The Incredible Power of Becoming A Woman Of Prayer… Especially If You’re A Busy Christian Mom // Episode 112

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What are we talking about today?

Why is it that when we’re really busy, we’re less likely to pray? These times when we most need God’s help, when we are seeking wisdom and desperate for peace, we fill our schedules and often cut short our prayer time in the process. 

Eek. Well, one of my goals for this new year is to develop a lifestyle of more consistent and robust prayer. But why? Why does prayer really matter as a busy Christian mom? 

That’s where we’re going today, my friend. We’re taking a look at the power of prayer and its impact on our everyday busy lives.

Let’s dive in.

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The incredible power of becoming a woman of prayer… especially if you’re a busy mom

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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! I’ve had seasons of life where my prayer life was more consistent and deep. I saw the impact on my spiritual growth.

And yes, I’m busier today than most (every?) earlier seasons of life. But I still want spiritual growth, and I still need prayer. Maybe more than ever. But… why?

Reason #1: God Tells Us To Pray

The first and most straightforward reason why every busy mom should focus on prayer is the simply fact that God tells us to pray.

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

Or take a look at 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

When we are busy, it is easy to cut our prayer time short. It is easy to overlook the things for which we are thankful and the ways that God is moving.

Yet God tells us: devote yourself to prayer – continually!

Reason #2: Prayer Makes A Difference

There are a few key points here, but beyond the biblical command to pray, we have to be realistic about the impact prayer makes!

When you are busy, if you really want to achieve the things on your to-do list and have the impact on your family that you desire, you NEED prayer.

FIRST: Prayer makes a difference because God is the One who is actually in control. Look at  Proverbs 19:21 “Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

SECOND: We also know prayer matters because of the priority that Jesus and the apostles all placed on prayer. They “never stopped praying” for the people they were discipling and teaching, because they knew the power of God in their lives! See Ephesians 1 for a great example.

THIRD: One of the big reasons prayer matters is because it changes us… not God. I become more humble. I get wisdom. I am more thankful. 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!

FOURTH: Prayer is a key way that we “remain in Christ” and see fruit in our lives! John 15 is very clear about this. We cannot bear fruit if we do not remain in Jesus. And how can we remain in Jesus if we don’t talk and listen to him in prayer?

FIFTH: I’ll draw this point to a close with one final reminder: Your prayers impact what God does. There can be a lot of theological discussion about this, but Exodus 32, Number 14, and Daniel 10 are all very clear. When someone prays (Moses, Daniel) God relents, forgives, and sends help. Even in the New Testament, Jesus’ healings were often linked directly to people asking for help: talking to him (God in the flesh) to ask for something, and He responded. 

At the end of the day: Prayer Matters.

Want more encouragement on this topic?

Check out these other episodes for more biblical encouragement and practical tips on this topic:

  • Episode 72 // A busy mom’s guide to understanding the Bible, applying it to real life, and shaping your family’s spiritual growth

  • Episode 72.5 // (F3) Using the P-R-A-Y method to build your confidence in praying and teaching your kids to pray

  • Episode 87 // How do you find spiritual growth… and how do you teach your kids to find it too? Wisdom from Psalm 19. (Summertime in the Psalms Series) *And the Friday Faith Followup episodes from that whole series were great examples of how to pray through the psalms!

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Friday Faith Follow-up

How often have you heard people say “I’ll pray for you”? Yes, there are prayer warriors who genuinely go home and put your situation on their prayer list and they take it before the Lord regularly. But is that the norm? 

Is that how we really pray for each other? Or is your experience more like mine… that “I’ll pray for you” is just a cliche way to end a conversation, at best followed up with a quick prayer later on when you actually remember what was said. 

Today, let’s challenge each other to be more genuine in how we pray for others. Let’s encourage each other to deepen this area of our lives, for our good and the good of others.

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