Praying for Your Child’s Compassion

Eternal Rock,
You have been a father to the fatherless (Psalm 68:5), a hope for the hopeless, a refuge for the poor (Isaiah 25:4); you have set the captives free and the lonely in families (Isaiah 42:7, Psalm 68:6); in you the lame walk, the blind see, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and good news is preached to those who most need it (Matthew 11:5). How can we who are called by your name not show the same love to the marginalized around us? How can the love of God be in those who see the need but do not show pity (1 John 3:17)? Surely it cannot. Raise up in __________ a deep compassion for those who most need it: the poor, the sick, the lonely, the broken and hurting, widows, orphans, and aliens. In his/her arms may they find kindness and love, tender concern, and what resources he/she has to give. What blessings are given him/her, may he/she make them available for the work of your Kingdom, knowing that those who are kind to the needy honor God (Proverbs 14:31). The righteous care about justice for the poor, so teach __________ to share this concern (Proverbs 29:7). What he/she does for the least of these, let him/her do as for his/her Savior and King (Matthew 25:40). Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream in our child’s life (Amos 5:24).
Amen.

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