Day 17 of 30: A Mother’s Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father,

Of course I want your will for my son. You know better what he needs. You are better equipped to provide him with whatever he needs to grow as the man you intend him to be.

But I miss him, Lord. And I feel I should have done better. I STILL COULD do better.

If there is anything I could have done differently with him, please give me that opportunity to try again.

I know you gave him to me for a reason. I feel I’ve let you both down. You are a God of second chances. Please consider giving me a second chance. I realize I have five more, to be better, but even Jesus says, you would not want one of yours to wander off.

“What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” – Matthew 18:12-14

Do not be willing to let my son go either, Lord. Please, I humbly request a second chance.

However, ultimately you are more wise than I. And I know your love for him surpasses my own.

“You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead? Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not! So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. – Matthew 7:9-11

Love my son, Lord. Absolutely, please love my son. And may he respond to your love with fear.

Fear of the LORD is the foundation of true wisdom. All who obey his commandments will grow in wisdom. Praise him forever! – Psalm 111:10

I praise you, Lord, for your strength, your compassion, and your sovereignty. I will continue to pray until the day my son does too.

Thank you, Father. Amen

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