Coming out with a new book is exciting. Announcing it to the world is exciting. Giving part of it away is really exciting! Today is in the “really exciting” category!
The book is called Bible Praying for Parents and I co-wrote it with Judy Fetzer (more on her a few inches down the page). Simply put, “Bible Praying” is taking the actual words of Scripture and praying them over your kids.
Here’s the deal…
- We know we need to pray for our kids.
- We want to pray for our kids.
- We don’t pray for our kids enough (or we say the same prayers over and over).
- With Bible Praying, we know we’re praying God’s will. (After all, He wrote it!)
- With Bible Praying, there are 365 unique prayers covering every aspect of your child’s life.
- With Bible Praying, you’ll be in the Word more yourself. (And you might start praying these prayers for yourself. Win-Win!)
Ok…let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.
I have known Judy Fetzer for the better part of two decades. She is the original idea-generator for Bible Praying. (More on how that happened in her “note” below.) Here’s the short description from the back cover:
Judy Fetzer is a wife and mother of three. She spent many years involved with the Moms in Prayer prayer groups in her children’s schools. She currently works at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA.
We start the book with a note from each of us. I thought I’d go ahead and put the entire content of those pages here. After all, we’re self-publishing this one, so I’m not breaking any copyright laws. Doh!
A Note from Judy
As a young mom with young kids in elementary school, there was a lot to worry about. Knowing I was sending my precious, tenderhearted children into public school only added to my concern. And then I met Melissa. Her fervor and belief in prayer inspired me; my knowledge of finding Scripture in the Bible inspired her. Together, when we two moms prayed God’s word over our children, specifically and Biblically; we found comfort, support, and peace that only comes from resting in Christ. By joining together, inviting God into our concerns and opening His word, we could rest, knowing that God’s word was at work on the school grounds, in the classroom, in the staff and administrators at school.
During my children’s middle school years, I returned to college and was alarmed by the culture. I knew the struggles my kids would soon come against as they entered college and wanted to continue to pray daily for them using God’s Word. But like most of us, I often forgot to pray — I meant to set aside time but life is busy with three kids. One day while reading a blog I realized I could put the Scripture prayers I’d collected through the years onto my own blog and send them to myself by email. When I checked my email every day, there would be a reminder to pray. I invited other mom’s to subscribe, to find the same comfort and peace from God’s word, and that’s how my humble little ministry was born.
I invite you to begin your time of prayer with Scripture. Pray it over those God brings to your mind. Then rest, knowing God is at work.
A Note from Me
When Judy told me about her blog of “daily Bible prayers,” I thought it sounded interesting. So…I went to the blog and signed up to receive the updates. What I didn’t expect was to have Judy’s simple, daily blog transform the way I pray for my own kids!
Simple prayers. Profound prayers. Bible prayers. Praying the actual words of Scripture for my kids, over my kids, and sometimes with my kids. Every day.
I was hooked. I also found myself reading the Bible and noticing other verses I could add to the list. Sometimes I would jot them down. Sometimes I would stop and pray the verses right then. Sometimes I would write them on a notecard and tape them to their bathroom mirror. And sometimes I would pray them out loud over them as they ate their breakfast and got ready for school.
When I approached Judy about turning these prayers into a book, I was grateful she agreed. We’ve added a section with the prayers organized by category and another section with Bible “blessings” you can pray in the mornings, at bedtime, at meals, or anytime.
I partnered with Judy to write this book because I need it. We are sharing it with you in the hope, prayer, and belief that God will use it to transform the frequency, enjoyment, and impact of your own prayers for your children.
Bible Praying for Parents is divided into three sections:
Section One: 365 Daily Prayers. The prayers are the actual words of Scripture, with the reference, category, and focus. Insert your child’s name as you pray the Bible for and over your child.
Section Two: Bible Prayers by Category. All the prayers from each category laid out together. Pray multiple Bible Prayers for Anxiety, Friendships, Temptations, Relationships, etc.
Section Three: Bible Blessings. Blessings straight from God’s Word. Say them to your kids. Pray them over your kids. Remind them of who they are
and whose they are.
Sample: The Daily Prayers
Here are the prayers for yesterday, today, and tomorrow…
Verse: Proverbs 31:25, 30
Focus: Pray for your child’s strength.
Lord God, may _____ be clothed with strength and dignity, help him(her) laugh with no fear of the future. Remind _____ that charm is deceptive, beauty does not last, but the one who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. ~Amen (Proverbs 31:25, 30 NLT)
Verse: Proverbs 1:8-9
Focus: Pray for you child to respect their parents.
Gracious God, I pray that _____ would listen to what his(her) father teaches him(her). May _____ not neglect his(her) mother’s teaching. Let _____ see that what he(she) learns from a parent will crown him(her) with grace and clothe him(her) with honor. ~Amen (Proverbs 1:8-9 NLT)
Verse: Acts 26:18
Focus: Pray for your child’s faith.
Gracious God, I pray that you would open _____’s eyes so he(she) can see the difference between dark and light; may _____ choose light. Help _____ see the difference between Satan and God, and choose God. May he(she) clearly see Your offer of forgiveness of sins, and choose a place in the family, in the company of those who begin real living by believing in You, Christ. ~Amen (Acts 26:18 MSG)
Sample: Bible Prayers by Category
As you can see from the samples above, each Bible Prayer is assigned a category. Here is a list of the categories:
- Faith Walk
- Life Issues
- Love God’s Word
- Mind and Body
- Work Ethic
Here’s what it looks like…
Sample: Bible Blessings
Historically, blessing children is a big deal. Lately, we have left blessing our children out of the family routine. I think it’s about time we bring blessings back. The third section of Bible Praying for Parents will give you more than 40 blessings adapted straight from the Word.
Here are five to get you started…
From Deuteronomy 6:24-26
Blessing:______ , I pray that God will richly bless you and keep you. May the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
From Romans 8:14-17
Blessing: ______ , always remember that you are led by the Sprit of God and are therefore a child of God. The Spirit you received does not make a slave, so there is no need to live in fear. Rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. By him we cry “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with your spirit that you are God’s child. Now if you are a child, then you are an heir – an heir of God and co-heir with Christ, if indeed you share in his sufferings in order that you may also share in his glory.
From 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Blessing: ______, you are in Christ, so you are a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God. All this is from God, who reconciled you to himself through Christ and gave you the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to you the message of reconciliation. You are therefore Christ’s ambassador, as though God were making his appeal through you. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him you might become the righteousness of God.
From Ephesians 5:1
Blessing:______, follow God’s example, as a dearly loved child, and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved you and gave himself up for you as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
From 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Blessing: _____, I constantly pray for you! I pray that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. I pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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