Parenting is a beautiful and challenging calling. The truth is that raising up the next generation to know the love of Jesus and to grow each day is no easy task. Parents can often be their own worst critics when it comes to the daily duties of love, discipline, and structure of a home. Today, we will take some time to pray over parents in this amazing journey that God is taking them on. It is a refining path but one of great blessing and joy.
Thank You for modeling perfect parenting to us. You are our Good Father who loves well. You tell us in Hebrews 12:10 that You discipline us for our good so we may share in Your holiness. As parents create a home focused on the gospel and training up their children in the faith, enable them to be able to remember how You parent them in love, grace, mercy, and compassion. You say in Psalm 103:13, “As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.” As parents discipline and teach their kids, help them to remember that You have shown them great compassion. Give them eyes to see their children through Your lens. Bless them with the ability to look at the child’s heart and speak words of life and encouragement. Place specific rules in their home that would help the children learn to live by Your fruit of the Spirit.