Who We Are:
In October, Northstar started a Moms In Prayer (MIP) group through Moms in Prayer International. Each time we meet, we devote one hour to praying for our children, their teachers and schools and each other. During our time we follow the Four Steps of Prayer as outline by Moms in Prayer International. These include:
- Silent Confession
Our prayer time also includes the reading of scripture and the praying of scripture over our children and their teachers. That inserting of our child’s name into God’s word is so powerful. Fern Nichols, the founder of Moms in Prayer, says this: “as we pray, placing our child’s name in the verse the power of God’s Word drives our anxiety and fear and produces faith in us” (Nichols, 15).
Something that Moms in Prayer International encourages is praying any request. Traditionally, many of us are used to talking or sharing our request with someone before we pray about it together. But, by encouraging us to just pray it, it disciplines us to take our request to our Heavenly Father first.
Most importantly, during our time we stay open to the movement of the Holy Spirit. We pray in one accord; that is, we pray in agreement together as directed and energized by the Holy Spirit (Nichols, 11).
Why We Are:
There are many great examples of prayer found in the bible. One that stood out to me recently comes from our study of Acts. And I think it highlights perfectly what we do in MIP.
In Acts 4:23, Peter and John have just been released after being detained and questioned concerning the healing of the lame man at the temple gate. Scripture tells us that after Peter and John reported what had happened to the believers, they raised their voices together in prayer to God (Acts 4:24a NIV).
Their prayer began with praises to God. “Sovereign Lord,” they said, “you made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and everything in them” (Acts 4:24b NIV).
The believers prayed scripture as they recited the words of David from Psalm 2, in verses 25-26.
They prayed their request. The believers prayed for boldness, “Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness” (Acts 4:29 NIV).
Finally, it is evident that the believers’ prayer was directed by the Holy Spirit. “After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly” (Acts 4:31 NIV).
Like those early believers, we gather and raise our voices together in praise and prayer on behalf of our children, teachers, and schools. Now, while the room hasn’t shaken after our time, there has definitely been movement! We have seen God moving. Prayers are being answered week after week. And His Spirit has moved in close, filling us with peace, joy and love.
What Moms are Saying about MIP:
“It has been a huge joy to already see fruit coming out of time committed in prayer not only for my child but for other people’s children we have prayed for. God is faithful in hearing us!” -Julie Jewel
“MIP has been a peaceful, quiet haven for me to be able to focus my prayers for my children. It has reminded me of God’s sovereignty and His purposes for me and my family, shifting my focus away from the noisiness of the world. I come because it’s biblical, I come because I felt called to, I come to serve my family, and the more I come the more I anticipate each meeting. It has become a blessing to have this peaceful, purposeful time of prayer set aside for me.” –Amy VanCovern
How You Can Get Involved:
Be a lady with a heart for praying for a specific child. I know our name has moms in it, but you do not have to be a mom to join us! We pray for all ages of children, preschool up to college, including homeschoolers.
- Come to our next meeting! Our last meeting for the 2017 school year will be Thursday, May 11 where we will celebrate with bagels and coffee! Everyone is welcome!
Can’t Join Us?
- Check out the Moms In Prayer International website. There, you can sign up to receive daily emails which include prayers for your child, their teacher and yourself
- Or email us and ask us to be praying for your child. You can send your request to:
MIP meetings are confidential and your request will not be shared outside of the group.