AIP Day 1: The Prayer Meeting

On Day 1 I write about the first time I walked into a prayer room. I was too pre-occupied with my Mother’s recent diagnosis of cancer and the report that our time with her on earth was short. I was too troubled to be intimidated or to pre-judge the situation.

Instead, in the midst of the darkness hour came the brightest light! In the name of Jesus.

Everything and I mean everything was strange, new, and foreign to me. And what I wasn’t expected the most hit me the hardest. I had a heart encounter with the love of Jesus. What can happen inside of you when you are in the midst of prayer, faith-filled, loving people.

I’m a huge advocate on being part of a prayer meeting. And I have attended or lead a prayer meeting for 41 years now.

I heard a testimony recently about women who had been part of a prayer group for 40 years.  Over these many years, children were raised, marriages were tested and strengthened, issues with sickness and disease prayed through. There were mountain highs and valley lows. You can only imagine all these women shared as they walked together in prayer.  One woman hospitalized facing her final hours called her prayer group and said, “come sing me to heaven.”

“sing me to heaven.”

Let’s cultivate praying friendships, prayer partners and gather together with like-minded believers who will pray and believe for the God’s will on earth as it is in heaven.

As you consider ways you can impact your prayer life … consider a prayer meeting, find a prayer partner!

“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” Matthew 18:20

“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” 1 John 5:14-15

“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God.” Acts 12:5

“And when he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.” Acts 12:12

Love, Mary Jo



9 thoughts

  1. Mary Jo, thank you for this new way to share the excitement of connecting with God through prayer. I’m ready to dive into a new year with a renewed passion for prayer and your blog will be such an encouragement in my journey.

  2. I am so encouraged. I feel the Lord’s heart so strongly on this. Thank you for being obedient, MJ.
    What a great blessing you are..

  3. Mary Jo, I met you very briefly in the foyer at the Gateway Conference last fall. I attended the break out session you shared at with Rita Springer. It was a very impactful session for me as the Lord was challenging me to grow in my Prayer life.
    Yesterday, I began the 40 day AIP. I also had the same experience at my first corporate prayer meeting. I left that prayer room stirred in my spirit like never before.
    I am so excited for Day2 tomorrow!
    Sandy S.

    1. Hi Sandy, So glad you took time to say HI! I was thinking about the Conference workshop today! And so happy you are charting YOUR adventures in prayer! Stay in touch. I’ll look forward to your comments.

    1. Thank you, Bree! May the remaining 39 days bless your prayer life by introducing you to countless ways to connect with God.

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