Then the mother of James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus with her sons. She knelt respectfully to ask a favor. "What is your request?" he asked.
She replied, "In your Kingdom, please let my two sons sit in places of honor next to you, one on your right and the other on your left."
— Matthew 20:20-21 NLT
Mothers are so precious. They want what is best for their children. They want others to love their children and see them in the same way they do. These desires sometimes cause them to say things they shouldn't and do things that are ill-advised. But they want good things so very much for their children that they cannot contain themselves.
Notice in the following verses that Jesus does not deal harshly with James' and John's mother. In fact, he recognizes that her question may even arise from within the hearts of her two sons and replies to them, not her (Matthew 20:22-23).
Jesus' ministry is routed in the real world, the same world we live in. Rivalry and ambition and motherly love all collide with truth and God's will and timing. That Jesus lived in and knows our world should be great comfort when we go to him in prayer.
Holy Father, I want to thank you for godly mothers today. I thank you for the way they sacrifice to give life along with the gifts of blessing, hope, and faith to their children. I ask you to bless each of them now and for all eternity with your love, grace, and reward. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.