Spiritual mothers are women who have the gift of encouraging other believers. They lift up others by praying for them, including specific prayers and intercessions. In addition to praying for others, spiritual mothers lead by example as they walk with God daily and help others find happiness through service in their home, community and workplace.
What is a Spiritual Mother?
What is a Spiritual Mother?
A spiritual mother is a woman who is involved in the spiritual life of another woman, helping her to grow in her faith. She helps her grow in her relationship with God, as well as helping her overcome obstacles that stand in the way of this growth. A spiritual mother is not necessarily older or wiser than anyone else; she simply has found someone who needs help growing spiritually and wants to give it to them.
Barbara’s story is a story of how she became a spiritual mother.
Barbara was born in Northern Ireland and lived there until her early twenties. She moved to England and lived there for over twenty years before moving back home to Belfast, where she still lives today. Barbara became interested in spirituality when she started taking classes at NIIT (New International Institute of Thought) in 2005, which led her on the path toward becoming a spiritual mother.
Mary’s story is told in the Gospel of Luke. She was a young Jewish woman from Nazareth and betrothed to Joseph, who was a carpenter. They were living together when she became pregnant with Jesus, who was born in Bethlehem. The angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her that God had chosen her to bear His son (Luke 1:26-38).
It is interesting that Mary’s name means “rebellion” or “proud one” because she did not agree with what God wanted her to do at first – she was too young and afraid of losing her reputation if people found out about their relationship (Matthew 1:18-25). However, after some time had passed, they both accepted God’s plan for them and lived happily ever after (Matthew 1:20-24; 2 Samuel 6:23)!
10 Things You Can Do to Become a Spiritual Mother
- Be a good listener.
- Be a good example.
- Be a good friend.
- Be a good teacher.
- Be a good helper—when you see someone struggling, offer them practical help and guidance in whatever way you can (and pray for them even when they don’t ask).
- Be a prayer warrior—pray for yourself and others; it’s one of the best ways to show our care for others! Remember how Paul says in Colossians 4:2: “Devote yourselves to prayer.” When we devote ourselves to prayer, we’re saying that this person or situation is important enough for us to spend time with God about it every day until it gets better or resolved somehow…and not just once or twice but over and over again throughout our lives as new needs arise from time to time requiring more attention than before because each person has different needs depending on where they’ve been at any given moment during their life journey so far.” This is what makes being an effective spiritual mother such an honorable role within society today–you’re never done learning how much there still remains left behind which needs tending too due its importance alone just like someone else might have theirs needing tended too also so both parties involved benefit greatly through having their respective needs met successfully!”
1. Take the initiative and ask if you can pray for someone.
This can be a little intimidating, but try not to let fear stop you from making an effort. If someone asks for prayer, don’t be afraid to ask them if there is anything else they would like from yourself or anyone else in the room. Do not be afraid of being seen as needy. It is okay to ask others for assistance in praying for your needs, because God knows your heart and loves you immensely regardless of what it looks like on the outside; He understands what you are going through and hopes that His people will come alongside Him to carry some of the weight on their shoulders so He can free up His hands for ministry.
2. Pray specific prayers, not general ones.
Praying for specific things is another way you can pray like a saint. For example, one time I prayed that my car would start and it did! Or, sometimes I’ll have a bad feeling about something and then pray specifically for it to go away. If you’re not sure what your needs are or don’t know what to pray for, try praying in the form of saying “thank you” or “please.” That’s what I do when I feel unsure about asking for something specific from God. It doesn’t always work right away but it can open up space for God to work in unexpected ways!
3. Always pray with faith that God will answer prayer.
- Always pray with faith that God will answer prayer.
When you pray, always remember that God is listening to your prayers no matter what you are asking for or on how hard your petition is to Him. Always have faith that He will answer because He loves us and desires our good (Matthew 6:33). We just have to trust Him and wait patiently for His response.
4. Identify your friends’ spiritual needs and pray for them by name.
“Pray for your friends by name.”
Yes, I know this goes against the advice of many spiritual leaders who counsel us to pray with a non-specific “Thy will be done” kind of devotion. But I believe God wants us to be very specific in our prayers for others. The Bible is full of examples where people took time and effort to pray specifically for the needs of others (see Acts 12:1-19). We should follow their example, especially if they are people we love dearly or serve alongside in ministry.
If you’re not sure how to pray specifically and constructively for someone’s needs, start by asking yourself questions like: What does this person need most right now? How can I help them? What are their biggest dreams and desires? How can I partner with them in those areas? If it’s appropriate, talk with them about what is on their mind and offer your help as needed (and only as needed). If it feels right, write down these requests for prayer so you will remember when it comes time for your own devotionals or bedtime prayers!
5. Intercede for people when they face difficulties or trials in their lives.
- Intercession is a gift that God gives to some Christians. It is not a substitute for prayer, action, or patience. It’s also not a substitute for love and encouragement because intercessors must be filled with both before they can intercede effectively.
- The Bible says in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that it’s the responsibility of women “to dress themselves properly…. [and] adorn themselves modestly and sensibly in respectable apparel, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly attire.” Christians should honor the Lord by dressing in an appropriate manner at church and other places where God may lead them to minister His message of hope and salvation through Jesus Christ!
6. Encourage people to be involved in the local church and to attend weekly services regularly.
Encourage people to be involved in the local church and to attend weekly services regularly. The importance of the local church is a topic that has been debated over time, but we can all agree that it is important for a Christian to be part of a local community of believers. The Bible encourages this (Hebrews 10:25).
The Bible also tells us that when Christians gather together on Sundays, it helps them grow spiritually (Hebrews 10:24). This is because attending worship services allows us to learn from other believers as well as listen to God’s Word preached by an ordained leader in our congregation or denomination. To help others grow spiritually and encourage them to attend services regularly, we need not just tell them what they should do but show them how it works!
7. Help people find happiness through service in their home and community as well as at church and work.
Happiness is the most powerful force on earth. If you want to be a spiritual mother, help people find happiness through service in their home and community as well as at church and work.
Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy, even if you’re sad or angry at the moment. When people around you are sad or angry, be the one who reminds them that they have choices about how they feel and behave—that’s what being happy means!
8. Encourage a lifestyle of Bible study every day and ask God to open your friend’s mind to His Word (Ephesians 1:17-18).
If you’re a spiritual mother, it’s also your duty to help your friend grow in her relationship with God and learn how to apply His Word. Encourage a lifestyle of Bible study every day and ask God to open your friend’s mind to His Word (Ephesians 1:17-18). Here are some ways you can help:
- Read aloud from the Bible with her. This will not only teach her the meaning behind the verses but also give you an opportunity to discuss what they mean for both of your lives. Read together from one of Paul’s epistles or another book that focuses on applying God’s truth specifically in this case (for example, Ephesians). If she doesn’t have an idea where to start, ask if there is anything specific she wants guidance on right now—for example, a decision she is trying to make or someone who needs encouragement in their walk with Christ—and choose verses based on those needs. You could also read through a whole book out loud if that seems easier than picking out individual passages; some people find it easier just hearing Scripture rather than trying to read it themselves!
9. Ask God to give you wisdom to know how much help you should give to those you love and when you need to back off (James 1:5).
- Ask God to give you wisdom to know how much help you should give to those you love and when you need to back off (James 1:5).
This was a hard one for me, and it’s something I still struggle with today. I feel like my children are always in need of some kind of assistance, whether that means teaching them something or helping them with homework or giving them a bath. But I have learned that sometimes they just want me around—to sit on their bed while they tell me about their day at school or watch TV together in silence because words aren’t necessary right now. They don’t need my help; they just want my company. This is an important lesson for all mothers: Know when your presence alone is enough for your child, even if it doesn’t seem like it at first glance!
10. Expect God will work miracles in the lives of others based on your prayers for them! (Hebrews 11)
- Don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. God’s timing is perfect, so it can take time for a person to respond.
- Remember that God’s timing is perfect, not yours! That means He will answer your prayers at the best possible moment for His purposes and your life.
- Be patient and keep praying! The more faithful you are at praying for others (and believing God will answer), the more fulfilled you’ll feel when He does answer in miraculous ways.
- Keep trusting God to answer your prayers—and know that He has good reasons for how He answers them!
I hope this article has inspired you to become a spiritual mother. It’s never too late to start, and it will change your life!