A mother’s prayer {day# 13}

John 16:24 “until now you have asked nothing in My name; ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.”

i’m struck by a mother’s prayer for her son’s salvation.

this son turned out to be one of the greatest historical influences on early Christianity. he happens to be one of husbuddy’s favorite historical figures:: his name is Augustine of Hippo.

a few years ago we read a book together by John Piper called “the Legacy of Soverign Joy” in which Piper explains the significance of Joy in the lives Augustine, Luther and Calvin as examples to modern day Christians. i highly recommend this book but that’s not what I’m here to talk about.
i want to talk about the importance of prayer in Augustine’s life. Particularly the prayer of his mother.

Augustine’s mother, Monica, prayed for him so persistently all of his life.

she was a Christian and her son was not.

She desperately wanted him to be saved from the destructive path he had chosen.  she wanted him to stay home, not party all the time, get married, have kids… who knows what else… but most of all she wanted him to know her savior, Jesus.

There are so many things that i could say here but i just want to encourage any mother {or future mother} out there, never stop praying for your children.

here are a couple of quotes from the book:

“she shed more tears [over] my spiritual death,” Augustine said, “then other mothers shed for the bodily death of a son.”

“then we went and told my mother [of my conversion], who was overjoyed…for she saw that You had granted far more than she used to ask in tearful prayers and plaintive lamentations. You converted me to yourself…and you turned her sadness into rejoicing, into joy far fuller than her dearest wish, far sweeter and more chaste than any she had hoped to find in children begotten of flesh.” -Augustine

“…such was the lesson Augustine learned from the unremitting travail of his mothers prayers. Not what she thought she wanted in the short run, but what she most deeply wanted in the long run-God gave her “joy far fuller than her dearest wish” “ask, and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full” (John 16:24) -John Piper

joy comes from prayer. prayer that includes thanksgiving for what God has provided and trusting for what He WILL provide.

{this is part of a 31 day series on practicing prayer. please check out the other posts in this series to read more about what i’m learning about prayer}

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