Day 25 - Praying for us as Parents

DAY 25 - PRAYING FOR US AS PARENTS

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Father God,

Our greatest role as parents is to lead our children into knowing You.  May we impress Your commandments on their hearts.  May we talk about them when we sit at home, when we walk along the road, when we lie down and when we get up, so that the days of our children may be many and they will be blessed.  (Deuteronomy 11:16-21)


As parents, show us how and when to discipline.  You have said that he who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.  (Proverbs 13:24)  May we love our children enough to discipline them even when it seems difficult.  Discipline is not fun and it requires a lot of energy and perseverance.  Endow us with the wisdom, strength, energy and perseverance to stay the course of discipline.  For in the end, we, as parents, will receive  peace and delight in our souls.  (Proverbs 29:17)


Grant us patience so that our discipline may be in keeping with You, full of mercy, love, compassion and grace.  May we not be cruel, abusive or critical.  May our goal be to build up rather than to tear down.  Teach us how to communicate and understand each child in their own special way.    


Teach us to be mindful of the needs of our children.  May we not be distanced or uninterested.  May we also not be overly protective so as not to give them a chance to learn and grow.  May we remember that whatever is going on in their lives, they are first and foremost Your children and that Your desires for them are always better than what we could ask or imagine.  (1 Corinthians 2:9)  


May we always remember to be thankful for our children, no matter how difficult parenting may seem to be.  May we cherish each stage of their lives, standing in awe at the way You create and the cycles of life You bring forth.  May we remember that children are a heritage and a blessing from You.  (Psalm 127:3-5)  May we seek to be good stewards of the children You have blessed and entrusted us to raise.

© margaret young