Friday, June 10, 2011

This Little Prayer of Mine by Anthony DeStefano

Recommendation: Not Recommended

Children, like all of us, need to be taught how to pray and we are given Biblical examples and models to help us grow in this spiritual discipline. I felt like this book sometimes fell short of providing an excellent model for prayer. Just because our children are young, does not mean they cannot pray meaningful prayers and learn how to talk with and build a relationship with God the Father.

Positives: Part of the prayer asks for wisdom to follow the path of obedience, also a request for when there is a feeling of loneliness to be reminded that God is near.  Thankfulness is also addressed in the prayer.

Negatives: Overall the prayer was very self-centered. It does not reflect on the character of God. When the child expresses thankfulness, it is mostly for material, earthly things, with a gratefulness for God's love tacked on the end. When the child is fearful he asks for bravery to face his fears, not to trust in an all-powerful God.

Talking Points: Take your child to Matthew 6:5-15 and talk about how Jesus instructed us to pray. Help your child see that this is a model, an example that we are to use, not words that we are to repeat. Prayer is our way to communicate with our heavenly Father and we are to express our hearts to Him. Part of that is to express our adoration and worship of a good, loving, all-powerful, merciful and just God. We are to be thankful for who He is, not just for what He gives us on earth. The Psalms are also an excellent source of ideas for prayers. Psalm 56 talks about how we are to respond to fear. Psalm 86 contains a prayer to be taught the ways of God. HERE and HERE are some additional resources to help you.

Age Level: 2-5 years of age

I received this book for free fromWaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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