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Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

Praying for Our Children’s Attitude Toward Change

I love autumn. With the crisp weather and beautiful fall leaves, this is my favorite time of the year. It’s also a season that God used to teach me a valuable lesson.

I’m a card-carrying control freak, and while it’s something I’m trying to move away from, that change is coming slowly.

I’ve always viewed change—particularly when I wasn’t in control—as a negative thing. Any changes in my life were met with a poor attitude and that coping mechanism made life difficult for everyone around me. Until one day as I was out hiking in the fall, God pointed out that change can be a beautiful season. As His truth broke through my belief that change was bad, I felt as free as the beautiful leaves that floated in the wind.

That day I began praying that my children would view change as something filled with possibilities, rather than something negative. Below is one of the prayers I’ve used to ask God to fill them with His attitude when it comes to change.

Dear Lord, You know that for years I viewed change as something bad. My children watched me whine and complain anytime something new and different appeared. I’ve set such a bad example and I’m asking You to protect them from becoming like me. Don’t let my influence determine the way they face new situations.

Show them how change can be beautiful. Let them approach any new shift as an opportunity, not calamity. Let them see the possibilities that can come to pass when they embrace change. Most of all, don’t let them be fearful when new things come around.

Shepherd them as they face uncomfortable changes. Show them You are always with them and with You as a constant, change can be a very good thing. Surround them with others who have a positive attitude when things don’t stay the same. Amen.

By: Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including Soul Care When You’re Weary and While My Child is 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 three sons. Connect with her on through Twitter and Facebook.

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