Single parents we cannot get this blog started and this year started off the right way without including God in the plans for this year. For He told us in His word,
“For I know the plans I have for you” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
So with that promise in mind, I am including the single parent prayer from the mobile version of the Little Red Book of Prayers. This prayer defines the struggles that we encounter daily and it provides hope that we are not alone as we invite God in and trust His guidance. At some point today, just take some quiet time and pray this prayer.
I hope you will find it as helpful and comforting as I have.
Again, I can not take credit for the prayer, but I will say that it has been a blessing to me and I hope it will do the same for you
Heavenly Father, I thank you for my child (children). I know that children are a gift from You (Psalms 127:3-5), that you have placed them in my care. Lord you know the challenges I face each day as a single parent. Children can seem to consume all of my time, energy, and patience. It can be trying for two parents to raise them, and as a single parent the daily tasks can seem overwhelming at times.
Father, I am trusting You to supply all our needs: spiritual, financial, physical. I want to enjoy my child (children), and I want their time with me to be a blessing. Children learn more from what they see than from what they hear. Therefore, I ask you to strengthen me daily to respond and react to each challenge as you would have me to. Let me be as patient and gentle with them as you are with me. I Corinthians 10:13 says that you will not put on me more than I can bear. This is your promise to always provide what I need to accomplish your will in the midst of trials. Young people can face such temptation, abuse, rejection, pressure to conform. The list seems unending. Let our home be a place of peace, comfort, and refuge from the evil in the outside world. Lord, let them see that it is faith in You and obedience to You that brings peace and wholeness. May they know by the way I treat them that they truly are a gift and a blessing to me. May they understand Your love and faithfulness to them because of what they see in me. Give me strength, give me grace. In Jesus Name, Amen.