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The Power of a Praying Parent

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Perfect for new moms and dads as well as those a little further along in the journey, this is a must-have for anyone caring for a child.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 1st 1995)
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Dec 08, 2012 Leigh rated it liked it
So if I were rating this book just for the prayers I would give it a 5. If I were rating the part where the author writes about each prayer topic I'd give it a 2. I should have just bought the book of prayers! The prayers are excellent and there's enough to pray one each day of the month for your child. Really liked this.

Now, I am a full believer in the power of prayer. But what I didn't care for in this book was the author's attitude that if you simply pray for your children bad things won't h
Adam K.
Mar 02, 2011 Adam K. rated it really liked it
An invaluable tool for parents. I think my only caveat with this book is that Omartian gets me worrying a bit more than I should be for my child's welfare. Every parent loses sleep because of their child, and when their child sleeps all the way through the night, we're all wondering if they're dead or just kept awake by thoughts of what could happen to them in the moment we're not there for them. I also worry about screwing my kids up, which I think just because I'm their dad, I'm already doing ...more
Eleanor Hoppe
May 29, 2012 Eleanor Hoppe rated it really liked it
Great guide to praying for your kids - adding a foundational element to praying with and for your children. Organized in small chapters so you can prioritize. Some of the narration can seem a bit over the top, but the topics covered are valuable and the prayers are powerful. My biggest hesitation is the sense that praying in this way comes across as a guarantee of a certain outcome - and that is not a promise I hear in scripture.
Jan 22, 2009 Latonya rated it it was amazing
Our children need our prayers. The enemy is out to destory their lives because to stop them is to stop generations to come who will expose his darkness to a dying world and lead many to Jesus Christ. If you are discouraged and don't know what to do about your children this is the book to read. If your children are on the right path, don't get cocky. We still have to maintain. This is the book for you as well.
Jan 30, 2012 Zari rated it it was amazing
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. I've prayed these series of prayers over my son his whole life, he's 9 now, and I've seen God pour extraordinary favor out on him time and time again. This is a child who rarely gets sick, he's kind, intelligent - almost always straight A's since Kinder, he's respectful, he doesn't get in trouble at school ... and I could just go on and on. I've told him repeatedly I'm blessed to know him because he's so wonderful. I pray for wisdom, and God gives it to him. If you ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Wendy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, christian
Referred to me by COL Green, I Corps Commanding Chaplain.
CJ Bowen
Think of Stormie as a wise and godly older Charismatic mom who is attending and contributing to your Bible study, rather than teaching the study. Let her share her thoughts, wisdom, and experiences, and you will benefit from a great deal of it. Occasionally, though, she'll need to be pushed to explain what she means by "releasing God's power". She'll benefit from being challenged as to whether she's thinking of prayer too mechanistically when she says that if she'd had praying parents, she and h ...more
Oct 02, 2014 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love this book. As a parent, it taught me a lot of things that my child needs prayer for, in every aspect of their lives. It was nice because there was a personal connection made in the devotion, then an example of a prayer about that specific topic, and then 5-6 verses that apply to what was prayed about. For me personally, my prayer life is not the strongest, and I often feel like I don't know *how* to pray, so by reading the example prayers in the book I was able to get an idea o ...more
Sep 03, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
I read this several years ago and as with THE POWER OF A PRAYING WIFE, I have my old, falling apart copy. I should update, I guess. I highly recommend this as a mother of four children, for anyone trying to raise their family in a Godly and Christian way. It is written in a daily devotional form with prayers and sciptures for each topic. It has a clear message. As God has a plan for our lives, so has the enemy. But we can do great damage to the enemy's plans for our children, which is havoc and ...more
Amy Walker
Jun 14, 2012 Amy Walker rated it it was amazing
This book was very instrumental in changing the way I pray for my children. It was one of those books I had noticed a hundred times at people's houses or at book stores but was always reluctant to pick up. Finally, I did and it was totally God's timing. Reading through Stormie's very practical advice and suggestions for prayer it was literally helping me on a daily basis deal with some frustrating issues with my kids. I would recommend this book to all parents who are serious about advocating fo ...more
Feb 07, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
I have had my copy since 2002 and I still use it and read it. I find it helpful when I don't know where to start sometimes praying for my children. I love how she has so much scripture incorporated into her prayers as well for God has said that His word will not return void. I have seen God answer my prayers concerning my children. This book help me to realize that they belong to Him first and foremost and if anything I am to be faithful as a parent and leave the rest up to Him.
Jan 01, 2009 Joanna rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite non-fiction Christian books. I've been humbled over the last fifteen years at how little control I have over my children's choices and actions. Prayer, when I follow the daily, active discipline, has allowed me to "let go and let God." I gave my copy of this book to a friend who really needed it, and Pam's review reminded me to buy another!
Becky Giovagnoni
Dec 11, 2015 Becky Giovagnoni rated it liked it
My faith has changed quite a lot in the last few years. While I found the actual prayers themselves helpful, the explanation behind them was way too black and white for me. "If this happens, it's because you weren't praying this..." I don't believe at all that life is that black and white. This is too simplistic of an approach to God and prayer and faith.
Feb 03, 2010 Melva rated it liked it
We need all the help we can get in this messed up world and I believe in the power of prayer. This book gives messages on character development, peer pressure, school, friends, relationship with God, family relationships, etc. and teaches you how to pray for our children (whether 3 or 35) - or, for your grandchildren.
Sep 29, 2011 Joanne rated it it was amazing
I go back and re-read this book every couple of years or so and it's always such an inspiration to me and a wonderful reminder of where we as parents really need to keep our focus. I've read a couple of her other "praying" books and well and they are wonderful
Sep 19, 2011 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all parents
Shelves: spirit
Any book on prayer by Stormie Omartian has always proved to be excellent... She's very down to earth, and optimistic at the same time. Has good knowledge of scripture, and doesn't take things out of context to suit her end.
Mar 31, 2012 Sara marked it as to-read
Shelves: religion, abandoned
Like this a lot - its helping me focus my prayer life a bit better on my kids and giving me a little more form and specificity as well.

However, not a book I'm reading cover to cover... Just picking it up when I need it.
Karen L.
Apr 24, 2008 Karen L. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
This was written more from her own life experiences and bible verses. It would have been more enticing if she added stories of praying parents, fathers, mothers or grand parents. St.Augustine's mother really prayed for him!
Mar 29, 2009 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Another MUST READ for raising children in the direction they are meant to go. Even if you don't have children now, you can start praying for your future ones to come - God willing!
Coralee Romett skebeck gionta
What a way to feel empowered about the lives of your children, give it all to God! Love this book & getting it for every parent I know.
Neil Coulter
Sep 15, 2015 Neil Coulter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I've used these prayers for years. When I moved back to the US earlier this year, I gave away my copy of The Power of a Praying Parent, but then purchased the newest edition soon after the move. What's new in the latest edition?

**New introductions by Omartian's son and daughter, which are added to the introductions they wrote for the first two editions. It's nice to see their perspective as they've grown up.
**A new chapter on praying through the teenage years. Helpful for me, since I now have on
Sara Hollar
Nov 19, 2014 Sara Hollar rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-for-2014
I quickly realized this book was not going to be tremendously helpful to me. I sensed early that the author views prayer as something that we do to make good things happen for us (for our children). There are many quotes that show her belief that prayer is the reason bad things do not happen:

"But the good news is that if we had not been praying, they might have been killed or sustained serious & permanent injuries."
"Remember, if you don't pray for your children's eternal future, they may not
Apr 12, 2014 Sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2014
I'm not a parent yet, but Husband and I are getting close to expanding our family. So when the opportunity came up to read and review The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian, I jumped on it without thinking twice. I can't give you testimony of how these prayers have worked to change my children's lives because I just don't have children yet, but throughout her other books, Stormie Omartian has taught me that I don't have to wait until prayers are needed over a specific topic in order t ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
My feelings about this book are all over the place. While reading it, it's like you're a 49er panning for small tidbits of gold though murky, sandy water. I went into this book expecting it to be a lot like an Elizabeth George book, straightforward Christian guidance in prayer for your children. This book had some of that; there were nuggets of truth in there that I appreciated, but there were other times when my eyebrows almost made it to my hairline. Each chapter is about an area in which you ...more
Feb 16, 2011 Janelle rated it liked it
Read my review on "Praying Wife" to hear my thoughts on the author herself. I found the same writing style reading her next book "Praying Parent" as I did "Praying Wife". In regards to the actual content, these are my thoughts:

I found it much more relevant than her other book as all the prayer points relate to children generally, as opposed to being based on certain aspects of their life, depending on what they are doing/where they are at (which was the case with praying for her husband). That s
Bonita Wise
Aug 29, 2013 Bonita Wise rated it it was amazing
Excellent, Excellent, Excellent book. If you Do Not know how to pray this is the book for you. If You Do know how to pray then this is still the book for you. It covers just about every topic in the area of prayer for a child life's. I find her own personal experiences to be true to some of the same situations I have experienced .The chapter on Praying Through A Childs Room Stormie speaks of her son who has nightmares, only to find there was something in the room that should not have been.... I ...more
As always, I find Stormie Omartian's books both inspirational and humbling. They always inspire me to do more, to pray more and read the Bible more, and I feel humbled by the example of such a prayerful woman, scared by all the things I hadn't thought about, and then very glad that I can leave God in control.

My own little prayers seem quite small and vague in comparison, so I was very glad to see the thorough and Biblical prayers she included in each chapter. Some may seem repetitious, especial
Sep 12, 2010 Brittany rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: women's groups
Recommended to Brittany by: Denise Menefee
My personal bookshelf has a copy of Stormie's "The Power of a Praying Wife" in which I clearly remember laying on the couch reading it, scoffing aloud and hearing my husband laugh at me for talking back at the book.

Stormie has great concepts, but she doesn't have a knack for writing! It's very hard for me to get through her books because they literally go on forever. It's like hearing someone tell you story after story and then telling you the lesson they learned which is always the same.

Jason Grubbs
Jan 28, 2013 Jason Grubbs rated it it was amazing
I have read several books on parenting and have preached many sermons on Biblical parenting. I am the parent of four, including two teens. Lately, I have been feeling more and more dependent on the Lord than ever when it comes to being a parent. I wished I would have felt this way when they were toddlers and would have read this book and prayed more faithfully and intentionally for my children.

This book gives you 30 different ways in which you can pray for your child, including praying for their
Kim Howell
Mar 11, 2016 Kim Howell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A true blessing from beginning to end! Sections range from Securing Protection from Harm to Instilling the Desire to Learn to Finding the Perfect Mate. I still pray the prayers in this book at least once a day for my children (and extended children). I'll randomly flip to a page & pray that prayer, trusting that that's the focus God wants me to pray on for them. It gives me a great sense of peace knowing they're in His loving hands - the best place to be!
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Stormie Omartian is an award-winning bestselling author and speaker who personally connects with readers and listeners by sharing her experiences and illustrating how God transforms lives when we learn to trust in Him.

The strength and transparency of Stormie’s message has driven her books to the top of the bestsellers list. More than 26 million copies have been sold worldwide of her "Power of Pray
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“When we pray, we bring that power to bear upon everything we are praying about, and we allow the power of God to work through our powerlessness. When we pray, we are humbling ourselves before God and saying, “I need Your presence and Your power, Lord. I can’t do this without You.” When we don’t pray, it’s like saying we have no need of anything outside of ourselves.” 1 likes
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