Each chapter discusses a particular area of need in an adult’s life (wisdom, bad influences, relationships, etc.) followed by a written out prayer and Scripture verses relevant to the topic. I don’t know how you feel about written prayers. I find the Holy Spirit using them to direct my mind to things I could easily miss in the chaos of the moment. And then as I read the Scriptures, I can pray them for each of my kids individually.
Omartian’s prayers start with me--asking God to teach me to pray for my adult kids, guiding me through handing over my worry, and asking forgiveness for the ways I may have failed as a parent. It also guides me in forgiving them for the ways they have hurt or disappointed me, because, much as we may hate to admit it, those hurts and failures are there in every family.
The second prayer asks that God would pour out his Spirit not only on my kids, but on their spouses and on their in-laws. Their in-laws? How often have I prayed for them? Yes, when there was a special need for health, comfort or safe travel, but to consistently pray that God would pour out his Spirit on these other family members of my adult children never crossed my mind, yet how it would enrich their marriages.
See why I like this book so much? It’s the specifics that Omartian brings up and reminds me to bring before the Lord.
“I pray my adult child will never grieve your Holy Spirit (Ephesians 4:30) but will receive him as a gift from you (Luke 11:13). Fill my adult children with your Spirit and pour into them your peace, hope, faith, truth, and power. Let a spirit of praise arise in their hearts and teach them to worship you in spirit and in truth.”
Stormie Omartian has also written books on praying for younger children and for your marriage. (I’m working through that one right now.) But if you have adult children and you want to see God at work in their lives, I heartily recommend this book. You can buy a separate volume of just the prayers, but I preferred to write them out so I could change the impersonal “my adult child” and “him/her” to my daughter’s names and adapt to our family situation.
I'd love to hear your comments if you too have read this book.