A prayer for my child on her first birthday

Dearest Lord,
You are my dearest. Before I even speak about my beloved child, I want to acknowledge You. My Creator, Savior, and Sustainer … I owe all I am and all I have to you.
I confess that there have been many times this year when my mind and time has been so full of caring for my child that my time with You has taken a backseat. In those moments and days I felt a mix of guilt and grace.
I felt guilt because I know that my relationship with You is what matters most in the world. But I have been an overwhelmed and tired mama with an expansively needy baby, and I know You are patient. Thank you for waiting for me.
As she now has a semblance of a routine and I am a more experienced mother, I pray that you can help me be attentive to her but also never fail to come to You in prayer and Scripture and quietness. You are what makes me whole.
As I reflect on my child’s first year – her only year of babyhood that has quickly slipped by – I am grateful for each week.
Thank you for her smiles and giggles. Thank you for her hugs and babbles. Thank you for her wonder. Her first steps. Her excitement when she sees me. Our special times of nursing in dark rooms before she drifts to sleep.
Thank you also for her dirty diapers and her wails. Many mothers who have lost children long for those things, and I know none of us is guaranteed another day.
I pray today as I have prayed before:
  • Please help her come to faith very young …
  • Please help her understand her worth and live in the confidence that Love provides …
  • Please help her be curious about the world …
  • Please keep evil people and evil messages away from her …
  • Please help her learn to share with her brother and be his friend forever …
  • Please grow in her wonderful spiritual gifts and the fruit of the spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self control …
  • Please help her do good in the world and live into her calling …
  • Please nurture her future husband in his days, his family, and his faith…
  • Please show her daddy and me how to play our roles in it all …
God of all – show us how to make each week count. We feel the weight of responsibility to grow her into the shining adult you have destined her to be.
We will do our best, but we are flawed.
I am too often impatient and harsh. I am forgetful and miss opportunities. In the end, we trust You to work through us and in her, regardless.
She is Your child more than she is our child.
Fill her heart with your Holy Spirit. We thank you for our little girl. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Question for you: What is something that you pray for your child about?

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