POST AUTHOR: GRACE
Hi friends! Today's post is very personal for me. I'm sharing specifically what I am praying for Asher.
I've had a lot of people ask me what I have loved most about pregnancy, and the truth is I've loved how it has influenced my walk with the Lord. Don't get me wrong, I love feeling him kick and move around, but my time with the Lord has gotten even sweeter. Maybe it's because I'm realizing that once Asher is here, my uninterrupted time in the word will pretty much be non-existent.
There's also a lot of worry that comes with pregnancy. Instead of giving into my fears and concerns though, I try to immediately pray and cast my cares on Him. As you can imagine, my prayer life has exploded in the past few months!
So here's what I am praying for our little man. I hope it gives you a look into my heart for him!
First and foremost I pray every morning that Asher will have spiritual and physical strength and health. The most important thing to me is that Asher knows who God is AND what his identity in Christ is. It's important to me that he is not just strong in his faith, but also has a healthy view and relationship with God.
Growing up in the Bible Belt, it's easy to know all the right answers and have the head knowledge, but I don't want it to stop there for Asher. I want him to experience a healthy and thriving relationship with God and to walk in that all the days of his life.
One of the fears you have as a mother is your child's health and strength. When I found out I was pregnant, I immediately thought about Asher's health and how long the Lord would give him on this earth. So I started to pray for physical health and strength.
Why worry when you can pray, right? I also started praying this prayer because the blessing over the Tribe of Asher in Deuteronomy mentions strength. It's important to me to pray this specific blessing over Asher and that he walks in the fullness of his name.
I also pray that Asher is happy and knows how blessed he is. His name quite literally means happy or blessed, and I pray that he is a testimony of the happiness and blessings we receive when we walk with the Lord.
We live in such a broken world, that happiness, joy, blessings, etc. seem hard to recognize some days. I pray that Asher shines his light into every dark corner and that people are drawn to the Lord because of his happiness and joy.
Some other things I've been praying for Asher that seem basic, but again, why worry when you can pray, are....
- Safe and healthy delivery
- For our doctor and nurses
- For my hubby (hospitals make him queasy!)
- No colic (seriously have been scared for this ha!)
- That I would be able to breastfeed and supply enough milk for him
- A good sleep schedule
The list could go on and on, and so I continue to pray when I'm confronted with worry. If you are a soon-to-be momma and find yourself struggling with worry, please take this as an encouragement from me to start praying. I believe that the enemy wants to rob our joy and fill our hearts and minds with fear. However, perfect love casts out fear. So press into Jesus when you are worried or scared. He cares for us and wants to meet all of our needs, we just have to ask!
I keep a prayer journal so I can clearly express my thoughts and one day look back on all the ways God answered my prayers. It's such a cool thing to be able to do! Start today ... it’s never too late.
I hope this post encourages you and shows you a little bit of my heart for Asher. If you are a momma or soon-to-be momma, what are your hopes and dreams for your child and how do you combat worry?
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