As a young mom, I was intent on being the perfect Christian mom. I had very specific ideas about what that meant. Unfortunately, most of these ideas came from people who were imperfect! I didn’t really pray about it. I went from book to group to message board, to try to figure out the secrets to being that perfect mom.
Amidst my distracted and busy life, I ended up trying a Moms in Prayer group. I had heard about it, but didn’t think I could try it until both kids were in school. My husband even encouraged me to go by watching our toddler.
I still wasn’t sure about it – an hour of praying! With other moms I don’t know? But I was willing to give it a shot.
There, two sweet women welcomed me and explained how we prayed Bible verses together over our children each week. They led me through the simple and effective prayer model of Praise, Confession, Thankfulness, and Intercession. I kept meeting with them and other moms and eventually, I started leading the group. I later became an area coordinator to help connect other local moms to start their own groups.
It has been over fifteen years since I went to that first prayer meeting and it has changed my life.
3 reasons you should try Moms in Prayer:
1. You can’t go wrong praying Scripture
My prayers can be all over the place and focus on what I want. But when I pray a Bible verse, I am more likely to be praying for what God wants.
During one particular season several years ago, our group prayed that God would move mountains. We prayed from Ephesians 3:20, placing the names of our children in the blanks. “Lord, I believe that You are able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine in ________’s life, according to Your power that is at work within ________.”
And we felt led to pray for the students of our kids’ Christian school to experience revival during a retreat. God answered that prayer and several students came to know Christ! They joined others later that semester for a lunchtime Bible study.
2. Prayer changes your heart
That hour of prayer helps me bring my children and worries to Jesus. I also get the privilege of praying for the children of other moms, widening my focus to other people.
Emily, one of our group members, remarked, “I always feel more relaxed and less worried after every Moms in Prayer meeting. Considering the needs of our school community and each of the mothers’ children, always takes my mind off my own cares.”
3. God is going to answer prayers in His own way & His own time
I have witnessed many, many answers to prayer. I am so thankful for that! Our group has seen God provide friendships, peace, guidance, and redemption over the years.
But there are other prayers that haven’t been answered yet, such as struggles with school, students who don’t know the Lord, and uncertainty in plans for their future. We have hope that He will answer them and we trust Him to do so according to His perfect plan.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 ESV
Not only have I been blessed with answered prayers and growing in my faith and trust in God, but I have also found some of my dearest friends in Moms in Prayer. I am so thankful that out of all that searching and wandering, God brought me into that Moms in Prayer group.
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Juliana Gordon studied creative writing at California State University at Northridge. She is a pastor’s wife and a freelance writer in Southern California. She has been married for over 25 years and she and her husband have two children. You can find her at www.julianagordon.com or on Instagram at @julianagordonwriter.