This text is a part of the Learn how to Pray collection.
1. Pray that your little one would know she or he is an image-bearer of God.
Whether or not you’re a brand-new mom or a mom of twelve, it’s astonishing that God would develop one other one (or extra!) of his picture bearers in your womb. Although the kid is made up of your DNA and bears resemblance to you, she or he is foremost a picture bearer of the triune God. As are you.
Pause for a minute to note the swirling arcs in your fingers. Take heed to your lungs filling with air, your coronary heart pumping blood by way of your blood vessels, and your mind controlling your physique’s capabilities (at the same time as you sleep). Your life isn’t any accident. Somebody is purposefully holding you collectively (Col. 1:17). Each you and your unborn little one belong to the Lord, you might be his imagers, and also you exist for his glory.
As God’s imagers now we have the unparalleled privilege and duty of representing him to the watching cosmos in each capability he has designed for us.
2. Pray that your little one might be a disciple who makes extra disciples.
God’s large concept of the best way his glory will fill the earth is for all of us to take pleasure in: “making babies who make more babies” factors us to discipleship. The offspring of the Struggling Servant—followers of Jesus who’re born once more by way of his Spirit—go on the gospel to those that will go on the gospel.
Our organic and non secular fertility is facilitated by God for God’s glory (not ours). By the facility of the Spirit, the brand new humanity in Christ will fill God’s new creation to the reward of his superb grace. And will probably be profoundly greater than pretty.
God is after godly offspring as a result of Jesus is destined to be the firstborn amongst many brothers who love like he loves, assume like he thinks, and serve like he serves.
3. Pray that your little one will know God is central.
Oh, how we want eyes to see that God is the middle of the universe! As dizzying because the ache we expertise in elevating youngsters might be, we have to have the wherewithal to recollect the way it factors us to God himself.
Our fertility problems will not be about us. Our being pregnant pains will not be about us. Our labor in constructing our household just isn’t about us. In eternity previous the triune God ordained that the crucifixion of the Son of God can be the technique of our salvation. Previous to Creation. Previous to Adam and Eve’s sin within the backyard. Previous to his pronouncement of the judgment of multiplied ache in childbirth. Previous to the rock incident at Meribah. All alongside, God designed the simply judgment for our sin to exemplify his lavish grace.
4. Pray that your little one can be nourished by God’s Phrase and surrounded by a group of brothers and sisters.
There may be a lot extra to our mothering work than meets the attention. Our hope just isn’t merely that our kids can be fed, clothed, and educated, however our want is that they’d be nourished by God’s Phrase, clothed within the righteousness of Christ, and taught to concern the Lord.
God is after godly offspring as a result of Jesus is destined to be the firstborn amongst many brothers who love like he loves, assume like he thinks, and serve like he serves. That is God’s aim for you, expensive Christian sister, and for all whom he has predestined. The church is one nice, large household of brothers and sisters. We’re alive along with Christ at the same time as we die to ourselves day-after-day, and can sooner or later be bodily raised from demise like Jesus was raised. Our heavenly Father has lovingly appointed for us the best way he brings about this character-conforming in every of our lives. Our place is to not criticize him, however to gratefully undergo him. And we do that collectively!
5. Pray that your little one’s soul can be delivered from demise and obtain new life from God.
The Spirit of God is just like the wind: he freely blows the place he needs to offer life and is succesful to deliver forth life. God is the one who causes his youngsters to be born once more. The Spirit awakens religion, and a babe in Christ is born. As an alternative of feeling overwhelmed by all the pieces on the cultural baggage carousel, pray the Spirit would transfer these luggage out of the best way and shine mild on the reality of God’s Phrase. Sow the seed of the gospel and pray God would awaken religion of their coronary heart.
What a fabulous factor to consider—that he would design childbirth in such a method that we’d have such a stark, pressing, visceral, widespread, and unparalleled image of our lack of ability to avoid wasting ourselves and the Spirit’s freedom to offer us the life we want.
This text is tailored from Labor With Hope: Gospel Meditations on Being pregnant, Childbirth, and Motherhood by Gloria Furman.