Bedtime Prayers

When it’s my turn to put Heidi and Ben to bed at night, I say the same closing prayer, after we pray for friends and family (and dolls and stuffed animals and leaf collections and bikes and trikes, etc.) of course.  I’m not exactly sure how this prayer came to be… except that it’s my hope and dream for both of my children.  The theology behind this prayer is very intentional. It’s holisitc; it’s all-encompassing– mind, heart and body.  The faith I’m praying for involves their inner world and their outer world– belief and practice, saying and doing, agreeing to and acting on.

Ben has started to say this prayer with me now, which is such a blessing! Hopefully the theology will sink so deeply into his soul that he won’t be able to forget it! I don’t want my children to grow up thinking that saying they believe in Jesus is enough. Faith without praxis is no faith at all. Faith expressing itself in love is EVERYTHING.

On that note, for whatever it’s worth, here’s my little closing prayer:

Lord, may Heidi grow up to KNOW you and LOVE you and SERVE you, with her WHOLE HEART and her WHOLE LIFE. Amen.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Aunt Brenda
    Nov 22, 2008 @ 19:30:26

    Krisanne, I like the prayer you use when tucking Heidi and Ben in bed. May I use it when I tuck our grandchildren in bed? Lynn and I desite that they grow to know Christ, to love Christ, and to serve Him with their whole hearts and their whole lives.

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