Last night, like many nights, my ten month old son refused to sleep anywhere but my arms. I tried holding him as he tossed and turned, unable to drift off to sleep. I am not very familiar with restlessness, as I’ve always fallen asleep easily. However, my son received this restless trait from my husband and grandfather. He takes forever to fall asleep and sleeps lightly. Some days, I enjoy the extra time and snuggles. Other days, like last night, I did not. I did not want him to cling to my body, searching for comfort. I was selfish & wanted to have a relaxing evening. I was frustrated and let him cry for a few minutes, walking out of the room and crying to my husband. On days like this, even dad couldn’t jump in to help. Baby was in a mom mood.
So, on days like yesterday, I pull out this prayer & read it to him. As soon as I do, his body relaxes and he drifts off to sleep in minutes.
I can’t take credit for this prayer. I don’t know who the author is, so if you do, please let me know in the comments. I’d like to give proper credit & thank them for creating such a beautiful prayer which I will probably print & frame in his room.
Prayer For a Growing Boy
May you have a spirit of adventure that allows you to experience life as God intended it to be.
May you be filled with a sense of bravery in the face of danger.
May you be granted a courageous spirit and may you have a childlike faith throughout your days.
May you learn the goodness of discipline and its eternal purpose.
May you run the race of life with endurance, embracing all of its obstacles.
May you be fearless, for the Lord is your shield, and may you be able to call Him friend.
May you grow into a man after God’s own heart.
May you be hungry for the One that can truly satisfy, and may you learn to seek Him.
May you dream the impossible and know all is possible through Christ.
May you seek justice for those who are without.
May you be kindhearted and gentle in spirit.
May you comfort others with your laughter.
May you know the mercy of the Father and, in turn, be merciful to the undeserving.
May you be a boy and a man of noble character, and may you find nourishment in His word.
May you learn what it means to obey out of love and not duty.
May you have perseverance and peace in the face of trouble.
May your every thirst be quenched with the well which never runs dry.
May you strive for redemption and reconciliation in all things and for all people
May you seek the Lord with your whole heart; may you find Him and be found by Him.
May you use your talents for the work of the kingdom.
May you have a deep understanding of what it means to be loved unconditionally.
May you find your value in the eyes of God, and God alone.
May you wander always return to His arms, sure that nothing else can fill your desires.
May you exude joy to all those around you.
May you set an example in your youth, in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity.
May you be zealous for the Gospel in the lives of others.
About the Author: Samantha is a writer, image-bearer, and Jesus-seeker. She is passionate about the Word, human trafficking, fair trade, and crocheting. She lives in the midwest with her husband & son. You can follow her on Twitter or check out her blog.