The Power of a Praying Parent

This morning, I finished reading “The Power of a Praying Parent” by Stormie Omartian. I’ve been slowly reading it (and utilizing the prayers in it) for a couple of weeks. It’s really a phenomenal book to have on hand. Of course, I constantly pray for my son, but my prayers are so often limited to the “here and now” – prayers for guidance on the right preschool, prayers in how to handle temper tantrums and discipline, etc. Until reading this book, I never really prayed for things he “may” face in the future (with the exception of prayers for his salvation)  – i.e. identifying God-given gifts and talents, attracting godly friends and role models, avoiding addictive behavior (alcohol, drugs, etc), rejecting sexual immorality, etc.

This book makes it so easy to pray for things we might not remember to pray about for our children unless it becomes an urgent issue. But why would we want to wait until it’s an urgent issue? As the author states, “It’s not enough to pray only for the concerns of the moment; we need to pray for the future, and we need to pray against the effects of past events. When King David was depressed over what had happened in his life and fearful about future consequences (Psalm 143), he didn’t just say, “Oh well, whatever will be will be.” He cried out to God about the past, present, and future of his life. He prayed about everything. And that is exactly what we must do as well.”

This book includes 30 prayers you can use now to pray over your children (no matter their age – even if they are adult children). Some of the topics include: Releasing My Child into God’s Hands, Feeling Loved and Accepted, Establishing an Eternal Future, Honoring Parents and Resisting Rebellion, Developing a Hunger for the Things of God, Following Truth and Rejecting Lies, and so on…

What is truly wonderful about this book is that it not only includes helpful prayers, but at the end of each prayer the author has included relevant “weapons of warfare” (i.e. the Word of God). Stormie noted, “When we employ God’s Word in prayer, we are laying hold of the promises He gives us and appropriating them into the lives of our children. Through His Word, God guides us, speaks to us, and reminds us He is faithful. In that way, He builds faith in our hearts and enables us to understand His heart. This helps us to pray boldly in faith, knowing exactly what is His truth, His will, and our authority.”

“When Jesus spoke to the devil, He rebuked him. Sometimes in doing this He quoted Scripture…Jesus is our role model. We are to observe Him and do what He does.”

“Jesus’ death on the cross broke the back of the accuser, but the evil one will still harass all who don’t know their God-given authority over him. That is where our prayers come in. Our children will stand accused until we break the stronghold of the accuser in prayer, using the Word of God as hard evidence against him.”

For instance, after the prayer of “Identifying God-given Gifts and Talents,” Stormie included the following Bible verses:

1) For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. – Romans 11:29

2) To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. – Ephesians 4:7

3) As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10

4) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. – James 1:17

5) I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Corinthians 1:4-7

In summary, if you want to get down on your knees for your children and battle alongside them, appropriating God’s power on their behalf – I highly recommend this book:

 

 

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  1. Marty says:

    I’ve read this book too and it is wonderful! Love following your posts on “Shepherd my child”…..

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