one of my favorite authors is jan karon who wrote the
mitford series about a quaint little town nestled in the hills
of north carolina. she is a retired advertising executive, so
her prose is spare yet lovely. her characters are quirky,
and their conversation is authentic and inspiring.
the most beloved is father tim, an episcopalian priest and
shepherd of the village, who loves to pray 'the prayer that
never fails', "Thy will be done."
when praying for my children, i search the bible for the
scriptures that seem most fitting for the situation. then i
just insert my loved one's name.
for instance, if any are struggling with their future i might
pray, "Lord, please fulfill Your purpose for shelby and dan
. . . and please do not abandon the works of Your hands."
i believe so fervently in the power of God's word, that it
seems only natural to pray it. more importantly, it protects
me from vain or selfish prayers that may have nothing to do
with His will or purpose.