Book Review: "The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids"

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The One Year Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids

A REVIEW BY COURTNEY HARRIS

Do you pray for your kids?

Do you want to pray, but feel guilty for letting the busyness of life keep you from talking with God?

Do you try to pray for your child, but don’t know where to start?

Personally, I answer “yes” to all of these questions. Perhaps this is why I love the start of fall and the return of school days: it is an invitation to new routines and habits. As my own daughter heads to school for the first time, I’m reminded again of the chance to pray for her, both for the challenges she faces today and for her future.

One book in particular has helped me do this: Nancy Guthrie’s “Praying Through the Bible for Your Kids.” While there are dozens of great resources about praying for—and with—your kiddos I’ve especially enjoyed Guthrie’s book for a few reasons:

  1. There is a single-page entry for every day. Rather than an overwhelming list of potential prayer requests or a vague prayer of “God bless my child,” I can easily flip to the page for today and receive guidance for praying for my child without feeling guilty for how many days I might have missed.
  2. Each day includes a short, non-cheesy devotional.  The devotional is a reflection on the day’s Scripture passage that not only shapes how I pray but also challenges and encourages my own heart. As my own heart is refreshed, I am reminded that the state of my own heart significantly affects how I am able to disciple my child well.
  3. The prayers are based in Scripture. When praying for my child, it’s so easy for me to pray only for the things that I, a very fallible, limited parent, think are most important. Guthrie’s book, however, encourages me to pray from God’s viewpoint. Her book renews my thinking to value not only what is needed for my child today, but also to care about my child’s character, spiritual life, and eternal future.

As I turn my eyes toward God in prayer, I have the privilege of aligning my desires for my child with His. As I do, I’m reminded that our heavenly Father, not any earthly parent, is the one who can supply all that both my child and I need.

- Courtney