A Parent's Prayer

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A Parent’s Prayer for Wisdom

Dear Jesus, did you create children just to teach adults wisdom? Because it takes a boatload of wisdom to raise them. And sometimes, Lord, I just seem to come up dry. That’s why I’m glad you’ve told me exactly what heavenly wisdom entails... and it’s more “heart” than “smarts.”

“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere” (James 3:17).

Heavenly wisdom is holy. (I sometimes act holier-than-thou.) When I correct my children, drain me of self-righteousness.

Heavenly wisdom is peace-loving. (I sometimes add fuel to the fire.) When tempers flare, help me to patiently bear my children’s anger and to bridle my own.

Heavenly wisdom is considerate. (I like to be correct at any cost.) When I speak with my children, make me more concerned with being kind than being right.

Heavenly wisdom is submissive. (I prefer to be on the receiving end of submission.) Help me to submit to your will so that I’m not rude or overbearing.

Heavenly wisdom is full of mercy and good fruits. (I sometimes fixate on my kids’ mistakes and overlook their strengths.) Help me show them the same patient mercy you have shown me.

Heavenly wisdom is sincere. (Sometimes I throw advice at my kids without really listening.) Give me a heart that cares, deeply, about my children’s concerns.

Lord, I don’t need all the answers, but please give me a wise heart. Amen.