You tend Your flock like a gentle shepherd, gathering lambs in Your arms and carrying them close to Your heart (Isaiah 40:11). Jesus said, “I am gentle and humble in heart” and offers us rest for our souls (Matthew 11:29). Thank you for being our gentle Father and Master. Our sin is deserving of severe consequences, but You continually restore us with gentle prompting and unending grace.
Lord, I desire to have a gentle spirit, which is of great worth in Your sight (1 Peter 3:4). Please send Your Spirit to shape the inclinations of my heart to be kind and tender. In Your Word it says that if someone is caught in sin, those who are spiritual should restore him gently (Galatians 6:1). So often when I correct my children, it is not with gentleness. I humbly ask You to forgive me for being harsh and acknowledge my need for Your Spirit to live in me. Please remind me often of Your gentle grace and prompt me to offer Your love and forgiveness to others.
Jesus, as parents brought their children to You, so I bring ________ before You. Please put Your gentle hands on ________ and bless him/her with the presence of the Holy Spirit in his/her life, especially in the area of gentleness. It is such an attractive quality in anyone – boys, girls, men and women! I pray that others would be drawn to You because ________ shares Your love and grace with others.
In the daily grind of life when someone treats ________ in a way that bothers him/her, I ask that You would remind him/her, that “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger” (Proverbs 15:1). At play, when ________ interacts with other children, help him/her to be gentle in his/her speech and actions. Satan is sure to tempt ________ to use his/her hands or words to hurt others, to be unforgiving or quick to point out fault in others. Please send Your Holy Spirit to work in ________'s life, filling his/her heart with Your love, prompting him/her to be gentle, gracious and tolerant with others.
Lord, I pray that our family would be a welcome contrast to the harsh and unforgiving world we live in. Please allow our gentleness to be evident to all whom we have contact with. Let us be gentle because we know You are near (Philippians 4:5). I ask that gentleness, among the other fruits of Your Spirit, would be reflected in our actions and in our communication, letting others know You are Lord of our hearts and our home. Amen.
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