Even as the moon influences the tides of the sea, even so does prayer…influence the tides of godliness. –Charles Spurgeon
Well. This got longer than I intended. If you want to skip listening to me wax and wane, feel free to just glean from the information below.
Prayer Guides I Have Used Over the Years
- Praying for the Next Generation by Sally Michael takes 12 main themes and has Scripture verses that speak to those themes for you to pray through for your children. This has been my all time favorite tool for prayer. There is space after each chapter to add your own Scripture and/or prayer needs. It makes a wonderful record of your ongoing prayers…and is a blessing to look back on to see how God has answered.
- For the Family by Sylvia Gunter was the very first prayer guide I used when my children were very small. It has the prayers written out word for word and taught me what was important to pray…and how to do it.
- The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Ormartian is another book with strategic, powerful prayers already written out word for word. Only have a few minutes and need to get “right to the point” with God? Grab this. Again, it will help you learn WHAT to pray.
- Watchman on the Walls by Anne Arkins and Gary Harrell is a book that helps you pray character into your child. Broken into short prayers for each day, it aids a parent in being strategic about praying. The prayers in this one are short. I used to pray through several prayers each morning. But this is a great book if you are in a season where time is short (new baby!)
- Setting Their Hope in God: Biblical Intercession for Your Children by Andrew Case is a book I recently ordered. I’m looking forward to adding it to my personal arsenal!
- Prayers of an Excellent Wife by Andrew Case is a treasure trove of Scripture already written out into prayers. I did a review of this book earlier this year.
- The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Ormartian is similar to her other books in this series. I love having the prayers written out. I often pray them while throwing laundry in the wash machine/opening shades/picking up in the morning. I can get things done and pray purposeful, meaningful prayers at the same time without my mind wandering!
You do not need to be a perfect parent. You do need to be a praying parent.