To be blunt, PRE-ORDER THIS BOOK.
If you have children in your life, this book is frankly amazing. I am so glad I was able to get my hands on an advanced copy! Every so often, I will write reviews for Family Christian on various books they sell in their stores and online. My compensation is getting books for free, which as an avid reader… that is a win. So, when I was given the opportunity to get an advanced copy of this book… I SAID YES.
Let’s face it, sometimes…. our prayers for our kids… can become a bit ROUTINE.
Dear God, please watch over my children…
Keep them safe. Help them to know you…
Let them do well in school, get along with their siblings better…
Heal their cold, help them pass their tests…
Lead them to a godly spouse…
Sound familiar? In recent years, I have been trying a lot harder to pray from the scriptures. Yet, even with that attempt, I still found that the it was getting repetitive. I needed help!
In the past, I have purchased devotion books for my kids. They are great for teaching kids, and praying WITH your kids, but not for your kids. At a recent meeting with my church small group, we talked about the difference between praying ABOUT people, and praying FOR them. I really want my prayer life for my kids to be more meaningful, I don’t want to pray a laundry list of all the things they are doing wrong, failing at, or causing frustration to me. I want to pray for my children with deep, scriptural, prayer.
In the book, Prayers for Your Children: 90 Days of Heartfelt Prayers, we get exactly that. When you finish the 90 days, you may be ready to launch off on your own. But, you may find, you want to start back over from the beginning, making small changes along the way.
The author, James Banks, has a very comfortable writing style that gets right to the point. The 90 days of prayers are broken up into themed weeks (Knowing [God], [Being] Thankful, etc). Each day, within that week, has a selection of scripture that reflects the days main point. Immediately, you move into the prayer structure. Supporting the scripture and theme for the week, every sentence of the prayer reflects scripture. Not only is it written out for us in a prayer format, but the actual scripture is referenced in parenthesis next to it.
As you begin to move through the pages of the book, I would recommend reading through the prayer first. With a prayer journal, or even just by writing in the margins of the pages, customize the prayers to the child you are praying for. Change he into she, or substitute with your child’s name. Perhaps the prayer selection brings to mind a very specific situation, jot that down & make sure to include it in your prayers. After reading through it, pray it! Pray on your own, or with your spouse; you may even wish to include your child in the prayer as they get older. Utilize your journal or empty space in the margins, to come back to it & keep track of how God is answering your prayers.
In moments of doubt, you can reflect on how God has answered your prayers & is working in the life of your child. And, if your child is going through a season of doubt…. show it to them. Let them see all of the prayers you had been praying for them, and how God was moving on their behalf… and they didn’t even know it!
Life will throw our kids loops and put obstacles in their way. You may not choose to work through the prayers in order, but instead search for the ones appropriate to what is happening in your child’s life… right now. Regardless of how you choose to use it, this is a great scriptural prayer resource. A perfect tool for any parent.
At $12.99 it is not an expensive book at all, and one you may reference over and over again. This would make a great gift for parents-to-be, parents that are new believers, or even for that parent who is struggling with their child. When we shift from praying ABOUT our kids and into praying FOR them, it opens up compassion and allows us to see our kids from heavenly perspective.
Author: James Banks
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
Currently on Pre-Order, Anticipated for Release March 2015