A birthday prayer for my child

Oh, Lord,


I ask for your blessing over my child on his birthday,
on this day that you breathed life into him as he entered this broken world.
Cover him with your protection, your conviction, and your direction.

May he always feel your presence.
Speak Scripture to him when he sins.
Speak comfort to him when he is afraid.
Wrap yourself around him when he is alone.
Direct him when he is confused.

Always, bring your words of life--the Holy Word of God--
to his heart and memory,
and may he cling to your truth.
Give his discernment in this confusing world.
Stir unrest and reticence when he hears falsehood,
and help him to turn back to your Word to verify the truth.
Make him a man of spiritual power and authority.

Bring men and women in his path to guide him and model Christian living to him.
Bring friends into his circle who will support and encourage his walk with you.
Bring him a wife at the perfect time for both of them.

Help him to wait on your voice,
to listen for your voice,
and to follow your voice.

You have created him for a purpose 
and brought him into the world on this exact day
to bring glory to you with his life.
I ask for you to fulfill your purpose for him.
Don't make him successful for his own glory.
I pray for him to do your will and direct people into relationship with you.

I trust you with him.
I gave him back to you when you gave him to me.
Help me to support what you're doing in his life 
and not let my anxiety or insecurity interfere with the path he will take.

I love you, Lord.
I'm so grateful for this tremendous blessing of motherhood.
Thank you for this day.
May it be yet another catalyst for him knowing and following you.

In Jesus' name,
Amen.

Psalm 139:14-18

For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts,[a] God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

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