by Graham Mol
While looking for lyrics to a certain song I had heard, I came across another with a similar title. Before I moved on I read through the words and found in them a beautiful prayer that I would like to share with you. The song that these word’s come from is called A Mother’s Prayer (Hannah’s Song) by Rachel Aldous. The song beautifully captures the heart of mother lovingly praying over her child that they may grow up to know and serve the Lord. It draws upon the example of Hannah the mother of Samuel the Prophet, as she had fervently prayed with all her heart to have a child, for up to then she had been barren. When God answered her prayer by giving her a son, she dedicated him to the Lord’s service, taking him to grow up and serve in the temple once he had been weaned.
These are Hannah’s words to Eli the priest as she presented Samuel to him.
I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he (Samuel) worshiped the Lord there. – (1 Samuel 1:27-28)
Hannah’s prayer is one echoed by many godly parents as they pray that their child may grow up to love and serve the Lord.
In the song itself there is a spoken prayer of blessing upon the child, but it is also one that we can pray for one another, young or old, near to God or far from Him. This is a blessing that we can give out of the love that we have for someone.
May God grant you peace in the midst of a storm.
May God give you strength even when you’re forlorn.
May you answer the door when Jesus comes knocking.
May wisdom guide when your mouth is talking.
May discretion protect you and keep you pure.
May you never stumble or fall for a lure.
May your heart remain humble to the very end.
May uprightness and truth be what you defend.
May the world not ensnare or change who you are.
May the light that’s within you shine like the stars.
May angels surround you body, spirit, mind.
May favor and peace be yours to find.
May rejection and pain never reach you.
May your spirit grow bold for what you’re called to.
As you rest in God’s care I will rest, too.
Knowing that Jesus is watching over you.