Mom life is busy, but these tips and encouragements will help you deepen your prayer life and enjoy more intimacy with God.
Do you want to become a woman of prayer?
Why is it that when we’re really busy, we’re less likely to pray?
When we most need God’s help, we tend to turn everywhere except to God himself. We seek advice, we try a ton of solutions, and we forget that prayer can really help.
One of my goals this year is to become a woman of prayer. To spend more time in the Bible and with God.
So today, join me as we take a look at the power of prayer and its impact in our busy lives.
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The goal: Become a woman of (consistent!) prayer
One of my big goals for this year is to develop a lifestyle of consistent and robust prayer.
It’s not my only goal, but it’s the one I’m focusing on first.
Why? Because prayer makes such an impact!
For most of us, there are seasons of life where prayer is deep and meaningful. And then… seasons where it’s not.
And becoming a mom? Well, at least for me, as life got busier and more people needed me (night and day!) prayer got less and less consistent.
More prayer = More spiritual growth
Okay, it’s not exactly a math problem. But there is a very clear connection between prayer and spiritual growth.
Throughout the history of the church, there have been a few basic building blocks for spiritual growth. In my experience, the top 5 are:
- Reading the Bible
- Attending church
- Singing worship to God
- Helping others
As a mom, you want to help your kids know Jesus. But that has to start with yourself building a relationship with him!
And prayer is one of the deepest ways that happens.
Does God care if you become a woman of prayer?
It will impact your family if you start praying more regularly and deeply. But the first Person who will notice – and who will be most impacted – is the Lord Himself.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
God is very clear that He wants us to pray! And not only to give an occasional shout out of prayer, but to devote ourselves to it.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
If you ever find yourself wondering what God’s will is for you, these quick verses tell you the answer. Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks. When? How often? Continually!
Becoming a woman of prayer will make a difference in your family life
Every part of your life is impacted by prayer.
Why? Well, not because of your fancy words or because you got the prayer “just right.” Your prayers matter because of Who you’re talking to!
Prayer is your connection line with God.
Jesus died so that we could be forgiven of our sins. And in that forgiveness, we are reconciled to God! Our relationship with him has been restored.
God loves to talk to you, and He wants to give you the wisdom, peace, and joy that you’re searching for. Your family relationships matter to him.
Prayer can feel really complicated and time-consuming. But at the end of the day, it’s simply a conversation with God. Listen to him. Talk to him. Share your thoughts, struggles, desires, and needs with him.
And things will change!
Let’s look at 5 ways that your life will change as you become a woman of prayer.
1. Prayer connects you with God, who controls everything that happens.
You can say all the right words and try all the best things, but you will never fully control what’s happening in your family life.
But prayer connects you with the One who does!
Consider Proverbs 19:21. “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
If you have things in your life that you want to change that are important to you, talk about it with the One who can actually change things – God.
2. Prayer makes you more like Jesus.
Jesus (and all of his apostles) put a HUGE emphasis on prayer.
Many times during his ministry, Jesus would sneak away to be alone and pray. He never questioned his purpose or mission. Of course, He is fully God and fully human. We are only human… but we can be more like Jesus if we do the things He did.
Why did Jesus pray? To stay connected to God the Father and grounded in God’s plan for his life.
Sounds pretty good for a busy Christian mom! Don’t we also want to stay connected to God? To feel confident and grounded in his plans for us?
3. Prayer will change you.
One of the biggest reasons you want to become a woman of prayer is because it will change you.
What do you get when you pray more?
When Jeremiah tells us in 17:9-10 “the heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure” we realize that we have to seek out the Cure – Jesus! Come to him in prayer and let him change your heart.
4. Prayer is the key to bearing good fruit in your life and in your family relationships
Reading the Bibles one of the best ways to get to know God. After all, the Bible is his Word! It’s where we learn about his character, history, and the gospel.
But talking to God is one of the best ways to build intimacy with God in our daily lives.
The Gospel of John is very clear about this. All of chapter 15 focuses on this truth, but let’s consider verse 5: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
It could not be more clear! If you want wisdom, love, peace, and joy in your life – all fruits that God promises – you need to stay close to Jesus. And you can do that through prayer.
5. Your prayers impact what God does in your life.
I’ll be honest: there can be a lot of theological discussion about this. (And that’s not what this blog is all about!)
But the Bible is clear that when God’s people prays, God does something new.
- In Exodus 32, God wants to destroy the people of Israel, but He changes his mind when Moses prays for them.
- In Numbers 14, God again wants to destroy his people because of their rebellion, but Moses prays and in verse 20 we see the Lord’s response: “I have forgiven them, as you asked.”
- In Daniel 10, God sends an angel to encourage and help Daniel, because Daniel prayed seeking God’s help.
Of course, God the Father does not always change his plans because of our prayers. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asked God to change his plan – and God did not. Jesus still died on the cross.
God always answers prayer. It may not look like you hope or expect, but He is always listening, He always cares, and He always responds.
How to become a woman of prayer when life is too busy
For many of us, the main struggle in prayer is our busyness.
But guess what? That’s a spiritual issue.
God gives every single person the same amount of time each day. Whether you have 1 kid, 6 kids, or no kids, you get the same amount of time. And God will equip and lead you for the season of life He has put you in.
Which means, if you have kids, that’s not a mistake – and it does not mean that you need less prayer in your life! (If anything, in parenting you need more prayer!)
So try these steps to help you become a woman of prayer even during the busiest seasons of Christian family life:
- Wake up before the kids… and pray.
- Sit around the table with your family… and pray.
- When you’re overwhelmed, tired, angry, or anxious, use that as a reminder to pray.
- Pray with your kids and without them.
- Write prayers on notecards to hang around the house or make them the backdrop on your phone.
- Pray silently, or out loud, or in writing, or any way that actually means it happens!
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