I know I have written in-depth about being a Godly woman but I want to continue to dig deeper. I was watching a sermon about faithfulness and I felt convicted about focusing on women.
Being a woman (especially of color), we have to work twice as hard as any other person. Personally, I think we are at the bottom of the totem pole and have more to prove.
I can go on and on about various examples of how black women are treated in today’s society but I will save that for another day.
It really dawned on me that in almost every church I’ve visited, there are more men than women and always wondered why is that the case. I know many men of God but yet somehow, they are not visible in the church. I hope and pray that this changes but for right now, the attendances of women are higher.
I went on the search for any biblical context of the meaning behind a “praying woman” or “praying mother” and was glad to see I found some. So I have gathered 10 examples of wonderful and courageous women in the bible.
24 On the way to Egypt, at a place where Moses and his family had stopped for the night, the Lord confronted him and was about to kill him. 25 But Moses’ wife, Zipporah, took a flint knife and circumcised her son. She touched his feet* with the foreskin and said, “Now you are a bridegroom of blood to me.” 26 (When she said “a bridegroom of blood,” she was referring to the circumcision.) After that, the Lord left him alone.
She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulum. And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” (Judges 4:6-7)
And Manoah said to his wife, “We shall surely die, for we have seen God.” But his wife said to him, “If the LORD had meant to kill us, he would not have accepted a burnt offering and a grain offering at our hands, or shown us all these things, or now announced to use such things as these.” (Judges 13:22-23)
Boaz was kind to pray for Ruth, that she would receive protection from the LORD, but Ruth humbly called Boaz to recognize that he was God’s choice to provide that protection. Ruth became the mother of Obed, grandfather of David.
Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer. (Ruth 3:9)
As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad. (1 Samuel 1:12-18)
David said to Abagail, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! Blessed be your discretion, and blessed be you, who have kept me from this day from bloodguilt and from working salvation with my own hand!” (1 Samuel 25:30-33)
The Wise Woman of Tekoa
Then the woman said, “Please let your servant speak a word to my lord the king.” He said “Speak.” And the woman said, “Why then have you planned such a thing against the people of God? For in giving this decision the king convicts himself, inasmuch as the king does not bring his banished one home again.” (2 Samuel 14:12-13)
The Wise Woman of Abel-Bethmaach
Then a wise woman called from the city, “Listen! Listen! Tell Joab, ‘Come here, that I may speak to you…They used to say in former times, ‘Let them but ask counsel at Abel,’ and so they settled a matter. I am one of those who are peaceable and faithful in Israel. You seek to destroy a city that is a mother in Israel. Why will you swallow up the heritage of the Lord?” Joab answered, “Far be it from me, far be it, that I should swallow up or destroy! That is not true. But a man of the hill country of Ephraim, called Sheba the son of Bichri, has lifted up his hand against King David. Give up him alone, and I will withdraw from the city.” (2 Samuel 20:16-21a)
The Shunammite Woman
And she said to her husband, “Behold now, I know that this is a holy man of God who is continually passing our way. Let us make a small room on the roof with walls and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that whenever he comes to us, he can go in there.” (2 Kings 4:9-10)
Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai, “Go, gather all the Jews to be found in Susa, and hold a fast on my behalf, and do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my young women will also fast as you do. Then I will go to the king, though it is against the law, and if I perish, I perish.” Mordecai then went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.”(Esther 4:15-16)
I find it very interesting that these women were helping men in their time of frustration and keeping them from making terrible mistakes through faith and prayer. I want to assume that is what God meant by us women being a helpmate to our partners, not a walking mat, BUT I’ll save that jewel for another post!
My favorite of these examples is Hannah because in the beginning of the verse, it states, “as she continued praying”. That touched my spirit so strongly that I had to have a mini praise break.
Often times as believers, when things don’t go our way, we stopped praying. If you read the entire chapter, Hannah was upset because she could not have a child. In verse 10, it says that she was in anguish.
I will be the first to admit that I do not know much about infertility but I know that can be a very emotional, physical, mental and spiritually damaging experience. I assume that Hannah went through all of that but she still prayed and God answered her prayers.
Ladies, it may not be your time to get married, have kids, get that job or start that business but keep praying. Continue to go boldly before God and ask because you shall receive. Remain faithful to His promises and He will double your portion. Continue to serving whether it’s behind the scenes or on the pulpit, YOUR TIME WILL COME.
Trust me, I know it is easier said then done but I am a witness of what being faithful to God can do. God never promised this life would be easy, but He did promise He would always be there.