I fear John Knox’s prayers more than an army of ten thousand men.
Mary, Queen of Scotland
One important mother in the Bible was Hannah. She received her child as the direct result of her broken prayers and she only had him until he was weaned, about 3 to 6 years typically. She then returned the much prayed for child to the Lord to serve Him. 1 Samuel 2 records her prayer and her faith in the Lord. She left her son, Samuel, with Eli whose sons were “worthless and did not know the Lord.” (1 Samuel 2:12) Yet although she only saw Samuel yearly, you can be sure there was much prayer offered for him during those years.
Samuel is the only child in the Bible that I know of that the same statement used of our Lord was used of him. Both their mothers were Praying Mothers, with their prayers recorded in Scripture! (1 Samuel 2:1-10, Luke 1:46-55)
1 Samuel 2:26 Now the young man Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favor with the Lord and also with man. ESV
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man. ESV
Oh, if the Lord could say that about my children!
The Lord will accomplish His purpose despite or even because of the circumstances. Our children will be responsible for their decisions. But even so, we as parents will be held accountable for our decisions in raising our children, whether good or bad.
As I often point out to my children, I am the perfect mother for them. Not that I am perfect, by no means, but that the Lord in His perfect wisdom knew what mother they needed to become what He desires them to be. That includes the good, the bad, and the ugly. But it also works both ways. See the Lord knew what children I needed to become what He wants me to be. Including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Sometimes He gives you a child that there is no doubt what character flaws in yourself the Lord is working on. 🙂