Today, our second born child, Justin, turns three. Just as there are challenges that are unique to being a firstborn, so it is with our second-born children. Which is why I have crafted this prayer for Justin, and all the other second-borns who stand with him.
Gracious Father, thank you for crafting every millimeter of Justin just the way you did. He is an immense blessing to our lives and we ask that you would continue to give us what we need to be good stewards of him, raising him according to your Word and pointing him to the cross.
We first ask that you save his soul… by your grace… through faith in the redemptive work of Jesus… who died in the place of sinners. Rescue him from sin and cause him to be engulfed in the ocean of your glory and majesty.
Secondly, we recognize that there are certain temptations Justin will face as the second-born that are different from those of his older brother and younger sister. So, we ask you to help him realize these temptations and fight hem with your power and promises.
We ask that you will help him find his identity in Christ (loved as a son no matter what he does) and not based on how he measures up to his his brother (the firstborn) and his sister (the baby of the family). Make him to believe that you give us our identity (with all its privileges) when we believe in Jesus for salvation, and there is nothing he must do to earn this identity.
Help him to praise you for the differences between he, his brother, and his sister. May he embrace the strengths and gifts you have given him (no matter how different they are from his siblings’) and use them to honor you as Savior and Lord.
Cause him to love his brother and sister deeply, seeing them as friends and blessings instead of rivals. Give Justin the grace to fight bitterness and jealousy toward his brother and sister and pursue a camaraderie that encourages strong faith and fervent worship.
Help Justin to see his placement in the middle of the siblings as your grace to him, and by your grace may he turn every temptation to complain about it into and opportunity for praise and growth.
God, please help us, as his parents, to remember these temptations he will face and give us the hearts we need to love him as you love all your children in Christ: without favoritism.
In Jesus’ excellent name, Amen.