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What Happens When a Mother Prays
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What Happens When a Mother Prays

Mothers have a special connection with God through prayer. When a mother lifts her voice to heaven, mighty things can happen. As it says in James 5:16, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” The prayers of a righteous mother avail much for her family. God delights to answer the heart cries of mothers on behalf of their children.

Key Takeaways:

  • God hears and answers the prayers of mothers
  • Mothers can intercede for their family through prayer
  • Praying mothers release spiritual protection over their children
  • Mothers’ prayers shape the destiny of their children
  • Persistent prayer changes circumstances for families
  • Mothers gain wisdom and revelation through prayer
  • God works miracles in response to mothers’ prayers
What happens when a mother prays

The Biblical Precedent

Throughout Scripture, we find examples of godly women who prayed powerful prayers for their children and households. In 1 Samuel chapter 1, Hannah cried out to the Lord for a child, and God heard her prayer and blessed her with the prophet Samuel. Hannah continued praying for Samuel as he grew: “she used to make him a little robe and take it to him each year.” (1 Samuel 2:19 NKJV) Her prayers paved the way for her son’s future service to the nation of Israel.

In the New Testament, we see Lois and Eunice, the grandmother and mother of Timothy. Paul commends them, saying, “I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” (2 Timothy 1:5) No doubt the sincere faith of these godly women was forged through hours of prayer for young Timothy. Their faithful prayers shaped Timothy into the mighty man of God he became.

The biblical precedent is clear – when mothers pray for their children, it makes a powerful difference. Though every child has free will, a mother’s prayers can influence, protect, and open doors for the next generation.

Interceding for Family

One key way mothers pray for their families is through intercession – bringing needs before God on behalf of her loved ones. A mother carries a spiritual burden for her household that compels her to her knees. The Apostle Paul urged Christians to pray “always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18 NKJV). Mothers take this admonition seriously by interceding for their family daily.

What happens when a mother intercedes for her family? She acts as a spiritual watchman, covering her loved ones in prayer against harm and evil influences. She cries out for mercy and help in their times of need. She prays for their health, safety, and well-being. She asks God to draw their hearts to Him. The dedicated intercession of a praying mother forms a hedge of protection around her household.

The family is also built up spiritually when a mother intercedes on their behalf. Her prayers beckon the very hand of God to move in their lives. As she prays for her loved ones, blessings begin to overtake them by the power of God. Her intercession opens the windows of heaven for the family.

Protection for Children

One of the most precious privileges of a mother is to pray for the protection of her children. Young ones face a treacherous world filled with temptations and traps. Yet the vigilant prayers of a mother secure God’s shelter and aid. Her intercession activates spiritual defenses over the life of her child.

King David reflected this truth in Psalm 91: “He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge.” (Psalm 91:4 NKJV) Through prayer, a mother nests her children directly under the protective mercy of God. Her intercession summons warrior angels to guard their paths daily. Prayer helps construct a buffer of God’s favor that shields young ones from the attack of the enemy.

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What are some key areas mothers pray for protection over? Firstly, their safety – at school, home, sports activities, driving, etc. She asks the Lord to dispatch His angels to watch over them. Secondly, their purity – in what they see, hear, where they go and who they spend time with. Thirdly, their character – for wisdom and integrity. Fourthly, their relationships – for godly friendships. Mothers plead the blood of Jesus over their children through prayer to seal them in His powerful protection.

The passionate prayers of a mother for her child’s protection help secure God’s attentiveness to their life. Her intercession provides a spiritual security that the world cannot breach.

Shaping Destiny

A mother’s prayers powerfully shape the destiny of her children. She is entrusted by God with the sacred duty of helping chart the course of their life. Her intercession opens doors of opportunity for her children to seize. The pathway to their future is paved through her faith-filled prayers.

For example, Hannah prayed fervently for a child, and Samuel was given to her by God. By continually interceding as he grew up, Hannah prayed forth her son’s prophetic destiny. The returned prodigal child owes much to his mother’s persistent prayers that turned his heart homeward. Many a ministry was birthed through a mother’s supplication.

When a mother lifts up the dreams and desires of her children to the Lord, she invites His involvement to bring it to pass. Her prayers activate heavenly decrees over their lives. The words she speaks in the spirit through intercession help shape the landscape of their destiny. No one has greater spiritual authority to influence a child’s future than a praying mother.

The Bible urges mothers: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6 NKJV) Dedicated mothers disciple their children through tearful, prevailing intercession. They stand in the gap to determine the purposes of God for their offspring. These mighty prayers launch children into their divine callings with heaven’s wind at their back.

Changing Circumstances

Can a mother’s intercession change the circumstances of her family? Resoundingly, yes! When conditions look hopeless, a praying mom petitions heaven to turn things around. She attributes power to God to reverse any situation, no matter how impossible.

Consider the persistent widow Jesus spoke of in Luke 18. Because of her unrelenting appeals to an unjust judge, she eventually obtained justice. How much more will our Heavenly Father bring breakthroughs when His children cry out day and night? The fervent prayers of a mother have special power to command heaven’s intervention.

There are countless testimonies of mothers whose prevailing intercession altered the circumstances of their family. Health emergencies averted. Wavering faith restored. direction. Addictions broken. Prodigals revived. Needs miraculously supplied. The list goes on and on. Was there a common denominator? A mother who refused to stop petitioning heaven for change.

When it looks like everything is coming against her family, a godly mother will pray even harder. She knows how to war on her knees. Jesus taught that persevering prayer has power to overcome. “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him?” (Luke 18:7 NKJV) A mother’s cries move the heart and hand of God to work wonders.

If you want to see a change in your family, immerse yourself in prayer. God waits to show Himself strong on behalf of praying mothers. Like Hannah and the persistent widow, birth spiritual breakthroughs for your loved ones through intercession.

Gaining Revelation

Something powerful happens when a mother spends time in God’s presence interceding for her family – she receives revelation from the Holy Spirit. Insight into spiritual realities influencing her household. Wisdom regarding decisions. Discernment of character and motives. Mothers need the compass of spiritual revelation to guide their families, and prayer positions them to receive it.

Jesus said the Holy Spirit will guide us into truth: “He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26 NKJV) As a mother communes with God in prayer, He enlightens her mind and grants clarity for the journey. Through intercession, she taps into the mind of Christ for her household. Hisstill waters bring supernatural direction and strategies.

A mother also gains revelation through researching the Word during prayer. The Holy Spirit illuminates scriptures that hold promises and answers for her family. As she meditates on God’s Word, He unravels mysteries and gives instructions. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”, says Psalm 119:105. Prayer partners the word of God with the Spirit of God to unveil His purposes.

Intercession positions a mother to receive downloads of divine revelation because prayer opens her spiritual senses. As she worships and consecrates herself, the Lord shares hidden things. Through prayer, she grows in discernment, wisdom and supernatural awareness for her family. A praying mother becomes a Spirit-led navigator who sees from heaven’s view.

God Works Miracles

One of the most amazing blessings of a mother’s intercession is that God works miracles in response! Though we serve a miraculous God, fervent prayer makes us candidates for His supernatural intervention. When a mother cries out to Him as Hannah did year after year, He is moved to flex His divine power on behalf of her children.

Miracles follow the fervent appeal of a righteous mother because God honors her selfless petition. Her intercession aligns with His compassionate heart to show favor. Her prayers allow God to unleash His supernatural aid. Prayer is the conduit through which God’s miraculous power is dispensed. As she boldly yet humbly petitions heaven, a channel opens for Him to display awesome deeds.

The persistent widow received justice because she appealed to a higher court. Her continual requests gave the unjust judge no rest until he granted her request. In the same manner, God is moved to perform wonders when His elect cry out to Him day and night. Christ taught this concept in Luke 18 not so believers would badger God but to equip them with persevering faith for breakthroughs. A mother’s intercession gives God the legal ground on which to move.

All of heaven’s resources can be set in motion to intervene for a child when his mother faithfully intercedes. Her prayers marshal angel armies, accelerate divine timings, unlock spiritual gifts and set captives free. God shows Himself “mighty on behalf of those who wait for Him.” (Isaiah 64:4 NKJV) His mighty arm moves in response to a mother’s humble petitions for her family.

Miracles occur when mothers pray. Supernatural healings, impossible provisions, demonic strongholds coming down and prodigals coming home. Our miracle-working God seems to bend His ear especially close to the earnest prayers of mothers. He delights to show Himself strong when a mom boldly yet reverently appeals to His power and mercy for her children.

A Mother’s Legacy

In summary, the passionate prayers of a godly mother leave a spiritual legacy for generations. Her faithful intercession shapes destinies, changes circumstances, ushers in miracles and draws the mercy of God. When a mother spends time in God’s presence praying for her children, it adjusts the trajectory of their lives.

Though her days of actively mothering may fade, her prayers continue to resound in the courts of heaven. A mother’s intercession echoes into eternity. It is never wasted or forgotten. She sows spiritual seeds through prayer that yield fruit throughout the lives of her children.

One day when we reach the shores of heaven, I imagine we will see those mighty waves of intercession that went before us. We will understand the full scope of how our mother’s prayers shaped our lives behind the scenes. Until then, we can gain insight by listening to testimonies of great men and women of God who rose to fulfill their destiny. Invariably, you will hear them credit a praying mother.

The story is told of the great preacher Charles Spurgeon, a prince of preachers mightily used by God during the late 1800s. When asked what shaped his ministry, Spurgeon replied, “My mother! The Christian world knows very little of that remarkable woman. She prayed for me day and night. Many an evening after the hour of midnight broke upon us when we were still upon our knees crying to God on behalf of the cause. Then would she praise God for permitting her to live to see her prayers answered in her boy.” Spurgeon affirmed it was his mother’s intercession that helped unleash his destiny.

Beloved mother, arise and pray! As you spend time in the secret place interceding for your children, God’s purposes will be birthed in their lives. Yours prayers are your spiritual legacy of protection, guidance and blessing that continues even when you are in heaven. What happens when a mother prays? God moves mountains to bless the children she loves so dearly. He delights to answer you. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9 NKJV)

Pastor duke taber
Pastor Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber

All articles have been written or reviewed by Pastor Duke Taber.
Pastor Duke Taber is an alumnus of Life Pacific University and Multnomah Biblical Seminary.
He has been in pastoral ministry since 1988.
Today he is the owner and managing editor of 3 successful Christian websites that support missionaries around the world.
He is currently starting a brand new church in Mesquite NV called Mesquite Worship Center, a Non-Denominational Spirit Filled Christian church in Mesquite Nevada.