Brooke McGlothlin is a co-founder of Million Praying Moms. Million Praying Moms is a community equipping parents to make prayer their first and best response to the challenges of parenting. Brooke has authored several books and resources and is known as a prayer mentor.
I was thrilled to be included on her launch team for Praying Mom because it was not about your typical book launch strategies, but rather prayer. Each day we were invited to specifically pray with a prompt through social media. After reading her other books and being involved in this prayer community I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her book.
This book is gold.
Praying Mom is filled with multiple testimonies of parents on their knees, some on their faces, before the Lord who hears His own. The community of prayer warriors willing to share their challenges, their hopes, their disappointments, their holy habits, their tips, their vocabulary speaks to parents today. I say today because it wasn’t long ago we in the trenches needed to give testimony to God being real. Today, we need to give testimony to God being good. We know He is good in our heads, but sometimes we need to speak it regularly, repeatedly in prayer for our hearts to hear it, for our lives to live it. You can download a free chapter of Praying Mom at www.millionprayingmoms.com.
Praying Mom is separated into two parts. Part one addresses seven challenges for the praying mom including “I have small children. I can’t even think, much less pray!” with a gentle breath prayer prompt in the Table of Contents, “Lord, teach me to pray in the moments of my day.” Part two offers scripture-inspired prayers for today’s Christian Mom which include specific scriptures followed by prayers to pray those scriptures right back to the Lord. Short succinct prayers for…
when you need hope
when your child needs help
when you need more joy
when you’re angry
when you’re worn-out and weary
when you’re afraid
when you need God to move
when you need strength to make it
when you’re sad
when you need peace.
There are two appendices: The Wake-Up Prayer and The Way To Salvation. If it’s been a bit since you’ve shared with someone the way to salvation in Jesus, and you need a refresher, those three pages are worth the price of the book alone.
The prayers are all about praying scripture: declare the trust over your heart and mind, then ruthlessly apply it. “This means you might have to choose to believe God’s truth over what you can see, hear, taste, or touch over and over again until you believe it.” (pg 75)
At the end of each short chapter is a call to action she calls Pray It Forward offering several things to remember and several cautions to overcome: Remind yourself that feelings aren’t facts. (pg 39) Then the gold: Scripture Prayers. The scripture is first, followed by the prayer vocabulary to pray it back to the Lord.
“There is an intimate link between God’s Word and prayer. We need both in order to be adequately prepared to face the world.”Brooke McGlothlin, Praying Mom, pg 45
I have always had a limited vocabulary. Regularly meeting with prayer partners have helped me grow in the holy habit of prayer. There are two other well-worn, go-to books which have coached me into a deeper and more faithful prayer habit for my family and the families I serve: Stormie Omartian’s Power of a Praying Parent and A Diary of Private Prayer: John Baillie, updated and revised by Susanna Wright. I heard about the John Baillie classic from Priscilla Schirer about four years ago and is never far from my Bible.
My copy of Praying Mom is already written all over, pages folded, and been handled/wrestled. Praying Mom is a resource for today’s Christian parents written by a prayer warrior. Don’t we all need more prayer warriors to model and tell the stories of God’s goodness?
“So my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” Isaiah 55:11