Thank you for this day, for the day that you made. I thank you for your son who died on the cross to save us from our sins. I pray that you watch over my son... my daughter tonight as he... she sleeps. Protect their dreams from turning into nightmares and keep them safe from harm.... and if... they get scared, I pray they remember they can turn to this prayer and remember you are with them always, even in the dark of night when mommy isn't here. I pray they grow up mighty and strong in your army. I pray all of these things in your sons Holy name. Amen
That is a version of a prayer I have prayed over my kids for the last six almost seven years. I pray that prayer when they are awake, with them. Sometimes I start it and I ask them to finish it so that they... learn... how to pray. How to speak to God when we're not here, because we wont always be here.
Saying that prayer tonight, I had a light bulb moment. Rolling around in my head all evening I wanted to talk through, walk through... have a conversation with someone, anyone actually... that's what girls do. They call their best girl friends... they call mom... going down my favorites in the contact list on my phone, just not available. So who do I have to speak with... who will help me right at this moment? No one actually! Thus I am left with my thoughts... thoughts which aren't necessarily nice to the soul! I try hard to keep my focus on everything.
God wants me to speak with him. God wants me to look to him and have a conversation with him... not poll my friends and family. He wants me to look up. So at prayer time tonight, with my kids... ingraining in them to remember always, look up. When you are afraid, look up.... he is omnipresent - always there. I am expected to look up, come to God in prayer, share my struggles with him...
So tonight... I pray for myself.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for this day, for the day that you made. Thank you for your son who died on the cross for my sins. I pray that I remember to look to you. I know you are with me. I know you go before me. I know that you have been here all along. Keep me on this path, show me the way. Even when the road looks hard, impossible... even when it makes no sense at all. Amen