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Prayer, Plain and Simple

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Praying for “See You at the Pole”

posted by Mark Herringshaw

At this very moment over two million students across America and overseas are gathering around the flagpole of their schools to pray and ask God to bring moral and spiritual awakening to their campuses. They call it “See You At […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Peace for a Paranoid Parent

posted by Mark Herringshaw

I admit it, I am a paranoid parent, and a horror story like the kidnapping and 18 year imprisonment of Jaycee Lee Dugard only feeds those fears. By now we know the abominable details: a beautiful 11 year girl was […]

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 […]

A Hebrew Blessing for Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For thousands of years Jews have honored the command God gave them to set aside the Sabbath, the seventh day, as a time for rest, relationship, and worship. One of the most meaningful Sabbath traditions is the blessing over the children […]

Jesus Blessed Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

And what does Jesus think of children?   “One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening, he […]

A Prayer for School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

A couple years ago I worked with Jennifer Schuchmann – my co-author in Six Prayers God Always Answers, and Nine Ways God Always Speaks – on a project to help parents pray for their children in school. One of our […]

Praying Back to School

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My 12 year old son Michael began middle school today. It was a big day for him, and for Jill and me, his parents. By all accounts Michael had an awesome and carefree summer: little league baseball with his friends, […]

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It's a Wonder-filled Life
No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety. Psalm 16:9 My heart is confident in you, O God; my heart is confident. No wonder I can sing your praises! Psalm 57:7 Yes, you have been with me from birth; from my mother’s ...

posted 10:50:50am Apr. 23, 2015 | read full post »

Shut Up Or Shout
“Do not even talk,” Joshua commanded. “Not a single word from any of you until I tell you to shout. Then shout!” Joshua 6:10 “Be still, and know that I am God!" Psalm 46:10 The Israelites had messed up God's plan and suffered the ...

posted 1:10:57pm Apr. 22, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Win the Race
"...Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects ...

posted 11:11:33am Apr. 21, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer to Stop Judging
"Even if I have sinned, that is my concern, not yours. You think you're better than I am..." ~ Job (Job 19:4,5) “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged." ~Jesus (Matt. 7:1) "God alone, who gave the law, is the Judge. He alone has ...

posted 3:46:41pm Apr. 17, 2015 | read full post »

A Prayer for An Extraordinary Life
"And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ." ~Paul (1 Corinthians 11:1) Often we look at the apostles in Scripture and wonder at their strength, productivity, diligence and power. We sigh and say, "No wonder they were able to move ...

posted 2:33:00pm Apr. 16, 2015 | read full post »

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