Hello! I’m so pleased to share with you a guest post by a fellow mom blogger, Arrica Hess. She will be talking about the power and grace of moms praying for other moms! Let me share a little bit about her with you!
Arrica is a follower of Jesus, church planting wife, and a homeschooling mom of 4. Her passion is disciplining women. She writes at a achildshallleadthemblog.com and prays she can help other Mommas find joy in their motherhood while serving their Savior. You can follow along on Facebook or Instagram.
Let’s get started and read about the nuggets of wisdom Arrica shares in this post!
Seven years ago, when I was pregnant with my fourth child, some of the other pastor’s wives did a little lunch and gave me some diapers and wipes. It was really nice but the most special gift I received that day was not physical.
One of the ladies had asked me about what kinds of fears or concerns I had about this baby and I shared with her that my third had colic and I had suffered with postpartum depression. She asked if she could pray over me and proceeded to pray that the Lord would not allow any past trials to come on me again and that all fears and concerns would be alleviated.
Recently, just a month ago, I had to opportunity to connect with a lady who was our neighbor in seminary housing nearly a decade ago. She and her family are missionaries in Mexico and the last of her three children is soon to graduate from high school.
Before we got off of our video call, she asked if she could pray for me and with only the wisdom and experience of a veteran mom, she prayed over our home, our homeschool days, my children, and our relationships. It was so encouraging and uplifting.
I wanted to share these stories in order to make my case in point that Moms Praying for Other Moms is impactful and important. It is one of the best ways we can offer support, care, encouragement, and true help to other mothers.
Why Moms Should Pray for Other Moms
1. We are commanded in Scripture to Pray for Others.
- “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people 1 Timothy 2:1 ESV
- “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.” James 5:16 ESV
- “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.” Ephesians 6:18 ESV.
2. You know what she is going through.
As a mom, you’ve been there. You know exactly what she is going through. You know (or will soon) the exhaustion of the newborn phase, the bitter-sweetness of watching them grow and become more independent, the terrible twos, the back talking, the messes, the long days, the emotions, and the wayward teens. No matter what phase you are at, you have some experience that can help another mom.
And, sometimes, words just fall short. But, we can pour our hearts out on their behalf to a God who can intervene in their situation and offer them the peace and comfort they need.
I mentioned that I suffered from postpartum depression after my third child. We moved to Canada when she was 15 months old and, not by chance, my new neighbor was a young woman who was suffering from postpartum depression.
I took her over some note cards with encouraging verses from Psalms written on each one. I prayed for her each day because I knew exactly where she was and how dark that place would be.
What if we used our struggles in motherhood as an opportunity to pray for other moms? How would that please the Lord? How much would that put our past struggles into perspective? 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us that the Lord comforts us in our afflictions so that we can turn around and give the same measure of comfort to others.
3. Prayer keeps us humble.
I believe that Jesus told us to pray for our enemies because prayer keeps us humble. It keeps us focused on the Lord and for wanting good for others.
I mention this because I know in the motherhood world, it can easily become a comparison game. To keep us from judging other mom’s methods of discipline, education, or choices, I think prayer is the key.
It’s super hard to have negative thoughts or opinions about someone you talk to God about for their good. Praying for other moms, and not just those we like or are super close to, keeps our hearts right and humble.
It also keeps us teachable. We may feel like our choices in motherhood are right and the best but we all have something to learn. The Lord speaks to us through prayer if we take time to listen and perhaps we can learn something from that other mom as we pray for her.
What to Pray for Other Moms
1. Pray for your struggles.
You read that right! We’ve already established that you know what other moms are going through, or will go through, because you’ve been there. So, pray for her to gain victory over your struggles.
2. Pray for her to have rest.
Lord knows that all mommas need rest. Will they ever sleep through the night? Lol. Physical rest is so important but also pray for her to have spiritual rest in Christ.
3. Pray for her children to know Jesus.
All Christian moms want their babies to grow up and know Jesus as their Savior. If you pray nothing else for another mom, at least pray for her children to be saved. This is the greatest blessing in a mom’s life to have her little ones grow up and imitate Jesus.
4. Ask her how you can pray for her.
If you see a mom who is struggling and feel comfortable, ask her how you can pray for her. Take her specific needs and requests before the Lord.
Or, even better, pray for her right in front of her. It will bless her socks off. Do you remember the stories that I shared at the beginning, both of those women prayed for me, right in my hearing and it was like a precious ointment on my soul.
When to Pray for Other Moms
There is no time like the present. I hope you will make the choice today to think of some moms that you can begin to regularly pray over.
A few practical suggestions to get you started:
- Make a list of moms and rotate praying for a few each day.
- Think of new moms, struggling moms, moms with multiple children, moms who are facing an empty nest, and your best mom friends.
- Pray as you go. See a mom struggling at the grocery store or the park, send a quick blessing up for her.
- Send a note to a few moms you know and let them know that you want to start praying for them. Ask for specifics. See how it makes their day!
I am praying for you as I type this post Momma. I am praying for you to have peace in Christ, I am praying for you to be encouraged by this word, and I am praying for you to be a warrior mom who prays for other moms.
Thank you so much Arrica, for this beautiful post! Mamas, What is one thing you will do to work on to help with praying for other moms?
Until Next Time,
The One Blessed Mama,