I believe it’s time to Pray for Moms. Moms need prayer. I believe we are faced with such a serious job and the only way we can parent well is if we are praying for one another.
But often times I’m so focused on myself. I’m focused on my children and about my children’s needs. I neglect to think about my mom friends and how much they need prayers just as much as I do.
Some days I don’t know what to pray for them. I only know to say their name again and again all day long.
Our God knows the details. Sometimes when I know the details I pray for the wrong things. I do not always pray God’s way. I pray for the easy way. I am weak like that. Not knowing all the details can sometimes benefit my friends.
Pray for Moms was created in February. I invited friends to join me. 14 of us created calendars. Adding one friend’s name down for each day of the month. 31 friends each over 400 moms total.
Pray for Moms
Each mom made a commitment to pray every day for one person. That surely sounds a whole lot easier than going through an entire address book trying to lift up everyone I know each morning.
I asked these women who committed to pray to pray for three things:
One – their friend’s faith.
Two – strength. Moms need strength physical, emotional, and mental strength to get through this season of life.
Third – their friend’s children & marriage.
I hope we pray for each other that our families will walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord. A way that bears fruit and will honor Him.
Some friends who I added to my calendar were not even that close of a friend. Some distant family members I hardly talk to any more. But God had put that woman’s name on my heart and I committed to pray for her for that day.
When we stand in the gap like this for another it truly is beautiful. It’s recalling someone and asking the Lord to shine favor on them to protect them and to love on them when they need it most. It is a gift – just as that friend is a gift!
Some days I would hear later that something pretty cool happened and I would go back to my calendar. Sure enough when I prayed for that woman – it just happened to be on that day.
Sometimes a friend would text they needed help – that they needed an extra prayer. Yup, they were on my calendar for that day. Not every time – but enough to get pumped up to keep praying!
Some days I would feel down and flat, yet something would change. Later I would get a text that someone had been praying for me. I was on their calendar for that day.
When I started the month with a blank calendar and putting those names down I had no idea what they would need and I didn’t ask them for any requests. Many of them never even knew I prayed for them. It was not something to be braggadocios about.
I didn’t want any prayers in return because I knew the time each morning spent with God was going to be a blessing to me. I knew that quality time – my quiet time with God was going to be enriched. I knew that this was more for me than it was for them, but God would bless them too.
Pray for moms is not about one magical scripture verse. I chose the verb “pray” because it is an action we need to do now, not a noun we can be casual about some time when we have the time to get to it later.
Pray for Moms is not about being a super friend and solving all our friends’ problems. Pray for Moms is about deepening our relationship with Christ while lifting up mom friends to the throne of grace.
Pray for Moms is my heart’s call for true friendship. It is a promise to stand in the gap. To stand beneath a holy God who loves us. It is a declaration to be a friend who will not let our mom friends stand alone.
You can join other moms praying for one another. This isn’t about adding your name to another prayer request list – this is a commitment to pray for your mom friends. Pray for Moms is on Instagram @PrayforMoms
Try it for a week. Join us for a month!
April: Marriage! Find out why & the 30 Words we’ll be praying (one each day).
May: Moms! Mother’s Day Month is all about praying our mom friends know they are loved, valued, chosen & ENOUGH!
June – weekly verses: Psalm 5:11, Philippians 4:6, John 14:27, Matthew 5:16
July – weekly verses: Jeremiah 17:8, Proverbs 31:25, Psalm 98:4, Galatians 6:9
August – weekly verses
September: Pray for Moms as school, sports, activities & busy try to overwhelm us.