Lord Most High,
By Your Word, the heavens were made; the starry host made by the breath of Your mouth. You gather the waters of the sea into jars; You put the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear You Lord; let all the people of the world revere You. At Your command, the world came to be, and it stood firm. Your plans stand firm forever, the purposes of Your heart through all generations! From heaven, You look down and watch all who live on earth – You, who formed the hearts of all: You consider all we do (Psalm 33:6-15). Sovereign Lord, because we revere You, may we cherish and show respect for all You have made.
I humbly confess that I do not always show respect for some of Your most wonderful creations – human beings. My own sinfulness echoes in my ears when I hear the same disrespectful tone in my children’s voices as they have heard me use. Please replace my self-serving attitude with a loving graciousness that helps me see others the way You do – as precious treasures, worthy of tender care and respect. Please remind me to be respectful when I interact with my spouse, my children, friends and neighbours, especially when I am upset. Please forgive me for the times I have modelled a disrespectful attitude for my children.
I pray now for my child. Please infuse ________'s heart with a deep reverence for You and all that You have made. Place in him/her a longing to read Your Word and a desire to obey Your commands. Please inspire ________ to be respectful and considerate of others and give him/her a willingness to put others first. Because he/she has a healthy fear of You, I pray that ________ would serve those in authority with his/her whole heart out of respect for the Lord and to honour those individuals by obeying their instructions (Ephesians 6:7). In Jesus' name, I ask that You would protect ________ from the schemes of the devil who will try and persuade ________ to honour him or herself instead of others. Because the “sins of self” are linked to disrespect, please expose any roots of rebellion, selfishness or pride in ________ 's heart, and destroy these attitudes through the power of Your Holy Spirit.
Lord, You formed each of us in the womb. You are the Lord who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens and who alone spread out the earth (Isaiah 44:24). Our desire is to revere You and treat all You have made with deep respect. Please send Your Holy Spirit to enable our family members to be respectful and considerate of everyone. In all we say and do, we want to honour You, for You are great and most worthy of praise; You are to be feared above all gods (I Chronicles 16:25). Amen.
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