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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Becoming a Praying Parent - Day 1

Reading this first chapter reminded how much I enjoy Stormie Omartian's writing style. She writes as if she is a friend talking with you over coffee. What a refreshing chapter to read, a good reminded that we do not need to be "perfect parents" just "praying parents." I think too often we compare ourselves to others and want to be that perfect parent, but this is impossible and we are only called to be praying parents and train our children up in the ways of the Lord (Proverbs 22:6). Omartian suggests that when you have any concerns, fears, and worries, which who doesn't in today's world, we need to think of these as the Holy Spirit prompting us to pray and cover our lives and our children's' lives with prayer. My finale take-away point from this chapter is Omartian's definition of prayer is, "prayer is acknowledging and experiencing the presence of God and inviting His presence into our lives and circumstances." I too often fall into the rut of the 'to do' list of prayer and forget the power and purpose of what prayer really is.

Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him for the life of your young child. - Lamentations 2:19

Join me in my daily bible study as I read through The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartain.

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