Praying the Scriptures for Your Adult Children By Jodie Berndt

I have purchased several books through the years on praying for my children. I believe it is the most powerful life changing thing a parent can do: ask the Lord that entrusted them to you to direct their lives. Who knows a child better, their needs and challenges than a loving parent? Second only to God of course!
After my children were grown, some of those petitions still applied but some did not. It was a whole new chapter in their spiritual walk. They were adults making their own choices in navigating life. I could no longer protect them in ways I could before, nor could I have say so in their direction. I had to release then to His guidance. No matter how strongly we raise them in the Lord they will make mistakes (didn’t we) and face problems.
Scriptures swirled around in my head, there were so many it became confusing. Some areas I knew what to pray for, others I was not sure exactly what to pray and of course there was the concern of what was I missing I should pray for. I was delighted to get this book.
I liked that it was not just an entire book of prayers to insert your child’s name in, as were some books I got and was very disappointed. Yes, there are excellent prayers based on scripture, but there is much more! The focus on your prayers is God’s Word and His promises; exactly where it should be. It also includes praying for your grandchildren, who too soon become adults also.
The book is divided into 5 parts and each of those is divided into specific areas our grown children are in need of prayer. Though I would suggest it, you do not have to read the entire book in order. You can turn directly to the prayer need you have at the time. The book was loaded with scripture references which is very important to me! The stories the author shared of what other parents have faced was comforting, taking away the “am I the only one” feeling. Consciously we know we are not but subconsciously we find ourselves doubting.
Sprinkled throughout the book are “prayer principals”, comforting reminders of wisdom we may overlook or forget about prayer when we are overwhelmed with concern and feeling helpless. It is a book to keep, to refer to over and over. The size is perfect for carrying it with you. This is a dynamic book to direct you in releasing your precious children to the One who created them for Him, then petition Him in caring for them. I am so thankful for this book!
I received this book from Handlebar Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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