Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Prayer For My 14-Year Old Son

Fourteen years old! I can't believe it. It seems strange for me to think that it has been 14 years since the birth of my first son. I can't believe how fast time is going and how old he is becoming. It scares me to think that in a couple years, he could be driving. I know I am not ready for that. But I assume God will grant me the grace when that time comes. I just wish I could slow things down.

I usually try to write a short something about my kids on their birthday. A few years ago, I wrote a prayer for Karsten as he turned twelve. I am going to return to that again this year. The inspiration for this prayer comes from a prayer entitled "True Religion" that is found in The Valley of Vision

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Lord God Almighty,
I ask that Karsten not be known among the earthly great and rich,
     but to be known among the spiritually blessed.
Make it his present, supreme, and persevering concern
     to obtain those blessings which are
          spiritual in nature,
          eternal in their continuance,
          satisfying in their possession.
Preserve him from a false understanding of his true character.
May he pay attention 
     to his heart as well as his conduct,
     to his motives as well as his actions.
Help him 
     never to mistake the excitement of his passions,
          for the renewing of the Holy Spirit;
     never to judge his religion by occasional impressions,
          but by a constant and steady disposition.
May his heart be right with You.
May his life be an example of the gospel.
May he maintain a supreme regard for others.
Give him all the direction, support, and consolation 
     his journey in life requires.
And grant him a mind focused upon You.
Give him an abundance of the supply of the Spirit of Jesus,
     that he may 
          be prepared for every duty
          love You in all his mercies
          submit to you in every trial
          trust You when he walks in darkness
          have peace in You as life changes.
Lord, he believes in You;
     Help his unbelief and uncertainties.

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