Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
(Isaiah 45:8; 2 Timothy 2:10)
|2 growth in grace
I pray that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
(2 Peter 3:18)
Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love through the Spirit who dwells in them.
(Ephesians 5:2; Galatians 5:22)
|4 honesty and integrity
May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.
Father, help my children to be like many others around them, but let them be “alert and self-controlled” in all they do.
(1 Thessalonians 5:6)
|6 a love for God‘s Word
May my children grow to find Your Word “more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.”
God, help my children to love justice as You do and to “act justly” in all they do.
May my children always “be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful.”
|9 respect (for self, others, authority)
Father, grant that my children may “show proper respect to everyone,” as Your Word commands.
(1 Peter 2:17)
|10 strong, biblical self-esteem
Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.”
“Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children],” but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.
|12 a passion for God
Lord, please instill in my children a soul with a craving for You, a heart that clings passionately to You.
Grant that my children may learn responsibility, “for each one should carry his own load.”
Lord, may my children “always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Grant that my children may “be generous and willing to share [and so] lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.”
(1 Timothy 6:18-19)
|16 peace, peaceability
Father, let my children “make every effort to do what leads to peace.”
May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to “run with perseverance the race marked out for [them].”
Lord, please cultivate in my children the ability to “show true humility toward all.”
Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.
“Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
Father, teach my children “the secret of being content in any and every situation…through him who gives [them] strength.”
I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.
(Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40)
|24 a servant heart
Lord, please help my children develop servant hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly “as if [they] were serving the Lord, not men.”
“Create in [them] a pure heart, O God,” and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions.
|26 a willingness and ability to work hard
Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, “as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may acquire “a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.”
|28 a heart for missions
Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples.
May my children be filled “with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”
(1 Thessalonians 1:6)
May my children always “be strong and courageous” in their character and in their actions.