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
“The best kind of friend is a praying friend.”-Unknown
- Head to your favorite resting place (sofa, lounge chair) as you prepare to lean in and hear from your Maker. He already knows everything about you. Everything. He is not put-off by your deepest failures but wants to have a relationship with you and help you.
- Ask Him today for a special friend, someone you can partner with in prayer.
- Read John 17 (Jesus’ prayer before his crucifixion). Pay special attention to verses 20-26. Write verse 21 in your prayer journal.
The Power of Praying Together!
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 with you for God’s best. A committed prayer partner who prays believing, faith-filled prayers of the Word that lead to 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. The need to be in unity with the Spirit of God, Jesus and each other as we pray 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 40 something Mom married to an extraordinarily, patient, loving guy (I really mean that). Our seven kiddos (2 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, this Mom needs friends–and a whole lot of prayer!
A few years ago, a good friend whom 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 half way sane. Above all, we wanted to see our kids come to pursue Truth and to 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 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 four years under the bridge, we’re still a team, praying strong.
Recently, 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 call 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 a few someones. 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!
- 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 had an encounter with the living God in 2000, and was freed from the bondage of legalism. She is passionate about Jesus and his love, and desires for everyone to know He is alive!