienced him and now they spend the rest of their lives answering these two questions: Who is the God I met? And what does he want for my life?
Which one are you?
You don’t just need to believe in God. You need to meet him.
I wanted my mother to live but what I discovered in my weariness of prayer was that I wasn’t.
I wanted my mother to be healed and what I discovered was that I needed to be healed from my sickness of fear. The fear of doubt. The fear that asks, “What if I believe my God to be too big and find him to be the opposite? What if I speak in the boldness in the Spirit and find myself as an outsider in my own faith community?”
My mother died. Cancer took her life. It was a pivotal moment in mine. I learned and am learning that it’s ok to seek freedom. A freedom from the oppressive, suffocating, tyranny of the natural.
I’m still a work, the Spirit is still working on me, and He still working in this world.
Holy Spirit reign on me and in me.
Have you ever experienced a weariness in your faith and prayers? Do you have a go-to person that gives you strength through the Holy Spirit? What does this reveal about your own relationship with God’s Spirit?
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Mother is the main shrine in every family. From the very early childhood, one should teach children to respect their parents with respect, because they gave life. Situations are different, sometimes it is impossible to solve some issues on their own. Then you need to turn to the Lord. Of course, you can read the famous prayers from the Orthodox prayer book without much emotion, but it is much more effective to pray in your own words, coming from the heart. Let this prayer is not so beautifully formulated, but it should be emotionally saturated. Only such words the Lord accepts. The prayer for my mother carries great power.
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How to pray for parents?
The father and mother must be one for the children. Therefore, it is better to read a joint prayer for them. Prayer for my mother in this case will be much stronger and more pleasant to God. Of course, there are situations when one of the parents is no longer alive, then you should turn to the Lord with other prayers. But if the parents are alive, it is better to ask the good of both of them. Every child, little or old, is worried about the health of his parents. Prayer for Mom’s Health must not leave the mouth. What are some words you can turn to the Lord?
Prayer for the Health of Parents
O my Lord, let your will be done tomy mother was always healthy, so that she could serve you with sincere faith and instruct me in your ministry. Give my parents food, prosperity and prosperity so that our whole family can serve You in joy. Mom is the most precious thing that I have. Protect her from all life’s troubles, give strength and wisdom to cope with difficult situations and send her health of the physical and spiritual. May my mother and father raise me worthily, so that in life I can do only the things that are pleasing to You. Give them their health and all kinds of blessings, they condescend to bless them, so that they can warm my heart with their warmth. Fulfill all my requests coming from my heart. May my words and the intentions of my soul please You. Only in Your mercy I hope, my Lord. Amen.
Prayer for my mother is a trembling appeal to the Lord. And, first of all, we should express our gratitude to God for giving us such parents.
Prayer for Mom and Father
Oh, all-merciful Lord, I thank You for everything,that you give me, especially for my parents. My gratitude to them knows no bounds. I pray that I can always appreciate worthily their unselfish service to their children, their inordinate efforts and always express their gratitude to them so that it reaches their heart. Lord, I pray thee, reward my parents for all their labors. Give them health and grace. Send them happiness and peace of mind. My Lord, teach me always to please, love, respect, and help. Send your blessing to our whole family so that it will be one heart and soul. Amen.
There is another wonderful prayer about my mother.
I pray for you, my mother
Oh, Lord, help my mother, take all her away.anxiety and all sorrow. Keep her good heart from mental anguish and save from all suffering. Take all my ailments from my mother, body and soul, heal from all diseases. Be merciful, God, to my mother, strengthen her faith in You and bestow on you. For the sake of Thy Mother, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, hear my supplication. Do not leave, Lord, my mother in troubles and difficulties without His protection. Show her your grace and descend to her boundless mercy. You always hear my prayers coming from the heart. Mom is the most precious thing that I have. I ask You, my Lord, for me to be always grateful to her for everything she does for me.
This prayer can be changed and supplemented. The main thing is that it should be sincere and sound from the heart.