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Springtime Prayer – Praying for Roots as Well as Branches

Springtime Prayer – Praying for Roots as Well as Branches

Spring is a fun time for families as the weather warms up and outdoor activities are once again the plan for the day. Everywhere around us the trees are budding and the flowers are blossoming.

As much as I love this time of years, it also makes me sad. Another school year’s end is in sight. I just can’t stop the clock on how fast my children are growing.

Instead of dwelling on how quickly time flies, this year I’m praying for that growth. I’m asking God to do more than help them grow in ways everyone can see. I’m asking Him to grow their roots. Here’s the prayer I’m using.

Dear Lord,

The seasons have turned and now we’re in the midst of a beautiful spring. With it another school year is drawing to a close and my son is closer to adulthood. I’m excited about all the ways I see him growing. He’s getting taller and stronger, but he’s also growing in his understanding of the world.

What I’m asking is for You to grow his roots.

Give him such a deep understanding of You and Your love for him that he will be able to stand strong no matter what challenges he faces in the years to come. Show him the foundation of Your truth and how it will provide light and life when everything is dark and dry.

Teach him about unshakeable faith. Reveal Yourself to him in ways that he’ll always remember. Draw him into a deeper relationship with You. Instill Your word and Your truth in his heart, giving him a core of strength that no storm can ever shake.

Don’t let him get sidetracked by the outward appearance of growing up. Instead, teach him what it means to mature into a strong walk with You. Put others in his life to amplify and encourage this kind of inward growth.

Let him see the evergreen beauty of a life lived in the shadow of Your love. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including While My Child Away: Prayers for When We’re Apart. Married to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they live in the upstate of South Carolina and have raised 3 sons. Connect with her on www.EdieMelson.com through Twitter and Facebook.

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