Building Strong Groups
A Prayer Movement
• One mom telling another mom, sharing the vision one to one, over and over.
• When groups are strong, the vision of every school covered in prayer will be cast.
• One mom inviting another mom is the best outreach.
• When God is working in lives and answering prayers, moms love to share.
How to Have Strong Groups
1. The leader follows the Four Steps of Prayer and one accord praying throughout the hour. She is prepared. A well-trained leader is confident and excited about the privilege of discipling her women in focused, agreement prayer. Group members will then invite others to join in and will also share the vision with family and friends who have children at other schools, challenging them to join or start Moms in Prayer groups. Multiplication will happen.
2. The leader is enthusiastic. She does not see this hour as a burden, but life-changing for herself and her women. She knows that God works through prayer and that there is great power released in corporate prayer. In Matthew 18:19, Jesus gives us a prayer principle that indicates two or more are definitely stronger. This is the best decision for how you spend an hour of your life.
3. The leader is committed. She will lead when she feels like it and when she doesn’t. She knows God will bless her obedience. She is committed to be ready with her prayer sheet and to pray with the women in her group.
4. The leader leads out of a cleansed heart. She is not perfect, but forgiven.
5. The leader has a regular quiet time. She is intentional about setting aside time to spend with Jesus, keeping Him as her first love. She cannot take her women any deeper into believing prayer than how far she has gone. As the leader goes, so goes the group! She is actually leading out of her personal walk with the Lord and allows Him to lead through her.
6. The leader is establishing a sense of community. Women want to belong. They want a place where they feel safe, loved, and accepted with no condemnation.
7. The leader leads with integrity.
• She registers her group.
• She always starts and ends on time.
• She leads by praying the thanksgivings and requests, rather than sharing them first.
• She is open to organizing time outside of the hour of prayer for fellowship and celebration.
• She is committed to be there every week.
• She always stresses confidentiality.
8. The leader finds a new leader when she moves on. She knows that continuing the prayer covering for her school, when she moves to the next level, is vital. She asks other group members to lead from time to time so others grow comfortable in the role. She is proactive in praying for God’s timing and choice for a new leader.
9. The leader keeps the worldwide vision of Moms in Prayer before her women. She is keenly aware that her group is part of something bigger—thousands of moms praying in groups throughout the world. She regularly visits the Moms in Prayer website, reads emails from headquarters and her area leadership, and encourages her members to register and do the same. As they receive updates, women will see the eternal impact for Christ on children and schools, both locally and globally, through their prayers! They will persevere in united prayer.
10. The leader attends area leadership gatherings. She knows she will be encouraged, equipped, and empowered, and receive important updates and information.
What are the Results of a Strong Group?
1. Women experience answers to prayer.
2. Women grow in their faith and their relationship with Christ.
3. Women sense Jesus right in the midst of their group as they agree with one another and with Him, according to His will and His Word.
4. Women are committed. Who would want to miss this powerful, effective prayer hour? They see the value in spending time praying rather than talking.
5. Women in your group reach out and invite others.
1. Live in an attitude of expectancy of great harvest — Salvation and revival at your school; every school covered in prayer.
2. Pray for abundance —Pray for more members to be added to your group, more schools in your community to be covered with Moms in Prayer groups, more leadership (area and state coordinators), and more opportunities to speak about Moms in Prayer at MOPS, churches, Bible studies, to neighbors, etc.
3. Don’t give up —Pray that you will be bound (compelled, driven) by the Holy Spirit (from Acts 20:22) out of a deep sense of love toward the Master who called you to serve in this ministry. There’s a harvest of souls to be reaped.
4. Don’t Doubt! Believe God is Working —“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
5. Our prayer for you is this —“God, we ask that You crown the year with a bountiful harvest for this leader and her group; may even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.” From Psalm 65:11 (NLT)
Your field might not look like much to the untrained eye … but hidden under the snows of winter, there’s potential. Great things can happen. Barren ground can become a fertile field. Today’s frozen ground holds tomorrow’s harvest! Putting energy into frozen, empty soil is not a waste of time. Just because there’s no evidence of life right now, doesn’t mean there never will be. There’s potential in the unseen! But before the harvest, there is work to be done. There are seeds to be planted, fertilizer to be applied, weeds to be wiped out, and prayer to be prayed. It takes time and hard work. Come harvest time, it’s all worth it! —Adapted from an article by Brian Wechsler