Saturday, March 23, 2013

Pray for Widows With Children to Raise

Dear God,
I pray for women who have been left to raise children on their own. This is a huge responsibility and burden--when you're married and have the support of a father to share the duties. But when you're a mom alone---God, how do you expect these ladies to do all this?!
So, Lord, this is why we must pray!
Oh Lord, fulfill your Word to them from Psalm 68:5 and be a father to these fatherless children. Do a work in their little hearts that assures them they belong to you. Help these children come to Jesus as the little ones in the New Testament did. Protect them from worldly adults and false teachers who claim there is no God. Heal their grief, help them stay true to you, and help them be a comfort and delight to their mother.
And for these mothers, Lord, please strengthen and protect them. Defend them, as you are declared the "defender of widows." If they are lonely, set them in the midst of families---their own family, their church family, and perhaps the family of a godly man you will send to be her new husband and new father for her children. Lord, raise up these men with the backbone and integrity to be our heroes!
Above all else, Lord, may the widow with children to raise find her rest in you. Draw her to yourself, surround her with your lovingkindness and new mercies every morning. Fill her days with deep joy, fill her mind with your wonders, fill her heart with your peace. Collect her tears in your bottle and transform them into her treasure. Bless her with kindness and rest.
In Jesus Name,
Amen

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families . . . Psalm 68:5,6a

9 comments:

  1. Amen.

    My heart goes out to these women. May they richly feel the presence of God in all areas of their life.

    FlowerLady

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  2. I'll second that Amen, Lorraine. It's extremely difficult and the Lord's ever-present help is our heartcry. Love to you.

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  3. Needed this prayer more than any thing. Now on the second year of widow hood the loss feels real and the challenges of single parenting so overwhelming. Every day a thought of wether my children will become what God designated for them will ever come to manifest always invade my mind . Are they going to trust God again and feel very safe in his hands after the trauma of losing their dad despite numerous innocent prayers for healing

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  4. This came right on time. Just when I have been wondering and crying out to the Lord to help me raise godly children. Every time I see my youngest girl, I feel so sorry that she will not have the experience of growing up with a daddy. And now that I have to make important decisions like choosing future school etc, its finally downing on me that parenting is a walk meant for two. So thank you for the reminder Ferree, that HE is the father of the fatherless. Maybe I should worry less, and trust HIM more.

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  5. Thank you for the prayer, Ferree.
    Marisol

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  6. I hope everyone will especially pray for Marisol, Rachael and Gertrude because I know they have such young children to raise. Author Sandra Aldrich, "From One Single Mom to Another," and her kids survived widowhood and show there is hope for us all when we follow God through this.

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  7. What a beautiful prayer, Ferree! I'd love to share it on my website if I can and also add a link to your book:)
    Cindy

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  8. I'd love for you to share and link Cindy. <3 I'd still like to feature your book here. We can talk about it after Easter maybe?
    <3

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  9. Thank you, Ferree! I'll post this weekend and YES, let's talk about the other after Easter. Have a very Happy Easter!!

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