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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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A Prayer for Prodigals and their Parents

posted by Mark Herringshaw

“All your sons and daughters will be taught by the Lord; and great will be your children’s peace” Isaiah 54:13. I have a friend whose child is wandering into dangerous places. There is no deeper pain than for a parent […]

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A Parents’ Prayer for the Safety of our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brent and Kelly King of San Diego, California are living every parent’s nightmare. On Tuesday searchers found the body of their 17 year old daughter, Chelsea. She had been raped and then murdered. The following day police arrested John Albert […]

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Distinguishing Faith from Stupidity: Parents, Pediatricians, Prayer, and Sick Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Joke with a point: A man falls off a 1,000 foot cliff but grabs the one tree branch available. Holding on for dear life he calls out, “God, save me!” In short order, a rope from the top of the […]

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“Hope Takes a Miracle – Ask for it!”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

If you’re anything of a sports fan, then you know the feeling. Your team is down and time is running out. Anxiety and doom begin to settle over everyone. And then, strangely, through some subtle shift in the air, a […]

Adultery Doesn’t Work: Ask the Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Yesterday afternoon Angela, an articulate and talented thirteen year-old sat in my office trying to make sense of the train wreck that had blown apart her family. I don’t think I helped much. Help will take a miracle, but then […]

Prayers for our Children’s Education

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we’ve been posting one prayer for our children and their education. They have just begun school and this is a great time to send them off with our blessing. God cares about our children and their […]

Prayer in a Dangerous Place

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The world is a dangerous place, and try as we might, we cannot shield or children from every potential disaster. While God does not promise to take our children out of this dangerous world, he does promise to protect them […]

A Prayer for the School Board

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education. They need our spiritual blessings. Here’s the prayer for today: God, you not only give wisdom to leaders, you are Wisdom itself! Give the […]

A Prayer for Small Things

posted by Mark Herringshaw

It’s Saturday and the last thing our kids want to think about today is school. But as parents were always on duty and our need to prayer and their need for prayer never ends. Each day this month we are […]

Prayer for Schools to be Havens of Truth

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Our schools teach knowledge. But learning wisdom and learning truth means more than mastering facts and information. Here’s a prayer that our schools would be havens of true knowledge, the knowledge of God. Even in public schools which can not […]

A Prayer for the Financial Resources to Educate our Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Here’s a prayer for school finances. Nothing happens in this world without resources, but God is the source of everything. Let’s ask!    Lord, […]

A Prayer for Teachers and their Families

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Here’s a prayer for teachers. There’s no more challenging or more important job than teaching children. It’s vital and yet impossible, and without God’s […]

An “Inside Job” Miracle

posted by Mark Herringshaw

One of those days…  My 12 year old son called us from school saying he had a strange pain.  He’d been complaining about this for a few days, but now it was worse, and, he said, unbearable.  The appearance of […]

Books about Praying for Kids

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Interested in learning more about praying for your kids? Here’s a brief bibliograghy of recent books on the subject:   Every Child Needs a Praying Mom by Janet Kobobel Grant and Fern Nichols. (Zondervan, August 2003). In this excellent how-to-pray […]

Prayer When our Children are Away for us

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education. They need our spiritual blessings. Here’s the prayer for today:   Father we trust you to take care of our students when they are […]

Parenting is a Setup for Failure… and Faith

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann admits her limitation as a parent in the following, a project she and I developed to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Jennifer and I have also written two books together, Six Prayers God Always Answers, […]

Adverbs of Prayer

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The world is a dangerous place; but God is good and able.  This is “why” every parent must pray.  The second question arises: “How should every parent pray?” A few years ago someone shared with me the “adverbs of prayer.” […]

A Prayer for Teachers

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Imagine the power of hundreds and thousands of us praying together for schools.  Even if you don’t have children yourself, you have some children […]

Prayer for a Positive Environment in our School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

While we were doing research for our books, Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks, Jennifer Schuchmann and I developed a project to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Here’s the third of 30 simple prayers […]

When I Fear for my Child’s Safety… I Can Pray Yet Again…

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I do my best to raise my children. Is my best ever good enough? Honestly, good is never enough! There has to be something more! Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann faces the sobering truth: she could never perfectly protect her son.  […]

When I Fear for my Child’s Safety… I Can Pray!

posted by Mark Herringshaw

What else can I do for my child?  Is my best ever enough? Writer and speaker Jennifer Schuchmann faces the sobering truth: she could never perfectly protect her son.  Jennifer wrote the following for a project she and I developed […]

A Prayer for the Challenges Students Face

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Each day this month we are offering one prayer for one aspect of our children’s education.  Imagine the power of hundreds and thousands of us praying together for schools.  Even if you don’t have children yourself, you have some children […]

Prayer – a Vaccination against Fear

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Praying for and with our children is the only sure formula for raising fear-resistant kids — kids with real faith. There’s a Biblical precedent for this in the New Testament story that played out in the life of a young […]

Peace for Paranoid Parents ii

posted by Mark Herringshaw

In 1998 Newsweek ran a cover story titled “DO PARENTS MATTER?” prompted by the release of a controversial book by Judith Harris called The Nurture Assumption. Harris attempted to show that parents’ behavior toward children – for better or worse […]

A Prayer for Those who Teach our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

While we were doing research for our books, Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks, Jennifer Schuchmann and I developed a project to help parents pray for their school-aged children. Here’s the third of 30 simple prayers […]

“Sabbath Prayer” From “Fiddler on the Roof”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The song “Sabbath Prayer” in the Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof (book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem) gives a wonderful model for blessing our daughters. Here […]

A Prayer for the Adults Who Influence our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A couple years ago Jennifer Schuchmann and I – we co-author Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks – worked on a project to help parents pray for their schoolaged children. Here’s the second of 30 simple […]

Previous Posts

A Prayer for Victims of PTSD
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. (Psalm 32:8) The Lord is well aware of our need for compassionate eye contact. Looking into the eyes of a fearless person has power to ...

posted 12:44:13pm May. 21, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Promote Peaceful Plans
"Joy fills hearts that are planning peace!" Proverbs 16:20  "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 What are you plans ...

posted 11:12:52am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

A Gardening Tip from the Bible
May the nations praise you, O God.     Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests,     and God, our God, will richly bless us. (Psalm 67:5,6) We have a large garden that yields us great fruit (and ...

posted 11:47:32am May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Goal Setting
Let love be your highest goal!   1 Corinthians 14:1 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it. Luke 10:42 Prioritization is a big deal. We spend big bucks on books that help us align our values and purposes ...

posted 11:00:32am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for Small Beginnings
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin...” Zechariah 4:10 If you can't move your mountain today, you can at least move your molehill. What do you have faith for today? Do you need a million ...

posted 11:20:17am May. 13, 2015 | read full post »

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