Mary, did you know?
“Mary Did You Know?
If you have not watched this video, please do… it is moving.
I often think to myself as I listen to the lyrics, what was she sure of? We know from scripture, “The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” Luke 1:28-38, NIV
She did not know all the specific details of what her son would do while He lived on earth. I do not believe she fully understood all He would endure for us, although she did know He was here for a purpose– to save His people.
As a mother, we, like Mary do not know all of the specific details of what our children will accomplish or endure in this life. But we can train them up with a similar anticipation as Mary.
Where will your baby go?
What will your baby do? What?
Oh, we need to pray. We need to learn to pray hard. Can you imagine Mary believing in faith that the child in her womb was the Son of God. That He had the power to heal and move mountains, yet watching, witnessing Him be tortured, crucified… for us. And He was God. How much more should we be praying for our own children. That they should be strong in the Lord and His mighty power. That they might stand strong against the temptations of this world and lead the people of God to repentance and faith. We do not know the future of our sweet babies when we hold them for the first time, or as we carry them in our wombs. But we know the Lord has a plan for them.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11, NIV
Pray with me sisters. Let’s thank the Lord for sending Jesus to save us from our sins. Let’s ask Him to teach us how to pray for our children in light of what He himself endured.
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” John 14:12, KJV
“Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” 2 Timothy 3:12, KJV
Lord and Savior, we ask, as mothers, to give us bleeding hearts for you. Helps us cry out for you as a woman in labor would cry out to you… for the sake of our children. Let not our efforts be in vain. Help us to be wise as we raise our children, to lead them to your Word, which is alive and living today. Thank you for sending your Son, for making the Word flesh and for dwelling among us. Let your Holy Spirit sanctify our hearts, humble us and make us aware of the need to cry out to you on behalf of our children and future generations. Just as we don’t know what their future holds, grant us peace and joy as mothers. Give us the grace and self-control to give up total control of our children back to you. Amen