One of my big goals for 2013 is to spend more time learning God’s Word and to start praying more often, especially for my children. I want my kids to grow up loving the Lord and wanting to do His will, and I realize that my kids are watching me and what I do, so when I spend time praying and deepening my relationship with the Lord, this models good prayer habits for them to pick up as they get older.
Not being from a home where prayer was practiced, I’ve had to learn how to do it myself as an adult. And though it may sound easy to just sit down and pray, I’ve realized that I don’t really know how to pray or what to pray about. That’s why I’m so thankful for the book Praying Circles Around Your Children, a short and easy read by Pastor Mark Batterson.
Pastor Mark believes in using prayer circles to pray for your kids, based on his New York Times bestselling book, The Circle Maker: Praying Circles Around Your Biggest Dreams and Greatest Fears. In this book, he tells of a Jewish man named Honi, who drew a circle in the sand around himself and prayed fervently for rain to save the people from drought. Using this as inspiration, Pastor Mark outlines 5 ways in which to use prayer circles to help you pray for your children.
I am the kind of person who really thrives on using a plan, and the 5 prayer circles described in the book make praying for my children’s safety, spiritual growth, and success in life so much easier. I love the ideas he suggests, such as putting notes with Scripture inside the lunch boxes to encourage them through the day, or laying my hands on them while I pray.
If you need inspiration on how to pray for and with your children, I would suggest picking up this wonderful and very affordable book! You can read a sample chapter here.
And now for some exciting news….Zondervan, the publisher of Praying Circles Around Your Children, has generously provided 2 copies of the book as well as 2 boxes of sidewalk chalk to give to my readers!
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Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in return for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.