Lord of Righteousness,
Righteous are You, Lord, and Your laws are right. The statutes You have laid down are righteous; they are fully trustworthy (Psalm 119:137-138). You are a just ruler and we know that someday You will come and judge the world in righteousness (Psalm 98:9). Thank you for sacrificing Your Son, Jesus, so that in Him we can become “the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). His Spirit living in us means we can experience the joy of living free from the control of our sinful natures – thank you! (Romans 8:9-11).
Choosing righteousness means making a decision to live to honour You instead of ourselves. I pray that each family member in our home will choose to follow You. According to 2 Peter 3:9, it is not Your will for anyone to choose the way of death and perish. Based on this promise, I ask that You would send Your Holy Spirit to meet with ________’s spirit and draw him/her to Yourself daily until he/she willingly turns over control of his/her life to You.
Please forgive me for the many times I have disregarded Your commands and given in to temptation, allowing my sinful nature to reign in anger, self-pity, jealousy or ________ (list any tendency to sin). My heart’s desire is to live to honour You, according to Your Word. Please teach me to do Your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground (Psalm 143:10).
In our permissive culture, I think of all the slippery slopes that my child will have to negotiate. There will be obvious temptations: addicting and mind-altering substances, pre-marital sexual encounters and other compromises of integrity, but ________ will also experience more subtle forms of Satan’s seduction. He/she may be enticed to disregard parental instructions, tell white lies, over-indulge in pleasures, or feed a sinful thought life. On a daily basis ________ will be faced with the challenge of saying no to his/her sinful human nature. When ________ is tempted to sin, please remind him/her that You offer a way out and that You do not allow him/her to be tempted beyond that which he/she can handle. Please give him/her the ability to recall Your Word and the spiritual maturity to rely on You as his/her “power source” to resist temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13). My prayer is that at the end of ________'s life he/she will be able to say, “My steps have held to Your paths; my feet have not slipped”(Psalm 17:5).
As a family, our desire is to learn to obey Your commandments and walk according to Your laws; please give us understanding. We ask You to direct us in the path of Your commands and teach us to delight in righteousness (Psalm 119:33-35). Please inspire us and fill us with Your Spirit. Amen.
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