|Pray Big for Your Child by Will Davis Jr.|
Book Review: Pray Big for Your Child by Will Davis Jr.
Learning to Pray Big
Praying Pin-Point Prayers
Will Davis encourages us to pray specific pin-point prayers for our children. Davis tells us in Part 1 that
“Pinpoint prayers, as opposed to no-point prayers, have clear purpose, direction, and focus. They’re the kind of prayers that honor God the most, and they’re the kind that you and I want to be praying for our children.“
Davis outlines the principles of Biblical, specific, and bold prayers for our children. He compares a parent’s pinpoint prayer to a child who is asking for Santa for very specific gifts. Pray Big for Your Child reminds readers that broad, general prayers aren’t wrong, but bold specific prayers are most effective. Parents are encouraged to pray with the faith of a child and to ask God to show them how to pray for their child.
Big, Hairy, Audacious Prayers
Davis loves it when parents pray BHAP prayers, Big, Hairy, Audacious Prayers for their children. he teaches
parents how to do this in chapter 3. He outlines the principles of BHAP prayers as God-centered, based on a vision, biblical, and non-manipulated.
In chapter 3 of part 1, Will Davis Jr. gives parents a little homework assignment. He instructs parents to make a list of pinpoint, big, hairy, audacious prayers they wish to pray for their children. Then, he tells parents to search the Bible for specific scriptures to support each prayer.
Pray Big for Your Child: Part 2
Chapter 4 teaches parents how to pray for their child’s future spouse and his or her family.
Chapters 5 – 6
Davis continues to guide parents through the principles of praying through a child’s daily life. He teaches parents how to pray for their child’s protection, education and relationships. Davis outlines the importance of praying for your child to develop Godly friends. Davis says to his readers,
“It’s scary to think about, but there will be times when your child’s friends will actually have more influence on your child’s decisions than you do, and a bad influence can easily lead an otherwise moral kid astray.“
Davis teaches parents how to pray for their children’s spiritual maturity. Parents are encouraged to pray that their children will love God, love His Word (the Bible) and love to pray. Parents should pray that their children will love to worship God and that they will use their God-given gifts to serve God in their place of worship.
In chapter 7 of Pray Big for Your Child, Davis teaches parents how to pray for the man their sons will become. This chapters stresses the importance of Christian Community. Our kids are tempted in ways we never dreamed of when we were younger. Davis teaches parents to pray that their sons will be surrounded by Godly men and form a community of accountability. Davis reminds parents that they should model Godly relationships. If parents don’t think it is important to be part of a community of Godly relationships, chances are that their kids won’t value those relationships when they reach adulthood. In chapter 7, Davis also emphasizes the importance of modeling and teaching children to be good leaders.Chapter 8Chapter 8 teaches parents how to pray for the women our daughters will become. We learn to pray that our daughters will love and respect themselves and that they will place Jesus first in their lives. Davis teaches parents how to pray that their daughters will know they are holy creations.Chapter 9
In chapter 9, we learn to pray for our children’s mission. God created each one of our children for a specific purpose. Parents learn to pray that our children will recognize God’s vision for their lives and that they will recognize their roles. One pin-point prayer, amongst others, is that our children will realize their purpose through serving others.
I fear I may have already given too much information so let me summarize Part 3 by saying that this last section focuses on teaching parents to let go and allow God to complete his purposes through our children. Parents learn to pray for other people who will impact our children’s lives. We learn to pray pin-point prayers for our kids, those around them and their spiritual inheritance.
At the end of this book, Davis offers parents a 30 Day prayer guide which covers our children’s hearts, souls, minds, and their strength.
I found this book helpful and I hope you will as well. I highlighted specific areas throughout the book and plan to use it as a daily guide which will show me daily how to pray specific, powerful, pin-point prayers for my children and others.