My youngest son, JT, turns 10 years old today. Where has the time with him gone? When I first started blogging in 2010, I wrote a short summary of the things I loved about each of my kids and my wife. The things I wrote about JT remain even more true today. I love the young man that he is turning out to be. He is gentle and sensitive. His teacher continually tells us how quick he is to help anyone he can at school. He is growing to be a leader. I cannot wait to see what God is going to do with his life.
As I was thinking about him this morning, I pulled out my copy of The Valley of Vision, a collection of puritan prayers. As I read through a few of them, there was one that I prayed for JT. It is entitled "Christlikeness." I changed the pronouns to be in the 3rd person as I prayed for JT. I hope you would pray this for your children as well. (I have also changed some of the old English to make it more readable).
Father of Jesus,
Without Your light within no outward light can profit;
Give JT the saving lamp of Your Spirit that he may see You,
the God of his salvation, the delight of his soul,
rejoicing over him in love.
I commend his heart to Your watchful care,
for I knows its treachery and power;
Guard its every portal from the wily enemy,
Give him quick discernment of the enemy's deadly arts,
Help him to recognize his bold disguise as an angel of light,
and bid him be gone.
May his words and works allure others to the highest walks
of faith and love!
May the lazy be quickened to greater diligence by his example!
May the worldly be won to delight in acquaintance with You!
May the timid and irresolute be warned of coming doom
by his zeal for Jesus!
Cause him to be a mirror of Your grace,
to show others the joy of Your service,
May his lips be well-tuned cymbals sounding thy praise,
Let a halo of heavenly-mindedness sparkle around him
and a lamp of kindness sunbeam his path.
Teach him the happy art of attending to things temporal
with a mind intent on things eternal.
Send him forth to have compassion on the ignorant and miserable.
Help him to walk as Jesus walked,
his only Savior and perfect model,
his mind be like Christ's,
his meekness to be as Christ's.
Let his happy place be among the poor in spirit,
his delight the gentle ranks of the meek.
Let him always esteem others better than himself,