(Here is another in my series of prayers for my daughters; this one about joy)
One of the best parts of being a mom is seeing our children joyful. The smile on their faces and the light in their eyes makes our heart happy, and lifts our spirits. Their joy and happiness gives us joy as well.
More than just being happy, I want my daughters to feel true joy – of knowing a loving God and Creator, and the assurance of a special purpose for their lives. That brings true joy that resides in our souls, and isn’t dependent upon circumstances. It is a constant reassurance of being loved and cared about for eternity.
“Lord, please allow my daughter to be filled with the joy of the Lord, and find delight in Your presence. Guide her on the path that You have laid out for her life. Let her joy come from dependence and trust in You, and the knowledge that You are her loving heavenly Father.
Help her to delight in Your presence, and to choose to follow after your ways daily. I pray that she would find happiness in spending time in prayer and worship each day. Let her spirit hunger for time spend in Your presence, and may she make her time with You a priority.
Help her to meditate on your love for her, and the gift of Your son for her salvation. Remind her that You loved her so much that you couldn’t stand to think of an eternity without her in Your presence, so you sent Your son to die on the cross for her sins. May she never take your love and sacrifice lightly.
When she is anxious, may she run to You and Your word. May she find comfort and happiness when she reads of Your promises to her. Allow joy to return to her spirit when she is made aware of your provision for her, and your total acceptance and love for her. Let your love for her bring about hope, and unending joy.
May her delight be evident to others, and be contagious. May she draw others to You with her joyfulness and love, so much that they desire to know her source of happiness. May she be a light to all those that know her, and reflect Your love in every circumstance.”
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16:11 NIV
I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 NIV
When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
Psalm 94:19 NIV
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 12:12 NIV
Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
Psalm 119:111 NIV