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A Parent’s Prayer for Obedience

The Answer To Our Prayer

A couple of times now I’ve mentioned Kathleen Nielson’s new set of prayer books for parents. Through four short volumes she provides prayers for parents of young children, of teens, of young adults, and of adult children. I’ve already shared “A Parent’s Prayer for an Unbelieving Child” and “A Prayer for a Wanderer” from the books about parenting young adults and adult children, and this time thought I’d share “A Prayer for Obedience” from the book about parenting young children. I think parents will find it a blessing as they consider how to pray for their little ones.

I pray for open ears
in my beloved sinful child—
and, from my mouth, words wise and clear.

I pray, Lord, for your Spirit’s work
to soften her heart at the point of choice— and, for my part, a godly life that lights the way.

I pray for her repentance when she fails,
a soul wide open to forgiveness—
and, from my heart, like yours, a ready store.

I pray for discipline to grow within her,
habits of heeding your Word’s call—
and, as I guide, unfailing gentleness and strength from you.

I pray for her to seek the Savior,
righteous one who showed obedience full and true— and, as I point to Jesus, let me show his life in me.

I pray that she would learn the happiness
of one who trusts and who obeys—
and, leading, may I show how good are your commands.


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