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The Power of a Praying Parent

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  5,144 ratings  ·  281 reviews
Stormie Omartian's bestselling The Power of a Praying series (more than 23 million copies sold) is rereleased with fresh new covers and new material to reach a still-growing market of readers eager to discover the power of prayer for their lives.

After 20 years of raising her son and daughter alongside her husband, Michael, Stormie looks back at the trials and joys of paren
Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers (first published July 1st 1995)
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Dec 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 Nelson
Mar 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Danielle Johnson
This book is a valuable tool for all parents who desire the best for their children. Having the best means being a child of God. Each of the 30 chapters in this book by Stormie Omartian is a different prayer topic and includes prayers and Bible verses. This is the second time that I have read The Power of a Praying Parent and will turn to it again and again.
Amy Walker
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eleanor Hoppe
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Camille Maio
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book full of suggestions, support, comfort, and detailed prayers. I prayed for each of my children by name after the chapters and felt a great sense of peace. I will definitely read more from this author.
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
Feb 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Linda Sedillo
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I would strongly recommend this book to all parents. It contains amazing prayers on everything we should be praying for our children. Sometimes we forget God wants us to pray for every single thing in our children's lives. I am extremely grateful to have read this book.
Jan 13, 2015 marked it as to-read
Shelves: own, christian
Referred to me by COL Green, I Corps Commanding Chaplain.
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Great resource for ideas on how to pray for one's child/children, and written sample prayers included a lot of Scripture. Like "The Power of a Praying Wife," this book actually made me pray which is always good for a book about praying.

Unlike "The Power of a Praying Wife," this book meandered more into some storytelling, contained several very emphatic statements with no support and a few name-it-claim-it type statements, and had one chapter/prayer topic that didn't have a clear Biblical foundat
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2013 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
Sara Hollar
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 hav
Amanda Cummings
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky Giovagnoni
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.
Jessie Rycenga
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I didn't grow up in a Christian home and once my father became a Christian, we didn't really pray out loud or with each other. This book really gave me such a great foundation for praying for my kids and gave me such amazing ways to pray for them that I hadn't even thought about. I read this book on repeat constantly, praying the prayers over my kids. It's an easy read and never gets old.
Karen L.
Apr 24, 2008 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!
Sep 19, 2011 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.
Sep 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 12, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Apr 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my second time reading this book. I read a chapter a day and really felt empowered after praying each prayer. I highly recommend this book for parents.
Jennifer Baker
Jul 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Incredible tool for parents.
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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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