Monday, August 9, 2010
Prayers for Children
Recently, I received 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear: 100 Praise Songs. I was curious if we would like it as well as the other book I reviewed by Stephen Elkins. I pulled out the first cd to listen to. The music was very electronic and my girls didn't really like it. The hard part is that I asked them why and since my oldest daughter is only 6 years old, she couldn't really tell me why--she just knew she didn't like it. I read through the prayers in the book and for the most part the prayers were okay. I liked the 10 Bible Verses about Prayer list in the front of the book. There is a great table of contents in the beginning of the book so you can find your favorite prayers easily.
There were a couple of prayers that were disconcerting to me and are why I wouldn't recommend this book if you are looking for a book about prayer for children. The prayers that concerned me were "The Prayer of Jabez". The book quotes the NKJV of this verse and it says that "The prayer of Jabez pleased God because he prayed for others." p. 52 My last blog entry goes into what the different translations say and so this statement isn't really biblical. Yes, God did answer Jabez's prayer, but it doesn't say why. We don't know.
Another entry is a prayer that is on page 196 "The Prayer of the Twenty-Four Elders". I don't think it's unbiblical, per se, but it just didn't sit with me for some reason. I guess it bothered me. The idea that we praise Jesus because he's worthy--because he has "earned the right" to be praised makes him sound more like a human than the Son of God. I praise the Lord because of who He is. Jesus didn't have to do something so I would love Him. I think it rubbed me the wrong way because we are so caught up in the idea that we should only respect someone if they've earned it--if they deserve our respect. We are so rebellious against authority and are so caught up in pride that it clouds the way we look at things sometimes. I don't think the author meant it this way, but I am so sensitive to this weakness in myself and our society that I seem to pick up on it a lot.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Thomas Nelson.