Praying for Your Child’s Service

Humble King,
In a moment of breathtaking humility and loving service, the King of kings and Lord of lords knelt before his people and washed their feet. What only the lowliest slave would do for his master, you, our Master, did for us—to set an example for us, that we might do as you (John 13:14-15). Teach us to wash one another’s feet, Lord. As parents, help us to humble ourselves and model Christian service for our child. May he/she learn from us what it means to stoop in love for the sake of another. In humility, may he/she consider others as more important than himself/herself, always looking to the interests of others before his/her own (Philippians 2:3-4). By the cross of Christ, crucify selfishness and vain conceit in our child. Because you have freed him/her from the sinful nature, may __________ use his/her freedom to serve others in love, thus fulfilling the whole law: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Galatians 5:13-14). May his/her attitude be that of Christ Jesus, who, being in very nature God, nevertheless humbled himself, made himself nothing, served humanity, and became obedient to death—even death on a cross (Philippians 2:6-8). Teach our child to walk the dusty road to Calvary daily as he/she serves others with self-crucifying love.
Amen.

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