It is just beginning to enter my consciousness that there is a new life growing inside of me; a life that never before has been known in the history of mankind. This child’s DNA, fingerprints, and hair count are unlike anyone else’s. There never has been and there never will be anyone just like this new child. Yet even more than this wonder about the physical development of this tiny person, is the awe being impressed upon my heart about the spiritual potential within this fresh human.
The Bible speaks frequently about God knitting each individual together in the mother’s woman; about knowing our inward parts before we were even conceived; about the number of our days being written in His book. My mind cannot bear the greatness of the thought that God is intimately designing and growing my child within me at this very moment! This new awareness is prompting me to be in deeper communication with God regarding my baby. I have been asking Him to show me what to pray and here is what He has shared with me:
Dear Jesus, Creator of my child,
I humbly thank you for this most precious of all gifts – to be a part of your master plan for this little person. I have been asking you to cultivate within me a mother’s heart that honors you. I am praying what you have laid on my heart regarding this baby.
As you knit my son or daughter together, please develop a mind that is ready to think critically, learn avidly, and understand clearly. I ask that these new eyes and ears which are still being intricately put together would be attentive to only that which pleases you. May words which uplift be frequently upon this child’s tongue and may Your Word be familiar to this little one’s lips.
I saw how active my baby’s arms and legs were and I know that miniscule fingernails and toenails are forming at this moment. It is my prayer that those hands will only reach out in service to others and in worship to You. May they open Your Word with eagerness every day and may they lift up those who have fallen. I plead with you to keep those tiny feet on Your straight and narrow path. May they walk with the wise and not stray to the right or to the left. I hope that should someone ever follow my child’s footsteps they would lead only homeward or heavenward. May they run with endurance that race that is marked out for us.
Closest to this new mother’s heart is the urgent plea for my baby’s heart. From the moment this little heart started beating I ask that it was marked out for You. I so desperately desire that this girl or boy would ever be sensitive to Your Truth. Please fill me and my husband with the wisdom and discernment necessary to train this eternal soul up in the way that leads to You. I beg You to keep us in tune with You so that we will know how to shepherd this new lamb in Your flock. Claim this child for Your honor and glory.
From a mother’s heart I ask these things in Your name,
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Shelby, you are already the epitome of a nurturing mother. I think your baby is going to have a great life, right from the start. A child’s interactions with his/her parents will affect them for the rest of their life.
Thank you so much for your kind words. The relationship that you have with your parents is a testimony to the verity of your statement.