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60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children – book review

60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children – book review60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children

by Roy Lessin (Summerside Press, 2012)

Reviewed by Janet Sketchley

This hard-bound gift book is a great resource for any praying parent. Each prayer is matched with a Scripture verse and a brief inspirational quote, and a green satin ribbon lets you mark your progress through the pages.

Nine sections focus prayers in the areas of blessing, protection, character, community, praise, growth, courage, purpose and knowing God. The prayers are written from a point of view that says “my children” but are easily customizable to “our” and/or “child” … or, for that matter, “grandchild” or “niece/nephew.”

I made a point in each prayer to include my children’s names, and when I reached the end of the book, I began again. The prayers apply to any age of child as well, and again, are customizable. For example, if a reader has a child who’s ignoring the Lord, instead of thanking God for a faith relationship, the reader could thank Him for desiring such a relationship with the child, and pray for the Holy Spirit to draw him/her.

I’ve long been a fan of Roy Lessin’s verse and his devotional website, Meet Me in the Meadow. His words in these carefully-crafted prayers can aid us in regular prayer for the children (of all ages) in our lives.

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[Review copy from my personal library. Amazon link is an affiliate link for The Word Guild.]

Janet Sketchley

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Janet writes about the tenacity of God. Her novel, Heaven’s Prey, releases November 1, 2013 from Choose NOW Publishing. You can find her on her website, Janet Sketchley.

HOW CAN PRAYER SUSTAIN US?

Prayer Sustains Us

by Judith Lawrence

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“Prayer is your way through darkness, prayer is your way into the light, prayer is your way into the field of grace. … Prayer is your way to God.” Entering the Castle Page 108, Caroline Myss.

Those of us who pray on a regular basis know the power and support that prayer brings into our lives. Without this prayer power we would not be able to get through the many difficulties with which we are confronted every day. As well as that, the many joys and benefits that we receive daily from God would have less impact on us without being able to give our thanks and praise to God through spontaneous prayer.

We first learn to pray by rote. We learn the Lord’s Prayer, grace at mealtimes, the night prayers for sleep, and the morning prayers for a blessing on a new day. These prayers bring us into the habit of praying to God and gradually bring us into an ongoing conversation and relationship with God throughout the day.

If we have not, as yet, cultivated an attitude of prayer as we go through our day, our rote prayers have somehow missed the mark.

Prayers said and repeated by rote are good; rote prayers that bring us ever deeper into a loving relationship with God sustain us and bring us through our dark times into the light; they lead us to praise God at all times and in all circumstances.

Prayer is our way to God.

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Judith Lawrence

Judith Lawrence lives in Muskoka, Ontario, a land of lakes, forests, and wildlife. She began to write seriously when she was in her fifties and has written three non-fiction spiritual books. Judith has also written a book of mystical poetry and one of short stories; she writes a weekly blog about contemplation and records a podcast meditation monthly.

BLESSINGS

Blessings

by Jan Cox

This past week we were studying Jude in our Bible Study – The Amazing Collection. It is the last book before Revelation and although I had read through it before I had never studied it. On the fifth day we studied blessings. And I believe that is something we don’t do enough.

A blessing is usually given by the “professional” at the end of a service, or ceremony.

But I found out that we have many opportunities to give blessings.

In the Old Testament we find blessings given on different occasions:

  1. Jacob blessed his sons
  2. Moses blessed the tribes of Israel before they entered Canaan
  3. Aaron and Moses blessed the people before they offered sacrifices
  4. David blessed the people when the ark was brought to Zion
  5. Solomon blessed the nation during the temple dedication

I can say the more common one:

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.

May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

What I didn’t know was that this is Scriptural – Numbers 6:24-26  NIV

So when I studied Jude I found a very powerful benediction at the end.

“To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen” ( Jude 24-25 NIV).

I found this very uplifting – the words, “to Him who is able” and “before all ages” made an impact on me. And I love to hear “keep me from stumbling”.

In our lesson we were challenged to see where we could use blessings.

  • When I write birthday cards – I could write a special blessing for that person.
  • When someone is starting a new career – I could bless him in that new position.
  • When a new baby is born – I could bless this child.

A blessing is a prayer. Asking God into our situations and into our lives that is a blessing.

I found a very interesting site called Pray the Scriptures and learned many ways to use blessings even on myself.

A blessing “carries power and life by which the welfare of the ones blessed is furthered and sustained.” (Jude, The Amazing Collection, page 213)

May all who read this be blessed.

Prayer:

Lord, we know that words are powerful. When we pray Your words over our friends and family we bring you into their lives. Help us to learn to bless more. In Jesus’ name. AMEN.

My Gratitude List – aiming for 2000 – I am at 1182.

  • finding frozen crock pot recipes online
  • miracle healing of a friend
  • upcoming Write! Canada Conference
  • first smile of new grandson looking at his mommy
  • “milk contentment” of a baby
  • extended walks as mommy gets stronger
  • major slow cooker freezer blitz for daughter and family
  • preparing to fly back to Arizona to see my hubby
  • prayer of blessing over new grandson
  • good flight back to AZ – no Air Canada strike
  • met a graphic designer on the plane
  • jet lag – yuck – so resting
  • good to see friends again
  • happy to hug hubby
  • baby gaining weight
  • still getting oranges right from the trees
  • morning stillness
  • flowers of spring in the desert

  • ducks by the lakes – Snowball loves to chase them back into the water

Jan Cox

Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number of articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan is working on a couple children’s books in which she is also the watercolour illustrator.