I was in desperate need of help as a mother when I heard about Moms in Prayer. My daughter was young and stubborn since even her toddler years. I didn’t know what to do. When she went into middle school, a wonderful woman, now friend, announced the Moms in Prayer middle school group on the first day at my daughter’s Christian school. I was delighted it was on a day when I could be there consistently.
The first time praying with other moms, I noticed the format was different than what I was used to. I returned the next week and realized how focused and amazing this time was with God and one another. I knew that this was my priority for the school year! And wow, did God answer. And transformed me in the process. I didn’t even know how to pray out loud and now I was confidently approaching His throne with other moms scripturally, specifically… my prayer life grew in leaps and bounds.
By the time my daughter was in 8th grade, I saw a noticeable change in her. Her attitude was respectful. She was more gracious, diligent in her efforts at school and at home and most importantly, her love for God was evident. I realized that all the discipline and the “strategies” my husband and I tried to get her to obey, to be respectful, etc., were nothing compared to what God could do through prayer, and especially through corporate prayer. The power of believers coming together in focused prayer time— there is nothing like it. I can never thank God enough for this gift He has given me and my family! It’s eternal and it’s remarkable.
I look at my now 23 year old daughter and thank the Lord for what only He can do through prayer. She loves God, is respectful, reads His Word and applies it in her life, prays out loud with me and my husband, is kind and tender hearted toward others, witnesses to everyone around her, and so much more.
Learning how to pray with others in such a powerful way, I learned who my God is, how to praise Him with all my heart, to regularly confess my sins while not condemning myself, but learning from our Good Teacher how to grow in His Word. I learned how to develop a thankful heart, giving me great peace. And how to fight, truly battle, for our children and their schools to accomplish God’s will.
My life verse is Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know.” This is exactly what God has done in my life through prayer, through calling to Him. How would I know the way to go without Him? These great and mighty things could only be revealed through God Almighty. I challenge you to call out to God and see how He will answer you and show you amazing things only He can!
Sue Iacoboni received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Colorado State University. She now lives in Southern California with her husband of 25 years and their young adult daughter. She is a member of a college Moms in Prayer group and leads the young adult prayer ministry at her church. Growing up in a cult and broken home, and being saved through the power of Jesus Christ many years later, God has placed a burden on her heart to pray for our youth. She firmly believes in the importance of prayer and the power of God’s Word to transform a young life.