Thirty-six hours. I calculated that quickly in my head. I wondered one morning, “How many hours have I prayed over the past school year?” As I accounted for holiday breaks and days off, I came up with approximately thirty-six hours of prayer…prayer for my children. Yes, a day and a half of prayer for my kids in one school year. Could I have accomplished that without Moms in Prayer? Possibly. But with crazy schedules and distractions, it would be challenging. For me, I need and thrive on the structure, the accountability and the friendships to keep nudging me and spurring me to go. Seeing one small hour per week and how that adds up, plus seeing God’s amazing faithfulness as He honors that small commitment, how could I not go? It is during that one hour that we bring our children before the Almighty Throne of God. For me, I could not imagine accomplishing that on my own, not without Moms in Prayer.
Pray, pray, pray— God tells me over and over again. Ephesians 6:18 tells us, “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance…” With Moms in Prayer, I stay alert and persevere in prayer for my children. Truthfully, who else will persevere and protect like a mother, like a parent? And there is a concrete result from all those hours of prayer for my children. The spiritual results we see week after week, especially during our time of thanksgiving as we make our way through the prayer sheet… so many prayers are answered. Although some are not yet resolved, we leave our Moms in Prayer meetings encouraged that we are fighting for our children and winning!
As we start our fall 2016-2017 academic school year, could I offer some encouragement and a gentle reminder of Thirty-six hours? Could I add that I too need that reminder. To make time in the midst of our busy schedules and to stick to our one hour and make prayer the utmost priority. Could we then begin to watch those hours add up, from 36 to 72, to 108 hours and on and on. Those hours will turn into days and weeks and yes, even months of prayer, as we grow deeply in our relationship with God. While always remembering that our prayers for our children: protection, safety, their closeness with the Lord, success, Christian friendships, classroom teachers, godly spouses, favor, and on and on, never go unheard by Jesus our Lord and Savior. Never.
So, let us look toward the school year with great anticipation. For not only our one hour together, but the hours of prayer we are building together, for a heritage we are creating with Moms in Prayer at our side. And, although we can measure them in hours, it is truly an eternity we are helping forge for our children.
Susan A. Vernick became a Christian and began a personal relationship with Jesus Christ in February 1993. A military wife, married to a US Army veteran, they have four children. Susan has led a local Moms in Prayer group for the past five years. Along with Christ, Moms in Prayer has changed her life and impacted her family in countless wonderful ways. She has a passion for writing about how Jesus changes lives through His amazing love. Susan writes devotionals and has been published in The Evangel and The Quiet Hour, a quarterly publication that provides daily inspiration through stories related to Scripture. She continues to write from her home in Upstate New York.