Build children Lord, who will be strong enough to know they are weak, brave enough to face themselves when they are afraid, and humble enough to confess their pride. May they know that to know you, is to know life.
Build children Lord, whose hearts are clean, lips are pure, vision sure, and ways true. May they discern that with the power of Jesus, they have the strength to face anything and everything.
Build children Lord, who in times of joy, never forget how to weep, and in times of sadness, never forget how to laugh.
Build children Lord, who in defeat, are gracious, and in victory, gentle. When they falter, give them courage. When they fail, extend mercy to them. When they suffer, help them endure.
Build children Lord, who live for today and do not worry about tomorrow. Encourage them to give their full attention to what you are doing, meet with you daily through your Word, and rely totally on your grace for all their needs.
When these traits are theirs, add enough humour that they may be serious, enough backbone to be dependent, and enough of a challenge to build character. Give them the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength, and the passion of true faith. Give them the love that conquers all, the discipline of warriors, and the tenacity to endure to the very end.
Build children Lord, who want nothing less or nothing more than to live only and always for Jesus. Wherever they go – go with them we pray.
© Scripture Union, 2020