Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV
As I prayed the above this morning, God brought to mind a prayer I wrote for a friend over a year ago. And as I read it, I felt like someone else needed to hear it as well.
So read the prayer below. And as you get to each blank, insert your name. For this prayer isn’t just for me. It’s not just for my friend. It’s for all God’s children. It’s for you.
My Gracious Heavenly Father,
I lift up ____ to you this day. As I place her before Your throne, I thank You for providing for her Your daily manna from heaven. As You supplied sustenance from heaven for the Israelites, so You provide sustenance for ____–the spiritual sustenance necessary to walk through this life victoriously. Thank You for giving ____ this day Your perfect portion of manna for her–the portion that is just right for what she’ll need. And as she daily gathers this manna, no matter how large or small it may look as she gathers, may she know confidently that the manna You provide for her will always be more than enough to accomplish what it is You have set out for her to do. May she not live by bread alone, but by every Word which proceeds from Your mouth. May she continue to hide Your Word in her heart so she may not sin against You. May You send her daily reminders of Your love for her. May You allow her to see things through Your eyes. Grant her wisdom beyond human understanding. And as she rests her head each evening, may she lay down in peace and sleep knowing You are watching over her, You go before her, and Your mercies are new every morning.
Jesus, You are ____’s living bread. You are ____,s living water. As she trusts in You, You fill her to overflowing. You satisfy her with Your goodness. No, life is not always easy; in fact, it is often contrary to what we’d expect. Yet it is often in the darkness Your light will shine. It is in chaos Your peace is known. It is in hardship Your grace gives strength. It is in doubt Your faith gives hope. It is in mourning Your joy is made full. You did not promise ____ a life of ease. Yet You did promise her life… eternal life. And You promise to never leave her nor forsake her. You promise to never let her go. Never. No matter what. So may ____ cling to the Rock. May she hide under the shadow of Your almighty wings. May _____ continue to rest in the knowledge You are God, and she is Your child. You love _____ with an everlasting love. And You provide for her. You give her the grace, the strength, and the wisdom to handle every moment of every day. And as she faces each and every moment, may she know she doesn’t face it alone, for You are with her, leading her, guiding her, and protecting her.
Thank You, Lord. Thank You for Your faithfulness to Your children. Thank You for Your faithfulness to ____. May she rest under the shadow of Your almighty wings this day and forevermore. May she not hear nor listen to any other voice but Yours. For You alone are the way, the truth, and the life, and no one else has ____ in heaven but You.
You, Lord. It’s all about You.