Entry #27 A Prayer for Care of Children
The 1979 Book of Common Prayer of the Protestant Episcopal Church USA
“Almighty God, Heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the joy and care of Children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.”
In honor of this month being Children’s Awareness Month and Rebuild your Life Month, we say a Prayer for the care of Children. Children are a gift from God. Sometimes they do not seem like it, as we go broke supporting them, run ourselves ragged keeping them active, or when they have learned to obstinately talk back or rebel against our rules. Many parents have given up raising and training their children. Parents feel that they won’t listen, they don’t have the proper tools, they don’t have a good support system, and/or they are afraid of the government intervening or stripping them of their authority. It is impossible to raise children properly without God’s help. There are too many opposing, negative forces that make raising children on our own improbable. Not only do we need God to anoint us to do this job, we also need to develop a circle of like-minded family, friends and associates who respect what we are trying to do for our children, and help us toward that end. The ideal environment to raise them is one with both parents present. But God knew that for a variety of reason that would not always be the case. Parents die, become menaces to society, are caught on the wrong side of the law, they divorce, they walk away from and neglect their families, and a plethora of other reasons exist. It is also unhealthy for children to be in households were both parents are present but are violent, addicted to illegal substances, disrespectful to each other, etc. If this would stop a child’s destiny, God would not allow it. These situations are obstacles to overcome, but they can be overcome. Children in deprived, dysfunctional households can grow up to change the world with God on their side. While entitled, spoiled children who have every opportunity at their disposal can grow up to be a vagabond indulging in selfish pursuits. Only God knows what the future holds. All we can do is give it our best, pray with and for them daily, and be the best example in front of our children that we can be. We can teach them God’s principles, and pray that they stay on the path of righteousness. And when they veer off the path, we can correct them and intercede in prayer on their behalf. Children are inheritance of the Lord. And they are lent to us for a season, so we must give them back to God.