Guest Blogger: Jason Helopoulos

As they mature and leave the home
Provide them adequate finances, but not riches
spouses who will love them, but not worship them
Give them sorrows, but not too deep
struggles, but not too great
Make them seasoned, but not hopeless
comfortable in their own skin, but not vain
zealous, but equally wise
knowledgeable, but filled with humility
content, but continually striving
Allow them to be confident, but not cocky
humble, but not sheepish
gracious, but not fearful
Mature their body in strength
their emotions with sophistication
and their imaginations with grounding
Fill their lungs with deep laughter
and their souls with joy

But even as I pray these things,
there is one prayer that soars above the rest
Bestow upon them your grace
Lavish them with your mercy
Drench them with your love
Give them the gift of faith
Satiate all their appetites with you
Fill them with your Holy Spirit
Set them apart for your holy service
Bring them into union with Christ
Let their hearts know a peace that surpasses understanding
Grant that my children would be Your children

That would make this child exceedingly thankful
Hear my prayer, O Father of mercy and grace

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7 thoughts on “A Prayer for Our Growing Children”

  1. This is just an awesome post.
    Paul says “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound”
    “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
    We should all learn these words and how to apply them in our lives.
    Jesus says “be wise as serpents and harmless as dove”
    Another great aspect to carry in our day to day lives
    Great guess post and God bless

  2. anaquaduck says:

    I had a beard once & my son would make one when he got to have a bubble bath. In another five years or so he may get to grow his own.I was just thinking the serenity prayer could be a chorus between the requests if it were a song.

  3. Sandy Grant says:

    Jason, great prayer, cutting and pasting for my PrayerMate App.

    One small addition I would suggest after the petition for spouses is this:
    “Or contentment, with deep friendship, in singleness”.

    Even if we view marriage as the great goal for our kids (which I am not convinced about in quite those terms), some will remain single for a variety of reasons, and in that case, contentment seems like an important summary of what you might request in such eventuality.

  4. Jason Helopoulos says:

    Sandy, great point.

  5. Roy Bebee says:

    Love the prayer for our children. Creative and hits major issues that we need to be concerned with as we pray for our kids and grandchildren!! THANKS!

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