Wednesday, January 4, 2012

A Prayer For My 12-Year Old

I have a 12-year old. Ouch. That just hurt to even type. This past Sunday, Karsten, my oldest son, celebrated his 12th birthday. Yes, he is our millennium baby. It is hard to describe how much I love this young man. He is so special in so many ways. A little over a year ago, I tried to explain why he was so special to me (My Oldest Son: Karsten Lee). No matter how many times I read that, I am reminded of my relationship to him and how I continually need to be affirming him in what he does.

Twelve. We are starting to hit a different point in life now. This is the point when he starts to not to want to be a boy anymore. He wants to be a man. He wants to be with the adults (actually, he has always wanted to be with the adults). He thinks he should be allowed to do adult sort of things. As he grows older, my prayers grow stronger for him. I'm not sure if that is right or not. Maybe my prayers should have been stronger when he was younger. But as I see the imminent future, I realize once again that it is nothing I can do to save him and secure him for the future. I cannot make him love God more than anything else in this world. I cannot make him love the Scriptures. I need God to do that in and through him.

I was thumbing through the Valley of Vision the other day and came across a prayer entitled, "A Christian's Prayer." I have taken that prayer and restructured it so that someone like my son could understand it. This would be my prayer for my son as he turns twelve. 

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Blessed God,
     Ten thousand temptations are his inside and outside, protect him.
     When laziness and apathy seize him, give him views of heaven.
     When sinners are attractive to him, give him a dislike of their ways.
     When sensual pleasures tempt him, purify and refine him.
     When he desires worldly possessions, help him to be generous.
     When the pride of the world ensnares him, let him not plunge into new guilt                     and ruin.
     May he never be too busy to attend to his soul.
     May he never be so engrossed with time that he neglects the things of eternity
     May he not only live, but grow towards You.
     May he seek after an increase of diving love to You.
                          after a clear understanding of Your will.
                          after a deeper love for other people.
                          after patience in his soul.
                          after a heavenly disposition.
     May he seek to please You in public and in private.
     Draw on his soul the image of Jesus, for he is 
           Your workmanship created in Christ Jesus,
           a letter written with the Holy Spirit
           a tilled soil ready for the sowing, then harvest.
 I praise you for His life.

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What do you pray for your children?

1 comment:

  1. That is a great prayer, Thad. Mind if I steal it? I wonder at what this world will look like when Clark is 12 and pray very hard that his heart will follow hard after Christ early in his life.

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