Will Davis Jr, author of PRAY BIG and PRAY BIG FOR YOUR MARRIAGE, has now composed a prayer instructional guide for parents wanting to step up their prayer lives in terms of both quality and effectiveness. His text is chock-full of interesting anecdotes from his own life and family whereby readers can "see" how real life and real prayer collide in beautiful ways.
Davis opens his work with a stirring true story of a young girl whose panic over school attendance was destroying her and her family. Despite the fact that this Christian family "did all the right things," their child continued to be plagued by irrational fears and was incapacitated. They tried everything they could think of as parents --- changing schools, medication, the works --- but still their daughter suffered mightily. It was only after watching her battle to walk through the doors of her school on one particular morning that her mother heard God impress a life-altering message upon this woman’s heart. Begging God to help the girl "make it" through the day, she sensed Him asking her, "Is this all you want for your daughter?" At this pivotal moment, the mother learned to pray in a completely new (and biblical) way. Immediately she began asking the Lord to bless, favor and strengthen the child --- and God answered.
Davis next lays the foundation of pinpoint praying, and moms and dads will recognize that all too often their prayers are neither effective nor emboldened and don't even please the Lord, for He wants them to come boldly before Him and they expect Him to do great things. Sadly, parents offer broad prayers that lack real courage and passion. Or their cries are too vague, meaning they're fuzzy and have no real meaning; they don't ask anything tangible of God. Finally, another example of a weak prayer is one that is far too safe. These milquetoast entreaties simply require no faith and are risk-free because they don't require God to act.
According to Davis, the remedy is for parents to pray biblically, so they are praying God's Word back to Him. They also must learn to pray specifically, which means that pinpoint prayers know what they want to accomplish. They are short, direct and to the point. The types of prayer that please the Father are bold, they "walk right up to God's throne and plead for his best, for his kingdom, and for his favor in our lives and the lives of our children."
Once parents understand how God desires for them to pray, Davis supplies generous resources on how to pray throughout the day for your child --- how to pray for their spiritual maturity; how to pray for boys to become Godly men; how to pray for girls to become Godly women; how to pray for their children's mission in this world; how to intercede for your child's role models; recognizing the most critical moment in parenting; and praying for children's spiritual inheritance. As if this wasn't enough, Davis closes his excellent text with an appendix full of a month's supply of pinpoint prayers.
Davis’s passionate burden for parents to truly understand how essential it is to develop a regular, consistent and systematic prayer life for their children reads through on every page. Readers will find themselves not merely observant, casual bystanders, but they will soon catch Davis's enthusiastic vision and want to learn more about what God has to say on this divine communication/intercession program.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on February 1, 2009