I don't know how many times I've felt like there must have been something more I could have done as a parent, Father.
If I had just had more of your love, strength, and wisdom, perhaps my child would have made choices that would have kept her close to you.
I would have changed some things if I had known then what I know now.
Forgive me, Father, where I "have sinned" and fallen "short of" your best (Romans 3:23).
Because I can't change what has already happened, I pray that you will open my heart to new things you are doing, so that I "do not dwell on the past" (Isaiah 43:18).
Help me instead to "press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:14).
You've told me that "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
Thank you for reminding me that I must depend on you, Father, and that you are able to present me before you "without fault and with great joy."
Help me to be "very careful" how I live, "not as unwise, but as wise."
Help me to make "the most of every opportunity" to point my daughter to you with consistency and sincerity (Ephesians 5:15Ð16).
Because you give "grace to the humble" (Proverbs 3:34), help me to set an example in everything I do, just as you have done for me (John 13:15).
Help me to keep my eyes "fixed on you, O Sovereign Lord" (Psalm 141:8) so that I will not rely on myself or my own strength but be strong in you, in your "mighty power" (Ephesians 6:10).
Where I have my blind sides, Father, "forgive my hidden faults" (Psalm 19:12).
Let nothing about me be a "stumbling block" (Romans 14:13).
Help me to let my "light shine" before my daughter, Lord, so that she may see the good I do and praise you for it (Matthew 5:16).
Direct my heart into your "love and Christ's perseverance" (2 Thessalonians 3:5).
Holy Spirit, let me "be filled with" you (Ephesians 5:18) so that "streams of living water will flow from within" me (John 7:38), "welling up to eternal life" (John 4:14).
Not just for me, but for the child I love.
Taken from Prayers for Prodigals, © 2011 by James Banks. Used by permission of Discovery House Publishers, Box 3566, Grand Rapids MI 4950l. All rights reserved.