There can be great value in occasionally writing out your prayers. It causes you to slow down, think, and be specific. We live in a world where we’re often in bondage to the next thing on the schedule. This can be detrimental to our prayers, making them like unfocused passing thoughts instead of petitions of desperate dependence on our heavenly Father that result in soul-saturating fellowship with him. Here is a prayer I am praying for us and our daughter who will be born today by c-section at 12:30 pm.
Gracious Father, you are worthy to be praised for creating our daughter and sustaining every second of her life.
As sinners who have offended you deeply with our rebellion, we do not deserve such an amazing blessing, so I thank you for this gift of your grace that we know can only be ours because Jesus died and rose again on our behalf.
As we see our daughter for the first time, may we take much time to marvel at the beauty of your handiwork and stand in awe of the careful precision you used in knitting her together.
May the doctors and nurses, our friends and family witness us worshiping you upon such a happy occasion and may you lead them to do the same.
If there is anything uncommon about her, help us to remember that you do not make mistakes and your goodness is permeating this moment in our lives.
In these first weeks and months of her life, may you give us enabling grace to nurture her and care for her the way you care for us as your children… especially in the hours when sleep has been minimal and life is hectic.
May you grow her and develop her in good health, but much more importantly, at some point in the future, I pray that you would save this little girl through the death and resurrection of your only Son. Make her to embrace the Lord Jesus Christ by faith and transform her into your committed worshiper.
If you choose to save her, please give her mother and I the privilege of being used by you in the process so that we will have opportunity to delight in you more.
May she love every word of the Bible and delight to submit to it as her final authority in life. By your grace may she reject the feminism and immodesty that is so rampant in our culture, and be happy to fulfill the role of a dedicated woman of God set out in its pages.
May her life reflect the resplendence of your character and gospel in big and small ways wherever you take her and may you use her as you please.
In the precious name of Jesus, Amen