God Hears our Cries

by Elise Daly Parker

I started
praying in a Moms in Prayer (then
Moms In Touch) group over 20 years ago. I can’t quite believe that. And I
surely can’t believe that my youngest daughter is now 18 and leaving our home for
college soon. (Shocking…I couldn’t be that old!)
I didn’t
know it, but Moms in Prayer was
something I was desperately looking for. Moms in
Prayer truly carried me through these 20 years. It drew me
closer to my Lord, and brought me the gift of extraordinary friends; friends
who prayed and stuck by each other through the hard times and together
celebrated the good times…In fact, many of the women who I met through Moms in Prayer are today my very closest friends.
Looking for a prayer partner

My journey started
when I moved back to my hometown with a three month old, two year old, and a
13-year-old stepdaughter. I had experienced some losses, some tough times that
had drawn me into a deeper more personal relationship with Jesus than I had
ever had before. I wanted to keep the momentum going. And I was looking for a
friend who would like to learn more about the bible, a friend who would pray
with me. I had heard a lot about prayer partners, but I had never had one.
A couple of
years passed and I hadn’t yet found my partner. I kept praying on my own,
praying for a prayer partner, and was plenty busy raising my little family. We
had even added one more little darling to the pack.
Then it was time for my firstborn to board
her first yellow school bus that sent her clear across town.
She had been
to a lovely little nursery school. Now she was four and heading into the big
leagues, the public schools. I wasn’t quite ready…In fact, I was terrified. I
choked back tears as I watched that big bus rumble away with my daughter’s
little face pressed to the glass, her hand waving vigorously goodbye.
I was
thankful for Cindy. She had greeted me immediately when I arrived at the bus,
coffee cup in hand, and confidence in her voice.
It was going to be okay…
A couple of
conversations over that school year had me wondering, “Could Cindy be the
praying mom I was looking for?” She hadn’t said she was a Christian, but some
of the things she did say sent a little happy alarm to my spirit.
That summer,
there was Cindy at a local Vacation Bible Study. She had a bible in her hand
and was heading to the mother’s group just like me.
Then, that
fall, when we reunited at the bus stop, we enthusiastically shared with one
another about the Focus on the Family
radio show we had both heard featuring Moms in Prayer
Founder Fern Nichols. Fern was sharing her growing ministry of mothers praying
for their children and schools.

We were moms. We had kids in the same
schools.
Cindy, way
ahead of me in the bible studying department, was willing to start the group
and I was thrilled at the prospect of joining her.
That was the
beginning of so much. What started as a cry in my heart for a prayer partner
led to Moms in Prayer, which led me
to knowing God through His Word, learning about the necessity of confession and
the joy of forgiveness, remembering to recount all the things God was doing
with Thanksgiving, and indeed crying out, many times quite literally, on behalf
of my children and their schools.
The most
active years of raising a family are about to end. I’m sure I’ll shed more than
a few tears as I attend my baby’s high school graduation, when I drop her off
at college, and when I return home to a quiet and empty house.
Thinking about what lies ahead, I am more
thankful then ever for the way God led me to Moms in Prayer.
Though my
children will no longer be under my roof, as Fern has said, “They can never
escape our prayers.”

I will
continue to pray for my kids in my College and Career group…and one day, I will
be joining the fellowship of praying moms in a Grandmas in Prayer group, which
I hear is beyond awesome! I’ll let you know…
God hears
our cries. You’ve got His Word on that—1
Chronicles 5:20
, Psalm
34:4
, Psalm
86:7
, 1
John 5:14
What is the
cry of your heart right now?

Comments 3

  1. Oh, how beautiful is Elise's testimony of being a praying mom for 20 years! I will have 1/4 of that time praying for my daughters – a few years in elementary school and a few in high school; I lost those years in between with relocating and returning to work.

    In the next two to three years, I will have both of my daughters go off to college, and I already have a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes. I have a difficult time with them not being close to me and concern for their safety and well-being. In a short while, I will look forward to continuing in the C & C group, and definitely in the grandmothers' prayer group!

    Blessings and joy,
    Karen

  2. "They can never escape our prayers." So true. I've been considering going to the Tuesday night prayer meetings at my church. Your post may have helped nudge me some to give it a try. Praying is still new to me but it has become something I can't imagine not being a part of my day now. And praying for my boys…they can never escape my prayers.
    Beautiful Elise! Enjoy your summer with your daughter.
    Blessings,
    Beth

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