A Parent's Prayer for Children

Posted by Richard S. Lytle, Ph.D. in Blogs

In John 17:6-19, Jesus prays deeply and intimately for those God has given him in this world before he leaves. It seems appropriate for us to model our prayer life after his, specifically for those God has given us out of this world, our children, before we leave.

Like Jesus, we pray to the father for our children saying, “We have revealed your name to those [children] you have given us out of the world. We have given them the words you gave us and they have accepted them. We are not praying for the world. We pray for them [our children] for they are yours.”

Heavenly father,

1. Protect our children by the power of your name so they may be one as we are one.
2. We have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than we are of the world. Our prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
3. Sanctify them by truth. Your word is truth.
4. As you sent us into the world, so we send them into the world.
5. For them, we sanctify ourselves that they too may be truly sanctified.


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