Let’s pray for our children
Bermuda’s children are the focus of a prayer group set to launch next month.
Parents Pray Bermuda was created by Prayer for Change ministry, which launched as a quarterly in-person prayer meeting in February 2020 but transitioned to Zoom after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
“Parents Pray Bermuda is a continuation of the Prayer for Change movement that we started last year,” said organiser Shanay Scott. “I asked God what was next and I was led to a book that I had started but never finished. The book is called The Power of A Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian. After I picked it back up, I wondered if others were interested in praying for their children.”
She decided to start a prayer ministry around the fundamentals outlined in the book.
“For the month of October, we will read the book. There are 31 chapters in the book, so we will aim to read one chapter each day. We have created a Facebook page to share notes and reflections daily,” she said.
She also plans to host a daily 15-minute prayer meeting on Zoom. The theme will vary based on the chapter of the book.
“The sessions will be about 15 minutes long and different people will lead each one. There is no pressure for people to pray, you can join and listen in or pray silently to yourself. The main thing is to get people together to encourage praying for our children, without judgement,” she said.
“We are coming together to pray for our children because we love them and want the best for them. We will also be praying for each other and creating a faith-based community to navigate parenting challenges together.”
The single mother has found prayer to be a valuable resource in her parenting journey and believes it is something other parents could also benefit from.
“I think back to my mother praying for me and how those prayers impacted my life,” she said. “I know for a fact that she prayed for me a lot. And now as a parent myself, I have made praying for my child a priority. I know that there have been situations where I had no clue what to do as single parent of a son. But the prayers I have prayed have been answered, above and beyond my expectations.
“They are not always lengthy prayers, but God comes through every time. This brings a peace and calm for me because I know that even when I don’t have the answers, I can take it to God in prayer.”
• Follow Parents Pray Bermuda on Facebook. The Power of a Praying Parent is available at Sacred Faith Inspired Gifts in Hamilton