I believe now more than ever Moms need prayer.
But often times I’m so focused on me. 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.
It was a day in February when I felt crushed. I was exhausted. Sick. Overcome with stress. Out of complete desperation I asked Hubs, “Are you even praying for ME?” He admitted he wasn’t. Then I realized … I wasn’t praying for anyone else but myself.
Rather than wallow in my failures as a mom I prayed for another mom. I started purposefully praying for my mom friends. Some days I didn’t know what to pray. I only knew to say a friend’s name again and again all day long.
ALL DAY LONG
Audrey Audrey Audrey
Jenn Jenn Jenn
Connie Connie Connie
Eryn Eryn Eryn
It was all I had to offer. I was certain our God is big enough to know the details. Honestly, 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!!
I invited friends to join me. 14 of us created calendars. Adding one friend’s name down for each day of March. Over 400 moms total. Young moms. Old moms. Single moms. Working moms. Homeschool moms. Empty-nest moms. New moms. Foster moms. Adoptive moms. Sick moms.
Pray for Moms
Each friend made a commitment to pray every day for one of their mom friends. That surely sounds a whole lot easier than me going through an entire address book trying to lift up everyone I know every morning.
I asked the 14 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.
Three- their friend’s children & their marriage if they were married.
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.
I took a blank March calendar and randomly wrote down names. One name for each day. 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 to me!
Some days I would hear 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 same day. I’m certain I had nothing to do with it, but God likes showing off like that. He knows it fires up my faith and determination to keep praying.
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.
Some days I would feel down and flat, yet something would radically 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 I was trying 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 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 and lift up another. 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 and Facebook: PrayforMoms
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