Our culture says that the most important things for children are education, good health, treats, entertainment, and material things. Yet as Christians, we know that children's spiritual health is the most important thing. So we need to pray for them, but where do we start?
This little guide is both deep and do-able. Melissa Kruger takes us back to the Bible to show us what God’s will for children is, so we can pray in line with it. She selects 21 key areas of spiritual growth and character development. For each one, there are five short prayer prompts drawn straight from the Bible.
When we pray in line with God's priorities as found in his word, our prayers are powerful and effective (James 5 v 16)—and that's a truly thrilling prospect.
This book can be used in any number of ways: work through it as part of your daily quiet time, or pick it up whenever a particular need arises. Either way, it's worth stepping out of the busyness of daily life for five minutes to pray meaningfully for your child, grandchild, godchild, or kids in your church—from tots to teens, and every age in between.
Praying that God will…
Save my child
Fill my child with Spiritual Fruit
Watch over my child
Praying that My child will…
Have confidence in Jesus
Experience God's greatness
Delight in God's word
Live in harmony with others
Prayerfully seek God
Be content in all things
Praying that I will…
Share the Goodness of God
Create a home of patience and kindness
Trust the Lord with my child
Praying for my child when they are…
Suffering from disappointment, loss, or hurt
Experiencing change, uncertainty, or fear
Making a difficult decision
Helen Thorne is Director of Training and Resources at Biblical Counselling UK and an experienced counsellor. She formerly worked with London City Mission and has written Purity is Possible, Walking with Domestic Abuse Suffers and 5 Things to Pray for Your City. She attends Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, London.
Pete Nicholas is pastor of the Inspire London church, which is part of the Redeemer City to City network, and is on the City to City UK executive. Previously he worked for Christians in Sport, and before that as a management consultant in the technology industry. He has also written Virtually Human: flourishing in a digital age.
"In an age of helicopter parenting, it's easy for parents to think that our children's future rests in our hands. Even as Christians, we spend more time trying to manage the world around them than crying out to the God who holds the world—and our children—in his. But with 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids, Melissa Kruger gives us the practical steps we need to take all we can't control to the One whose goodness reigns supreme. Because in the end, the very best thing parents can do with our hands is fold them... in prayer." - Hannah Anderson, Author of All That's Good and mother of three
"I can easily fall into a rut when praying for my children. I am so thankful, therefore, for Melissa Kruger's fresh new book, 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids: Prayers that Change Things for the Next Generation. This is not an abstract lecture about prayer; it's a practical guide to prayer. The layout is clear, the framing is biblical, the prayer prompts are brief, and the value—for us, for our kids, and for the glory of Christ—is eternal." - Matt Smethurst, Managing Editor of The Gospel Coalition