The Power of Praying Together

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:20-21

May I suggest that while a friend who won’t let you down is wonderful, a friend who is willing to pray with you and lift you up is even better? Someone who knows and understands what is going on in your life (the good, bad, and the ugly) and isn’t satisfied with the way things are but believes in you for God’s best. A committed prayer partner who prays to believe, faith-filled prayers of the Word that lead to the higher, more stable ground until you experience victory (though it may seem light-years away).

You see, there is such strength and power when we pray together. It meets a deep need in each of us. We need to be in unity with the Spirit of God, Jesus, and each other as we pray for what God wants. I believe this is what Jesus was praying for in John 17:20-26 when He prayed that we would be one. Praying is how we behold His glory. Praying is how miracles happen. He wants this unity more than we think we need it! But we need it more than we may realize.

For those of you who don’t know me, I am an ordinary 50-something Mom married to an extraordinarily patient, loving guy (I really mean that). Our seven kiddos (3 are now married to beautiful, God-ordained spouses, so that makes 9) are completely normal. Ha!

My children are more accurately described as rambunctious, crazy, adorable, stiff-necked, rebellious, beautiful, stubborn, sweet, and heart-warming. Am I redefining normal?

You should know that this Mom needs friends–and a whole lot of prayer!

A few years ago, a good friend I’ve known for quite some time approached me with an idea. What if we committed to praying with and for each other, our families, our husbands, and those around us once a week? Both of us were smack dab right in the middle of raising our larger-than-average families, groping for life, and desperately wanting to come out on the other end at least halfway sane. Above all, we wanted to see our kids come to pursue Truth and love God with all of their hearts.

I didn’t just want; I NEEDED this. And so our partnership in prayer began with a few other equally desperate Moms. We wept as we confessed and shared failures, we willingly became transparent, we witnessed miracles, and we grew in unity until we became inseparable. But most of all, we prayed. Boy, did we pray! We were one big praying mess. Holy Mommas, crying out for Jesus in our lives (I’m pretty sure our kids thought we were Holy Weirdos)!

I still need this. It’s been almost seven years under the bridge; we’re still a team, praying strong.

God has added the Help Club for Moms to my life, providing an even larger circle of praying partners committed to doing life together. We do 10-minute prayer calls once a week, and goodness, the difference that little phone calls can make!

Moms, I’ve witnessed miracles come out of this! Yes, it does take commitment, but I don’t know where I would be today without the prayers of my friends. I can’t afford NOT to commit!

Finding a prayer partner is easy. Do you need one? Ask God to bring her to you! The only requirement is another transparent, desperate, and willing person who needs prayer too. So that includes any honest Christian woman!

If you haven’t already, you should go ahead and find someone. Be willing to step out! Be friendly (Proverbs 18:24) and ask if they would like to do real life with you. I know how scary it is to be vulnerable in prayer, but the return is so worth it! Your life will never be the same.

This is what happens: We become ONE with Jesus, our Father, and the Holy Spirit when we pray together. And that changes everything!

“I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” John 17:21 NLT


Questions to Ponder

  • Would you commit to praying that God would send you a friend to partner with in prayer?
  • Journal a prayer to the Lord, laying that need before Him. He will provide!

Faith-Filled Idea

  • Pray for your children and their relationships. Talk to them about what a blessing it is when friends encourage each other to grow closer to God.
  • Pray that the Lord would provide faithful friends for your children.



Mari Jo Mast
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16 Comments on “The Power of Praying Together”

  1. I am a mom of a 15 year old and I’m sorry to say that I’ve ket some years go by if us being out of church. And now I have a daughter who was saved at 8 years old who now says she’s not sure of she’s saved…I need all tye prayers I can get. My journey with Jesus has been a rocky road to say tye least but I’m growing day by day and I’m so glad I found this club on my Bible app. Just ordered the books and am excited to be a part of a larger network of Christian moms praying and devoting tine with our Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you to the makers of the site. God bless you all on here my sisters in Christ!

    1. Hello dear Sally, I am so sorry for what you are going through; it is scary when our kids say scary things about their faith. Don’t take on any condemnation. It is not from the Lord.

      God is with you!! Keep praying. Your children are on a journey! It takes time to build strong faith- it takes a lifetime. Keep believing in God’s plans for your kids. They are so good!

      We are praying for you!

  2. I’m so happy to have found this group. It’s been a challenge raising my children with the much needed patience. Most times I become easily irritated and cranky that I shout at them against my wish. I am a mum with three biological and one foster daughter.

  3. I seriously need the resources wise woman, the workbooks, devotionals and I sure need a praying friend. I live in Abuja, Nigeria.
    Please for the love of God would You All help me? Married and blessed with 2 boys and I feel life is crashing me….. please help… I need Jesus…

  4. You’re so welcome Shirley, and thanks for praying with me too! You’re words always encourage and give me hope. You’re a blessing!

  5. This is so true! Thanks for praying with me Marijo. I thank God for you on every remembrance of you, and lift you up to Him for even more wisdom, discernment and blessings! Love you!

  6. thank you for this devotional this morning . this is a cry of my heart .its hard for me to just be totally transparent but I want and need this .so I am committing to begin to pray for this to become a reality in my life . you have been such an encouragement to me .thank you for being real .

    1. Hi Sharon! I believe that cry in your heart is a cry many other moms carry in their heart as well. I will pray for just the right person to come alongside of you…one you can share your deepest struggles and requests before God with. He knows what you need before you ask, and will provide! Blessings of love sent your way!

  7. I am so thankful for my prayer partners, and for the depth that praying together has added to our relationships!

  8. I am so thankful for my praying friends! Thank you for sharing your heart in this Bible study MariJo!! What a blessing it is to have a friend to pray with!❤️

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