The Purpose of Prayer

“Are you frightened? Gather together and pray! God turned the world upside down through a few frightened followers.” What a powerful reminder! Today’s guest is the one and only Fern Nichols, founder of Moms in Prayer International. This message is timeless treasure from our Moms in Prayer archives that continues to inspire a new generation of praying moms. Listen in as Fern shares powerful encouragement on the purpose of prayer.

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If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Then call on me when you are in trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory. Psalm 50:15 NLT

I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one. Ezekiel 22:30 NIV

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13 NIV

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. John 16:24 NIV

But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed very earnestly for him. Acts 12:5 NLT


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About our Guest

Fern Nichols is a former elementary school teacher and the founder of Moms in Prayer International, a prayer movement that mobilizes women around the world to gather together to pray for their children and schools. In 1984, Fern was fearful about sending her two eldest children off to junior high. She knew the school would be a battlefield for their hearts and minds. To fight in this battle, she needed to invite other moms to pray. She called a mom and asked her to pray with her for their children and school. Her response was an immediate “yes,” and that was the humble beginning of Moms in Prayer that now spans the USA in every state and more than 150 countries. Fern has traveled to almost every continent in the world speaking, teaching, and training women how to pray effectively. She and her husband Rle have been married 54 years. They were involved with Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU) for 15 years. They have four children and ten grandchildren.


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