Abba Father, you have so much grace to give us all. My children need that grace today, Lord. They are making decisions that I do not understand and that I am so worried about. My heart breaks for how their lives could end up if they stay on this path.
Some days it is tempting to ask you to take their free will away. But I know that it is only through this free will that we are fully able to choose you, to love you, to be in true relationship with you.
I beg you that my children can experience this relationship with you fully one day, even if their actions are to the contrary right now.
Thank you, Father, for letting us make mistakes because you know that is how we best learn. Thank you for giving us the free will not to choose you, because it means we also have the choice to choose you with our whole hearts.
Protect my children as they exercise their free will, Lord, and please lead them back to your path and back into your fold.
I love you and praise your name, amen.
10. A Prayer for Your Relationship with Your Adult Children
Oh Lord, you know how many times I have fallen as a parent. You heard the countless times I lost my temper and yelled, you saw every time I took my affection away because of stress and fear. You were there through every mistake I made with my children as they grew up.
And now God, I fear that too much has happened between my and my children. But I know that with you, nothing is impossible.
Help me to be bold in my apologies to my children. And help their hearts to soften to share any apologies they may have in return. Help us build a new relationship, a better one, little by little. Memory by memory. Kind word by kind word.
Breathe life into the dry bones of our relationship and give it life anew.
Thank you for your endless grace and bright hope of a better future.
It is in your son’s awesome name that I pray, amen.
Bless you, parents, for trying. For loving, tending, asking forgiveness, giving forgiveness...and for praying. There’s power in your prayers, so don’t lose heart.
Keep praying, and know that God has them in the palm of his hand.
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