"In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
"Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints," (Ephesians 1:15-18)
I want us to think about the wisdom part of this. What do we need more in this world than wisdom? Wisdom to walk righteously in this wicked world and wisdom to raise our children up to be righteous. I heard one sister say, "I don't do mornings without a prayer for wisdom." How about you? Is a prayer for wisdom on your lips daily?
Often on Sunday afternoons when my husband and I are talking about his morning sermon, he'll tell me that he had "stepped on his own toes a lot with that one." Well, I'm about to step on my own toes a little with this post. While studying Exodus, I can't help but notice the times that God told Moses to, "Rise up early in the morning and present yourself to Pharaoh..." (Ex 8:20, 9:13). There are other times, too, that Moses rose up early in the morning to do as God had commanded him (Ex 24:4, 34:4). These passages always smart a little because they remind me that I need to put more effort into rising early in the morning, every morning, to put first things first (my problem is with the every part). We're commanded to "seek first the kingdom" and to give diligence to understand and carry out God's will (Matt 6:33; 2 Tim 2:15). As mothers, especially home schooling mothers and mothers of very young children, it can be a challenge to make time for our own spiritual development. We're told in Mark 1:35 that our Lord took advantage of the quiet, wee morning hours to pray to the Father. For many of us, the only time that solitude is even an option is early in the morning before the children wake up. If this is the case, we should follow our Great Example's lead and devote this time to God. He demands our best, and this includes the best of our time. Yes, it's about time that this momma, like Moses and Jesus, started rising early in the morning (every morning) to do as God commands me.
"And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end." (Luke 1:28-33)
There are wonderful examples of mothers all throughout the Bible - good ones and bad ones. When I think of Biblical mothers, I suppose I'd have to put Mary, the mother of Jesus, at the top of the list. There is a responsibility placed on all mothers to raise a child in the way he should go, but Mary had even more placed on her shoulders. I cannot even imagine how it felt to be raising the Son of God.
There are those in the religious world that place her on a pedestal. They say she was a sinless lady. While I agree that she had to be sexually pure, there is nothing to indicate she was sinless. In fact, there is definite proof that she did have sin. The Word says, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Romans 3:23) So, I know that she had to have some sins. But for her to be chosen for such a high honor, she had to have been a very godly woman. God choosing her for this high honor puts her in the ranks of people like Enoch who walked with God, Noah who saved himself and family from the flood, and David chosen to rule God's people.
I wish that I could sit at Mary's feet and learn from her. I wonder how she learned to be a godly parent? Nowadays we learn from example and from the Bible. Who helped her to be the mother of the Son of God? She had the Old Testament scriptures. When the family moved to Nazareth she was away from her family so evidently there was no extended family to help her out.
No, I imagine that the mother of our Lord had to rely heavily upon the Holy Scriptures and prayer. Could we not do the same? Our days should begin on our knees both to speak to and listen to our heavenly Father. He speaks to us from His Word. Won't you listen?
"When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches." Psalms 63:6
Is it too late to think about God and His Word? The Psalmist doesn't think so. Isn't it wonderful that we can think about God and His Word any time day or night. We can pray to Him and never worry about it being too late at night or too early in the morning. You don't have to worry about waking Him up, in fact, Jesus spent the night praying to His Father. I must admit that I have never done that.
"And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all
night in prayer to God." Luke 6:12
"Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah."
I read this in my Bible reading today. In the version I was reading (NKJV), it read, "Be angry, and sin not." That is what called my attention to it. I thought of something that happened recently.
In the middle of a trying day, I thought I'd have about 10 mins of peace and quiet before a task. I was just getting settled when something the kids were doing called me away from my R&R. I blew my top! I totally lost my cool. Not good for a Momma trying to be an example for my kids. I had to take a few minutes to calm down. I left the room and sprawled on my bed in the peace and quiet. I had a prayer, read a few minutes and I was able to face the rest of the day.
To me, that is exactly what the Psalmist is saying here. Take a moment, stand in awe of Him, pray in a silent place and be still. Being still is something we just don't do in our busy society. We rush here, rush there, never a dull moment. How much better would it be if we take time to be still before the temptation to explode?
Find your moment and be still everyday.