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{Week 8} WIWW Link-Up Party… Finding Peace by Wrestling in Prayer…

Every other Saturday morning I kiss my sleeping husband on the cheek and whisper a soft “thank you” into his ear.  Tiptoeing through the living room, I beg God to please let my children sleep just two more minutes until I can make it out the back door without being noticed (because awake children are always on this momma’s heels, but especially if I dare try to slip out the door without them).  I quickly slide my Bible off of the kitchen counter and under my arm, and head out the door into the dark, early hours of the morning.

I don’t especially love hearing the alarm go off that early on a Saturday, but once I’m up, an immense feeling of satisfaction pours over me.  Houses all around me are still asleep, and the day is momentarily untainted by the world.  My drive is short but peaceful, and I can’t help but notice God in the soft silhouettes of trees and farmland.  Details that for some reason I don’t take time to appreciate except for on mornings like this.

Just like clockwork, I smile as five others pull into the church parking lot at almost exactly the same moment as I do.  A year and a half later, we’ve got this thing down, and our sea of minivans gives us away.  We’re moms on a mission.  The only ones on the road this early on Saturday morning.

And we’re here to pray.

We’ve taken time to email our prayer requests in the days before, because we’re aware of our own tendencies.  Specifics and explanations have already been shared, because we’re not here to talk.  We’re here to pray.  Our time is limited, and our needs are great.

Before we cry out to the Father, we humble ourselves by taking time to recognize who God is.  We focus on one specific character trait of God each meeting, and take time to read together a handful of verses to remind us just Who it is we’re approaching.  This particular morning… God is my Helper: One who assists, aids, eases or relieves (Deuteronomy 33:26; Psalm 18:6; Psalm 121:2).  Ah, just the reassurance this momma needed to hear on this particular morning, in this particularly busy season of mothering.  Of life.

After intentional times of thanksgiving and confession, we enter into a time of intercession, or going to God in prayer on behalf of others.  While we mostly focus on our children, we often weave in prayer for ourselves, our husbands and others.  Sometimes we pray back fitting scripture, inserting our children’s names (“May Chase know that You are his God, who takes hold of his right hand and says to him, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.’” ~ from Isaiah 41:13).  But most of the time we use our own simple, broken words, clearly demonstrating our passion and great need for God in all things.  Some of us have been praying for years; others of us, only recently.  But God doesn’t need fancy prayers… just willing servants who are quick to admit their need for a Savior.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned during our time together, it’s that we can go to God with any request, great or small.  We’re not afraid to ask God to help our kids master math facts… any desperate mom to a fourth-grader will instantly high-five me on this one with no further explanation needed.  Heh.  But there are moments of intense wrestling with God too, as we ask Him to protect, mold and guide our children to turn from their sin and to walk in His ways.  Oh, God, bring them to Yourself, we pray…

God is our Helper.  And He hears our prayers.

We’re lucky if we make it through the hour without tears, because there’s just something so humbling and powerful about hearing someone else pray for your child by name.  I love these women’s children, and they love mine, and there’s extreme comfort in knowing that we’re not alone in this battle.

We reluctantly finish up our prayer time, exchange quick hugs, but can’t linger.  The sun is coming up, and there are early morning soccer games to attend, Saturday morning pancake batters to mix, and oh yes, all of those children who will soon wipe the sleep from their eyes and will be looking for their mommas.  But we’ll continue to check in, share updates, and pass on new requests until we meet again.

 

I drive home with a new outlook on the day, feeling like a weight has been lifted.  The peace in my heart out-weighs that spent feeling, from all of that prayer “wrestling”.  Practically speaking, no circumstance has changed, and no prayer request has been answered in the last sixty minutes.  The difference then?

 

Our focus, our confidence, our hope has been shifted… off of our circumstances,  and instead onto our Helper.

 

 ”Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” ~ Colossians 4:2

 

At His feet,

 

 

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  1. How beautiful Whitney! I have had the honour and privilege to be part of such a group of prayer warriors so I know the feelings you describe. We truly believe that God hears our prayers for scripture tells us Matt 18:20 “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” and in John 14:13-14 “whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name I will do it.”

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful post!

  2. This is so wonderful. I need it this morning. Wish I could meet with you ladies and pray today. I am so upset after praying so hard about the election. Many Christians prayed. We asked God to heal our land. I know we do not deserve his mercy but I was so hoping he would say give it.

  3. This is one of the most beautiful posts/pieces I have ever read. I cannot thank you enough for sharing this, Whitney. Tears streamed down my face for many reasons as I read this. First, I felt joy for you that you know the Lord and you are my sister in Christ. Second, that you have a loving group of ladies to share this prayer time – to share conversations with our mighty God. Three, I felt shame for feeling envy towards you because I do not have anyone to pray with me like that. I often feel very alone because although my husband and children are Christians, they think I’m an extremist. Really, I’m not. I’m just more than a believer. I’m a follower and put Him first. My family hasn’t gotten to that place yet and I worry for them. Most of my friends aren’t believers, and those who are always claim their lives are too busy. I pray for them all. I could ramble here so I’ll stop. I just felt so compelled to thank you for sharing a beautiful glimpse into your life. It warmed my heart and gave me hope. Wishing you many blessings!

  4. Thank you for sharing your heart this morning. I so needed to hear this and it encouraged my heart. I can relate to both Sheila and Jenifer today. I woke up this morning discouraged because of the election outcome, but I need to be reminded that “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7 I also feel alone sometimes. I desire to have women that I can pray with and share my burdens with, but being a pastor’s wife I find that difficult to come by. Please pray for me that He would provide those ladies in my life to share prayers with. Thank you for sharing. Your thoughts always encourage my heart:)

  5. Beautiful!!! Gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling! It gives me hope that I might find a local group to share prayer with. Blessings

  6. It such a blessing for you to have a faithful group of prayer partners. Cherish this time in your life! Thanks for the link up.
    Blessings,
    EvieJo

  7. Thank you for sharing your heart! I needed to read this today. Been a bit discouraged lately and this blessed me. Have a wonderful day!

  8. I absolutely LOVE this idea. I am not a mother myself, but I think we could all benefit from some silent prayer with others. Don’t get me wrong, I love to visit with other faith-minded friends, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit and really focus on God. I can’t imagine the uplifting feeling you have upon ending your morning together!

  9. What an awesome privilege we have to be able to go to His throne 24/7! Prayer pleases Him & changes us. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

  10. This is simply beautiful, and encouraging. To think of women enjoying the awesome privilege of prayer, and setting aside that special time for it is SO encouraging to me.
    Thank you for sharing this and for the beautiful reminder of how important prayer is to the Christian woman.

  11. I love your commitment to this time of prayer. I love the idea of sending the requests ahead of time too.

  12. Oh Whitney, I LOVE THIS POST! You are truly blessed to have women to do this with…

  13. I read this post last year and I am now a part of such a group (since May). This post inspired us and we are thankful. Watching God work and seeing our prayers answered in ways we never expected have changed everything. Thank you for sharing.

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