Praying for Your Child's Love

Loving Father,
Apart from your love we would be utterly lost. Indeed, we know what love is because you loved us and laid down your life for us (1 John 3:16). You are love itself, and if we do not know love, we do not know you (John 5:42). We pray, therefore, that you would produce in __________ the fruit of love. May he/she demonstrate your unfailing love in all his/her interactions with others. May the world know that he/she is your disciple by his/her love for all (John 13:35). All his/her spiritual gifts and worldly talents will be for naught unless he/she uses them in the service of love. Make him/her humble and patient, selfless and kind; let him/her not rejoice in evil, but in good; teach him/her to be slow to anger and eager to forgive. In him/her, may others find one who always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. May his/her love never fail (1 Corinthians 13:1-8). Of the triad of Christian virtues—faith, hope, and love—we know this is the greatest because only here can we reflect your character as the perfect God of love (1 Corinthians 13:13).

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