Our Soul Stories spots are changing us! These women and their stories have just been so impactful. Tune in today and Bailey speaks on prayer through suffering. She tells of how her prayer group has upheld her. It’s truly beautiful.
- Please describe the value you placed on prayer before beginning your prayer group so we can get a feel of your journey.
Prayer has been a big part of my walk with the Lord. Much of my prayer life is just between the Lord and I, but I have been in prayer groups before and have seen him do mighty and transformational things through women praying together! The past couple of years have been a whirlwind of change in my life, so I was eager to be in deep community with women again knowing the Lord moves in mighty ways when two or more gather in His name.
- What has been one of the deepest joys that has come from praying with other women?
One of my favorite things about praying with other women is being able to lift up their prayers to the Lord, and hearing them lift my prayers to the Lord. There is so much relief when you hear your burdens lifted up to God through someone else’s words. So much truth and light is shed on your request before God. You get out of your own way of thinking and you are able to see and hear truth in a new way presented before the Lord.
- Can you share one prayer God answered either in the way you prayed or a new way?
My mom was diagnosed with a very rare disease a little less than two years ago. My prayer partner has walked through and prayed with me through many different stages of pain, heartbreak and tears. By praying through specific requests and the unknown future, the Lord has transformed my relationship with him. He has re-taught me his gospel and has shown me again and again that he is good and faithful even in the most heartbreaking and unexpected situations. Praying (and continuing to pray) with my prayer partner through this has been such a sweet gift. The Lord didn’t want us to carry these burdens alone. It’s not how he created us to be! That is why he gave us each other.
- In what ways do you feel connected to the women you are praying with?
Life gets so busy and it is so rare to have designated time set aside to share and listen to each other’s hearts. There is a deeper connection with the women I get to pray with because we know each other’s prayers before the Lord and we plead for each other before the Lord. We can easily keep in touch, check in, and encourage one another throughout the week because we already know the deepest parts of each other’s hearts and what is going on in each other’s lives. It is such a special connection to share and do life with the people in prayer group.
- What would you say to a woman thinking about beginning a prayer group?
It can seem daunting to ask someone or to find the time to get together and pray, but you will never ever regret it! God can and will do mighty things in your own personal prayer life but sharing that journey and engaging in other’s journey is such an incredible joy and blessing! It will no doubt increase your faith and worship of the Lord!
Be spurred on by your own prayer group this year! Learn more about beginning your own Imperfectly Brave prayer group here.