It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.
The musical Annie has a song called “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” The orphans sing about an “empty belly, rotten smelly, full of sorrow, no tomorrow” hard knock life. While few of us can identify with the plight of orphans, everyone can relate to the hard knocks that come in some form or fashion. As parents, it’s hard for us to watch our children take those hard knocks.
Based on today’s verses, here’s a prayer to pray for our children and grandchildren through the inevitable hard knocks of life.
Life will come with its hard knocks. Our children will be pushed back and pushed around by situations beyond their control. They will know what it means to stumble. Many times they will be about to fall. And most of the time I won’t be there to catch them. But you will always be right by their side.
Father, be their strength against the influencing crowd. Be their help against life’s inevitable challenges. Defend them against their strongest temptations in their weakest moments. Let them know that they are never alone. May this confession always be on their lips: “He has become my salvation.”
In Jesus’ name.
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