Thursday, January 5, 2012

The Prayer Warrior Life: Mother to Mother

Proverbs 11:14 Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.

I think it's no accident that I gather more mother-to-mother prayer requests than any other type. Motherhood is a blessing and a battle and guess who wants us to fail? We must uphold each other. Who understands our burdens better?

I have so many mothers I'm praying for that I have to organize them as one group during prayer time, lest I forget someone. I consider this a good thing! God himself guides our prayer time. Prayer changes us, more than prayer changes circumstances. He knows that praying for other mothers makes us better mothers.

Can God work in a mother's life without our prayers? Yes. God doesn't need our prayers but he loves the fellowship with us. And our mother friends feel our prayers! They may not know they were just prayed for, but they do receive a filling from the Holy Spirit.

I have a bold belief to share here: The more mothers you commit to praying for, the more prayer support you'll receive in your own life. I believe this. Think of it...more Spirit fillings! Don't we all crave those? Desperately need them, even?

As you organize your mother-to-mother prayers think of your own failings and assume that other mothers struggle similarly. This will give you a basic outline as you pray, and as mothers contact you with specific requests, add those to your notes.

Pray that she'll be able to:

- nurture and disciple her children sufficiently

- read her Bible and pray

- provide gentle but firm discipline

- make time for nutritious meals

- balance loving her husband with loving her children

- take care of her own health

- avoid idleness and use her time wisely

- avoid self-pity regarding repetitive chores and child training

- that she'll count her blessings and give thanks for each day, seeing it as a gift

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To read more of my prayer journey, check out Into a Life of Prayer: A Journey Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4Part 5Part 6Part 7

To read even more, check out The Prayer Warrior Life part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5part 6Part 78910111213, 14

A sweet friend, Amy, wrote guests posts for us, telling of her prayer journey: Vol. 1, and Vol. 2, and Vol. 3Vol. 4Vol. 5

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