In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m posting a prayer I wrote for my three kids several years ago. Enjoy, and feel free to share it with other moms and grandmas!
If I focus on the state of the world around me…
I could wring my hands in despair.
Instead, I will pray to You—the true and living God.
My children are growing up in this tainted, suffering world.
Their only hope is that You govern every aspect of their lives…
Thank You for loving them more than I ever could.
I trust You to develop in them character qualities that honor You…
Fear of the Lord.
Thank You for having a special purpose for my children’s lives.
Please teach them Your ways so they will…
Hunger and thirst for righteousness
Treasure Your commandments
Say no to temptation
See others through Your eyes
Serve others as Christ did
Recognize that their strength comes from You.
Thank You that Your plans are to give them a future and a hope.
As they grow up, please fulfill Your promises to…
Satisfy their spiritual hunger
Make them shine as lights in the darkness
Give them peace and add years of life
Grant them favor and a good reputation in Your sight and the sight of man
Cause their lives to prosper and bear fruit
Know the joy that comes from serving You first, others next, themselves last.
Hear this prayer for my children, dear Father.
Please give them pure hearts so they might…
Know You intimately
Cling to You
And love You
Because You loved them first.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
© Grace Fox 2011
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Grace Fox is an international speaker at women’s events and the author of four books including 10-Minute Time Outs for Moms, 10-Minute Time Outs for You and Your Kids, and 10-Minute Time Outs for Busy Women. Her fourth book, Moving from Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation, now has an accompanying 7-part teaching DVD and Bible study guide complete with leaders’ notes. Ideal for small groups!