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My Mother's Prayers
Dr. Stan Coffey
1 Samuel 1:26-28
We will be looking at the mother of Samuel; her name was Hannah. What a wonderful mother she was. As we look at her, I pray that you'll identify with this woman who, because she knew how to pray, received a son from God. This son became one of Israel's greatest leaders, a man of God who preached all over the land and called the nation back to God. "And she said, 'Oh my Lord, as thy soul liveth, my Lord, I am the woman that stood by thee here, praying unto the Lord. For this child I prayed'" (1 Samuel 1:26-27a). I want you to notice those words, "For this child I prayed." This is the heart, the soul, the most inward thoughts of a mother. "For this child I prayed." I know that mothers can think about your children, and each of them one by one, and you can think, "For this child I prayed." Maybe you prayed for them before they were born, as Hannah did. Maybe you prayed for them after they were born. Maybe you're praying for them for some special need in their life. They may be away from God; they may even be in prison; they may be out there breaking your heart. They may have turned against the values and principles that you taught them when they were young, but as a mother you're still praying.
There's nothing like the power, the influence, of the prayers of a godly mother. So keep on praying, Mother. Don't give up. Keep on praying. God gives a promise in His Word, "'For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of Him. Therefore, also I have lent Him - or given Him - to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.' And he worshipped the Lord there" (1 Samuel 1:27-28). The other day I came across the ideal Mom. This description may fit the modern conception of the ideal Mom. "The ideal Mom never bakes biscuits from a little cardboard tube that goes 'Pow!' when you open it. The ideal Mom appears instantly whenever a family member yells, ...
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