#603 - Help Me Be a Good Parent
Volume 2 - Prayers to Love Our Neighbor
Dear Father, thank You for the child that has come into our family. What a blessing and a privilege to be a father or mother. There is far more to the role of father or mother than conception. It is not about donating sperm or carrying a pregnancy. It is about being a parent. Good parenting begins with surrender to You. When I live to be my own god, I cannot be a godly parent. Period. My life is about "me, me, me". Father, I need to first confess my rebellion to You, repent, and then surrender my life to Your authority. You will bless me with the transforming work of the Holy Spirit who bears the fruit of love, joy, peace, gentleness, goodness, faith, kindness, compassion, generosity, devotion, and perseverance. Father, change my heart. I surrender to You. Father, help me to: - Train my child to live a godly life. - Give them responsibilities and challenges, fostering their emotional strength when they face adversity as adults. - Help them explore and discover how You have gifted them. - Give them boundaries and loving consequences that give them security. - Convey they have worth because they were made by the Creator of the universe. - Be present and involved in their lives, always listening and available each day to help them process the various emotions and challenges they encounter. - Continuously provide for them and protect them until the day they can be independent adults. - Be transparent and to share my faith testimony with them. - Set an example by volunteering for the needy in the community. Father, help me to be the godly parent my child needs me to be. Such a parent is committed to unconditional love of their spouse. Help me to be the kind of spouse and parent that fosters the development of an emotionally and spiritually healthy young man or woman. Amen.
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