5 Stars Out Of 5
Grab This Powerful Tool for Praying Moms
March 20, 2014
Fern Nichols' March 2014 release, Mom's Little Book of Powerful Prayers, promises to be a powerful tool in the hands of praying mothers worldwide. As a follow-up to her previous release, Moms in Prayer, Fern gathers countless scriptures and turns them into prayers for just about every topic you can think of, including:
Ã¢â¬Â¢ choosing right from wrong;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ help for struggles with schoolwork;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ learning to control anger;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ guarding against temptation;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ knowing God through His Word;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ praying through the armor or God;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ praying through the qualities of love in 1 Corinthians 13;
Ã¢â¬Â¢ being a witness to the Word of Life; and
Ã¢â¬Â¢ responding to bullying.
Nichols encourages moms to persevere in prayer and to resist the temptation to pray through the topics hastily saying, "Your prayers are powerful and effective; they make a difference. You will never regret the time you invest in prayer. Prayer is a legacy you can give your children that will last forever."
One of the things I most appreciate about Mom's Little Book of Powerful Prayers is Nichols' well-rounded approach. She doesn't just include requests moms can pray for their children. Each prayer topic includes praise, confession and thanks as well as the request. For example, the topic, "Trust God to Be a Refuge" includes Nahum 1:7 as its scripture focus. Nichols then invites the reader to praise God as a refuge and then confess "any tendency to allow uncertainties and problems to overwhelm [her] mind and lead [her] to doubt God's goodness." After that, Nichols encourages the reader to thank God for being a refuge. After praising, confessing and thanking, Nichols then invites moms to pray that their children will find refuge in God in times of trouble, trust Him, and believe His promises.
In addition, there's a wonderful little section at the end of the book, "31 Scripture Blessings for My Children." Nichols encourages moms to speak blessings aloud over their children before school, at a family dinner, or before bedtime. She includes a starter list of 31 blessings, one per day of the month, that can be repeatedÃ¢â¬âor kick start moms into searching the scriptures for more blessings to speak over their children. What a wonderful habit to begin!
I'm grateful to Mrs. Nichols for yet another amazing resource to encourage and fuel moms in their commitment to pray regularly and specifically for their children. Through this book, she equips mothers like me to be better pray-ers standing in the gap for their children.
Many of these scripture-based prayers can be prayed over anyone you care for. Even if you're not a mother or grandmother, but you have loved ones for whom you want to stand in the gap for through prayer, you'll likely find this a great resource. Get a copy from the publisher at www.zondervan.com, through an online bookseller, or through your local bookstore.
*I received a copy of this book through NetGalley for this review. However, the opinions expressed in the review are my own and are not influenced by the receipt of the free book.
About Fern Nichols
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 InternationalÃ¢âÂ¢, 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 InternationalÃ¢âÂ¢ 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.