I found this prayer and another like it recently. It is a good tool for focusing concretely on the life God has for your children and on what each of us as parents can see is pulling them away from that life. Although one of the elements suggests that it is intended for young children, it can be modified easily for older or adult children. Indeed, it is possible that the Blessed Mother herself prays this for us (“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.”/”Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae.”) Think about that. Wow! The source is here (you will have to scroll down quite a bit; search for the word ‘hinder’).
1. Pray that NOTHING hinders your child from accepting Christ as his or her Savior early in life. (Mt. 19:14).
2. Pray that your child learns to know God and to have a deep desire to do His will throughout his or her life. (Ps 119:27, 30, 34, 35).
3. Pray that your child hears stories from the Bible that will be a basis for decisions throughout his or her life. (Eccl.12:1; Ps 71:17).
4. Pray that your child will develop a keen sense of right and wrong and that he or she will truly abhor evil and cling to that which is good. (Ps 139:23-24).
5. Pray that your child will increase in wisdom (mentally) and in stature (physically) and in favor with God (spiritually) and man (socially). (Luke 2:52). This prayer covers the total development of his or her full potential.
6. Pray that your child will develop a thankful heart and a positive mental attitude. (Ps 126:2-3; Rom 8:31).
7. Pray that God will protect your child from Satan and his wiles in every area of his or her life. (John 17:15; Ps 121).
8. Pray that God destroy the enemies in his or her life whether they be lying, laziness, selfishness, etc. (Ps 120, Ps 140).
9. Pray that God would make him or her successful in the work God has set for him or her to do. (Ps 118:25; Ps 139:9-10).
10. Pray that he or she develops a strong sense of belonging to a family that is loving an dwells together in unity. (Ps 133; Col 3:12-14).
11. Pray that he or she will respect authority. (Rom 13:1; Eph 6:1-4).
12. Pray that his or her entire life will be a testament to the greatness and love of Christ. (Philippians 2:15-16; 1 Thess 5:2-3).
This structure is effective because it focuses on specific struggles and challenges that each child faces. Better discernment leads to better prayer — the temptation to multiply vague generalities is weakened and the prayer becomes a better acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty over the nitty-gritty. Try it and you’ll see.
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