(This is part of a series of prayers for my daughters. I want to pray for them on a more regular basis, and these prayers are a part of that. I hope you find them helpful as well.)
One of my biggest prayers for my daughters is that they will be loved and learn to love others. I want them to be surrounded by love, and know God’s love for them, all the days of their lives.
“Lord, I lift up my daughter to you and ask that she would come to know Your great love for her. I pray that she would have the constant assurance of Your affection, and that she would realize fully your complete and unconditional love for her. I also ask that she be surrounded by the love of her family and friends all the days of her life. Help her to feel Your love for her through them; use them as very real expression and representation of Your love and care for her.
Free her heart to love even those who do wrong to her, or are mean and spiteful. Grant her so much love in her heart that it would allow her to do good things for them, in spite of their actions or attitudes. Help her to show evidence that she is a child of the Most High. Help her to love what is good, and cling to that. Help her to do no harm to anyone around her. May she always be sincere in the love that she shows for others.
Help her to be humble and loving to all those within her sphere of influence. Allow her to live out 1 Corinthians 13; may she be patient, kind and not jealous. Don’t allow her to brag or be arrogant, or to act in a way that is crude or vulgar. Help her not to be selfish, or vindictive. May she always rejoice in the truth, rather than seeking our evil or wrong. Make her steadfast in her belief, strong in Your might, hopeful in Your promises, and persistent in times of trials.
And increase her love for You, Lord. I pray that her love and devotion to You would grow, and she would always choose to walk with You and follow Your teachings. May she serve You with all her heart and with all her soul, always keeping your commandments and following Your teachings.”
“But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.”
“Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”
I Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”
“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?”
(This post was originally posted on April 17, 2016 on my other blog, Starting Over … Again.)