A Community of Prayer

Illustration of three mothers praying together while their kids walk toward the school bus
Ali Douglass

I hugged my sons and scooted them out the door. Seeing them head off for another day of junior high school stirred my motherly concern, so I prayed, "Lord, protect my boys. Help them see the difference between right and wrong and make godly decisions." At that moment I realized my children and the children at their school needed the covering of corporate prayer. I asked the Lord for one other mom who would pray with me, and by the next week there were five women in my home praying together for our children and their school.

Prayer partners

As mothers we prayed with the fervor of the prophet Jeremiah, who wrote: "pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children" (Lamentations 2:19). When I started praying with other moms, I had no doubt that praying together was both important and powerful, but then I found that it could also make a mother's burdens lighter.

When my son Ty started down a road of rebellion, my prayer partners cried out with me in faith for him. Jesus taught that we "should always pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1). When we talk to Him, God does answer — in His timing and according to His perfect will. God's part is to change hearts; our privilege and responsibility is to pray. For years we prayed for Ty, and then one glorious day, he gave his life to Christ.

The best investment

Our prayers live before God, and we're changed when we participate in His call to prayer. As mothers gather together, we not only make a difference in the lives of our children, but we also reap immeasurable benefits:

  • Our faith becomes stronger.
  • Our confidence in answered prayer increases.
  • Our hope is revived.
  • Friendships develop.
  • We realize we are not alone with our burdens.
  • We experience the presence of Jesus.

It's a continuing joy to pray on behalf of my now grown children. After all, the best investment and the greatest legacy I can leave my family is the gift of my prayers. 

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of Thriving Family magazine. If you enjoyed this article, read more like it in Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. Get it delivered to your home by subscribing for a gift of any amount.

Copyright © 2010 by Fern Nichols. Used by permission.

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