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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Moms in Prayer
What principles enabled the concerned mom of two junior high school students to move from deciding she needed to pray for her kids at school to becoming the founder of a worldwide prayer movement called Moms In Touch International? Fern Nichols is a passionate believer in the power of prayer. She knows that a regular habit of prayer can change things--can bring home wayward children, heal broken marriages, and provide answers to desperate situations. Prayer can also bring a new kind of peace and contentment no matter what hardships or disappointments we face. But most important, Fern knows that through prayer we can experience, firsthand, an ever-increasing intimacy with God. In Every Child Needs a Praying Mom, Fern Nichols now shares how she has taught women to pray in a way that changes their lives and the lives of those they love. She teaches the principles and practices that will not only revolutionize the way people think about prayer, but the way they do pray, leading them into a deeper intimacy with Jesus, who is always interceding on our behalf. Sparkling with real life stories of God at work in the lives of praying moms, Fern introduces us to the four prayers that are the foundation of the Moms In Touch approach to prayer: Praise--Praying according to the attributes of God; Confession--Breaking strongholds; Thanksgiving--Expressing a grateful heart; Intercession--Standing in the gap with Jesus. What transforms these well-known elements of prayer into such a powerful force in Moms In Touch International? Fern Nichols introduces a way of praying that energizes, creates an appetite for intimacy with God, overcomes spiritual paralysis, eliminates fear, unveils the heart and character of God and transforms the pray-ers life and perspective. She teaches how to pray effectively with others, how to prepare for the spiritual battles that swirl when prayer is on the move, how to persist in prayer in the face of hopelessness and despair, and how to use Scripture for effective prayer. Changing Your World through Prayer will do just that. God hears. God acts. God moves. God works.
Fern Nichols, married to Rle Nichols, is the mother of four married children and eight grandchildren. She is a former elementary teacher and the founder of Moms in Prayer International, a prayer movement that has touched thousands of women throughout the world. Since its inception, Moms in Prayer groups have spread to every state and to more than 135 countries. Translated into more than 50 languages, more than 525,000 Moms in Prayer International booklets have been sold. A frequent guest on Focus on the Family, Fern has also appeared on the Truth That Transforms and Family Life Today.
Janet Kobobel Grant is the collaborator with Fern Nichols of Every Child Needs a Praying Mom and the author of several Women of Faith Bible studies. She lives with her husband in Santa Rosa, California.
God longs to hear from us, writes Fern Nichols. This book was written to boost the readers confidence and ability to pray. Nichols wants the readers to believe deeply and fervently that their prayers are a most important contribution to their childrens lives. According to this book, God has given each person a prayer like a song that only that person can sing.
Nichols urges the reader to pray confidently. She explains clearly how to become a Christian through personal prayer. She claims that a Christian is given immediate access to Gods ear. Instructions are given in the book to ground the reader in effective prayer that touches aspects such as praise, confession, and thanks. There are also highlights and outlined instructions which motivate the reader to establish plans for prayer in consistent circumstances or surroundings. Nichols appears to have been a well-educated, Biblically-grounded mother when she founded the international organization, Moms In Touch, through Gods provisions.
The most important aspect of prayer is praise. The author instructs the use of four aspects of prayer which she calls four steps of prayer. Before I instituted the idea of using the four steps of prayer into my quiet time, my prayers consisted mostly of confessions and requests. But now I start with praise. As a result, I continue to learn more about Him, experiencing a wonderful awareness of His loving presence. This is Nichols primary point in Every Child Needs a Praying Mom. She quotes Psalm 115:1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. The more intercessors praise God, the more they learn about Him. This makes an intercessors relationship with God become more personal, and their prayers more trustful.
Written primarily for the lay person, one without any university or ministry training, the book presents principles in simple language. This may mislead the reader in ministry to overlook the depth of this book. The voice of this book appeals to a normal mother with concerns for others and a hunger for prayer. This target audience is successfully addressed. Nonetheless, a professional in ministry or teaching would very well benefit from this material. Its applications are practical and simply described. Some may not admire this book because of its lack of a specific church emphasis or familiar ministry, however, it is focused on the instruction of prayer enrichment with no underlying motive or hidden agenda.
This book is extremely relevant to today, as President George W. Bush is asking for prayer for the safety of this country, his office, and family. Prayer is currently needed for the safety of our nations soldiers that are in far countries fighting for our security. Surely this book is needed now for this appointed time when large as well as personal, earthly, and spiritual battles are prominent and current. This book is invaluable! Kate Fausak, Christian Book Previews.com
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