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Book Review: 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids (Melissa Kruger)

As I sit down to write this review, I’m a little embarrassed that it’s taken me this long to write this. This is an easy book to read, but equally an important book! I think this whole series would be great. As I just stated yesterday, prayer for me is difficult. Talking is difficult. Having words to speak is difficult. Especially the right words. Especially coherent words. There are so many things we need to pray for and people who need prayer. Surely there is enough going on in your kid’s life that you would know what to pray for, right? The problem is that there is too much going on with everyone that life just blows by us. We sometimes have no idea what’s going on to the point that we’re almost lucky if we ever know what to pray for. Or maybe that’s just me.

In this small book, Melissa guides you through 21 specific ways you can pray for your kids. After her daughter Emma introduces the book, Melissa explains how to use this book as a guide. Each chapter has five points. You can pray through a chapter a day and finish the book in 3 weeks. Or you can pray through one point a day on weekdays. Or you can pick it up when you want to pray over a specific area in your kid’s life.

Next, she divides the book into four sections:

  1. Praying that God will…
  2. Praying that my child will…
  3. Praying that I will…
  4. Praying when my child is…

Then she simply takes a Psalm or a few verses from different places in the Bible and divvies them up to be applied to your child. If you want to pray that God would watch over your child, Melissa goes to Psalm 121 and begins by writing, “Father, I pray that you will help my child by…”

  1. Encouraging me (v1): There is no owner’s manual to parenthood, but thankfully we can turn to God in need.
  2. Watching over them (vv3-4): We can’t always be watching our children, but God is with them. Pray that your children will know he is with them, “no matter where they go or what they face” (20).
  3. Providing refreshment (vv5-6): Pray that they will run to God and find comfort in him when life is hard.
  4. Keeping them from harm (v7): Just as we cannot always watch our children to make sure they are okay, we cannot always be there to protect them. Pray that God will protect them and that he will use their hardships to draw them ever closer to him.
  5. Protecting their future (v8): The choices our children make affect them and those around them. Pray that the Lord would guide them into making wise choices that bless themselves, others, and honor God.

She gives examples on how to pray for your child to be wise (Prov 13:3-20), to love others (1 Cor 13:4-5), and to stand firm (Eph 6:10-17). She gives examples on how to pray that you will create a home of patience and kindness (Col 3:12-14) and trust the Lord with your child (Ps 27). We hate to see our children suffer from disappointment, loss, and hurt, but when they do we can turn to Romans 5:1-5 and pray for them to grow in godly character, to glorify God’s name, to endure, hope, and remember God’s love being poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit.

Recommended?

I think this is an excellent book and an excellent series that everyone can benefit from. Whether your an accountant, a pastor, a single parents, a brother, a veterinarian, or anyone else, you would benefit from this book. Why should you buy this book? Melissa’s daughter says it well in the introduction. Having parents who pray in the home helps make prayer “feel natural- like a native language you’d spoken since birth” (7). I want Micah to feel like prayer comes naturally to him, and to see that Mari and I really believe in what God has spoken to us in his word.

Lagniappe

  • Series: 5 Things
  • Author: Melissa Kruger
    • Melissa serves as Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC, and as an editor for The Gospel Coalition (TGC).
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: The Good Book Company (March 1, 2019)
  • Read a sample

Find it on Amazon and The Good Book Company!

Disclosure: I received this book free from New Growth Press. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.

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