Unbeknownst to me, I was about to enter a difficult season where I would be crossing a long, dark valley. I thought I was to put together a prayer team only to pray for my ministry of writing and for a specific book that I knew would be difficult to write. Turns out, I was going to need prayer over many areas of my life in the months and years to come.
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God knew and was gracious to allow me to have my prayer team in place before that period in my life began.
Although the size of my prayer team has fluctuated from year to year, there are quite a few of my prayer warriors who have been with me for all eleven years. Most of these loving Christians have never met me personally, but they have cared and prayed for me as if I were one of their closest friends. Their prayers have carried me through trials in my marriage, through worries over my children and grandchildren, through my broken ankle, through the illness and death my mom, through my cancer diagnosis and treatment, and through the writing of many novels.
Earlier this week, one of those precious sisters in Christ who has been a part of my team from the first year, was in Boise on business, and we had the opportunity to meet at a local coffee shop and visit and laugh and pray together. What a blessing! It was a sweet, sweet time, and now I will see her lovely face in my mind whenever I send out a prayer bulletin.
You don’t have to have a ministry such as writing Christian fiction in order to need a prayer team, and you needn’t be public in your request to form a team. But we all need prayer. We all need trusted folks to whom we can turn with needs and concerns and even rejoicing and praise.
Need help in forming a prayer team? Here is a post I did back in 2011 that contains Scripture and my call for prayer team members. Perhaps it will encourage and guide you.