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A couple Sundays ago, I was sitting in on one of my father-in-law's sermons. He was talking about the formative years of teaching our children to pray and about how "boxed" prayers (i.e. "Now I lay me down to sleep..") lay out the foundation and structure of what prayer should look like. The Lord's Prayer is a great example of this and is, in fact, how we're encouraged to pray. But eventually our prayers develop into something deeper and more personal the more we begin to understand the importance and power of prayer.
I was so grateful when I was given the opportunity to review The ICB Prayer Bible. Prayer has been somewhat of struggle for me when it comes to teaching my kids. Mainly because I would shy away from boxed prayers.
I didn't want to encourage vain repetition yet I underplayed the importance of laying a foundation in terms my little ones could grasp. Now I know that as they get older and begin to comprehend more, I can wean them from the milk and introduce them to the solid portion of prayer.
My eldest is at that stage where we're weaning her. I really wanted to see how The ICB Prayer Bible would help her as she transitions into and develops into her own little prayer warrior. I'm encouraged so far. Let's take a closer look so you can see what this new Bible is all about.
One of the things I really like about this Bible is the fact that it's the ICB version. ICB stands for International Children's Bible and that's exactly who it's written for...children! It's very readable and easy to understand whether they're reading it themselves or it's being read to them. But what sets this one apart? Because, I mean, you can get an ICB version anywhere...
Not Just Boxed Prayers
What attracted me to The ICB Prayer Bible was it's emphasis on prayer. That's a big "selling point" for me because, as I mentioned, it's something we're working with our kids on. But what I really like about it is that it's not just a bunch of "boxed" prayers. This Bible actually goes deeper into the who's, whats, whys, and, hows of prayer.
Encourages A Prayer Mindset
The pages encourage children to express their emotions and address their struggles through prayer. Though it does give prayers that they can pray, it gives references to scripture and encourages them to pray in alignment with the Word...which I LOVE!
There are also prayers addressing different topics or issues a child may have. For example, there's a prayer for taming your tongue or using kind words, a prayer of defense against negative thought, a prayer for when they're feeling insecure, and many more.
What I love about this is that it encourages them to turn to prayer in instances when they're feeling or experiencing something outside of what Yah would have for them. It gives them something to reference and turn to for direction in those moments when they may be struggling. It's essentially training them to develop a mindset of prayer and guiding them to do so independently.
Looks At Prayer In Scripture
Another awesome feature is the prayer articles scattered throughout the Bible. These articles give a deeper look into instances where prayer is utilized in scripture. For example, an article called "The Quest" references Psalm 63. It talks about how King David prayed for Yah's presence out of a wholehearted desire to be closer to Him. At the end of the articles, it gives prayer pointers. This particular article encourages them on how they too can pray and seek Yah with all their heart.
As I was flipping through I noticed that there were random areas of text highlighted in red. These highlighted areas are actually referred to as key highlighted verses of faith. They're verses that encourage you to live a good life and share Yah's love with others. I think this is important for a child whose still becoming familiar with scripture because it highlights areas that can be applied to everyday life.
Answers The Tough Questions
One of my favorite features of The ICB Prayer Bible is the kid's Q&A sections. I love that it addresses questions that a lot of kids (and even adults!) have when it comes to prayer. Here are just a few questions that are addressed:
These are really great questions and I found myself flipping through the Q&A sections just to read the answers. I'm so glad they included this feature because I believe it's SO critical in laying a strong payer foundation. Having these pertinent questions answered gives them greater insight into the power of prayer and (more importantly) the power of their God.
Honestly, I could go on and on. There's just so much that I love about this Bible and I'm so glad I got the chance to review it. I'm already planning on buying one for all of my kids because I want them each to have their own.
Did I mention that it comes with a matching prayer journal? This was an added bonus for me because the Bible is awesome in and of itself. But it's nice that they have a special place to apply the things they learn about prayer. Of course, my daughter loves journals so she was all about that!
Overall, The ICB Prayer Bible was a huge win for us! I'm grateful to have this additional tool to help encourage my children to pray on their own, as well as, encourage them to read His word!
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Until next time, Be Encouraged!
Do you have tips for encouraging kids to pray on their own? Share them in the comments below!
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Hi there! My name is Brittany..help meet to T.J. and mom to 5 little blessings. My passion lies in helping other women to see their value through the eyes of their creator. Be Encouraged...YOU are a Good Thing!