When You Feel Like A Failure As A Parent
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 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.