Prayer for my child

by Shaila (USA)

(Lord God, You chose our Daughter for me and I thank You for the gift she is to me. I thank you for filling my child with numerous gifts, talents, and abilities.)

My Child has a good conscience and desire to live honorably and obedient, not conforming to the things of the flesh. Heb 13:18, 1Pet 1:14

My Child is taught of the Lord and continues to be the fruit of godly instruction and correction. Isa 54:13, Prov 13:1

My Child will fear the Lord & serve Him and being clothed with humility. Deuteronomy 6:13, 1Pet 5:5

My Child will be single-hearted and wholly committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and her life will bear the fruit of the Spirit .Romans 12:1-2, Galatians 5:22,23

My Child will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong friends and those who would corrupt her. Proverbs 10,11,19

My child ?s conduct is without covetousness she will by no means follow strangers, not knowing their voices. John 10:5, Heb 13:5

My Child will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist Satan in all circumstances and she is safe, Because Jesus keeps her safe, the wicked one does not touch her. James 4:7, 1Jn 5:18

My child will have Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and she obey her parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Corinthians 1:3 , Colossians 3:201
My Child is an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. My Child does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. 1 Timothy 4:12 , Psalm1:1

My Child delights in the law of the LORD, and on his law she meditates day and night. She Trusts in the LORD with all her heart and lean not on her own understanding Psalm1:2, Proverbs3:5

My Child will be delivered, from the hands of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. My Child walk with the wise grows wise, and she is instructed and taught by God .God will counsel and watch over my child. Psalm 32:8, Proverbs 13:20, Psalm 71:4

My Child will Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. 2 Timothy 2:22

God is my child?s powerful protector, He strengthens and rescues my child from all evil, from all enemies, when tempted, from all danger and disaster and calamities. Psalms 121:7,8.

My child is the body of Christ and Satan has no power over my child. Jesus paid the price for victory for my child. Rom. 12:21,2 Corinthians 2:14.

My Child will prosper in all things and be in health, just as her soul prospers and God shall supply all her needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus 3John 2, . Phil 4:19

My Child can do all things through Christ who strengthens her and she has the desire for the things of God. Phil 4:13,Mathew 5:6.

My Child is blessed with Gods bread and water. And God will take sickness away from the midst of my child. Ex 23:25

The future of my child is blessed and she lives under a heavy anointing, and she is destined to live in victory .Jeremiah29:11, Isaiah 10:27,Romans 5:17.

My child lives in prosperity in any area and Gods blessings are upon me and on my Child and the good hand of God is upon my child. Psalm 35:27, Isaiah 44:3, Nehemah 2:8

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by Tania (Hinesville, Ga)

Lord I pray for my child. Her father and I had a very rocky relationship he was abusive he is a very very evil person he criticized me deeply because I believe in God and had my child baptized I finally removed his evilness from our lives and he has left us alone until he found out that I’ve moved on from him and have a healthy loving relationship with another man who loves not only me but my two year old daughter and now he wants visitation with my child I pray that the state sees what is best for my sweet child that I have been blessed with, please pray that her best interest is kept in mind and that the right thing be done, and give me the strength during this difficult time. Amen.

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Virgin Mother, my Mother, watch over them …

Virgin Mother, my Mother, come to the aid of my children!

May your blessing accompany them, guard them, and defend them. May it encourage them, sustain them in every difficulty, and in every place.

When they go off to work or to play, when they move from place to place, at every step they take, Virgin Mother, my Mother, watch over them.

When they face challenges and suffering, when the Evil One tries to seduce them with the attractions of pleasure, of violence, of temptation, of bad example, Virgin Mother, my Mother, watch over them.

Virgin Mother, watch over them and preserve them from every evil.

When they approach the Sacred Banquet to be fed with the Bread of Angels, with the Word that was made flesh in your womb, Virgin Mother, my Mother, bless my children.

When at night they prepare to rest so as to rise again with new energy, watch over their slumber and make each new day a step toward their eternal Homeland.

Virgin Mother, my Mother, bless my children, descend over them, in the day and in the night, in moments of joy and moments of sadness, in health and in sickness, in life and in death.

Bring them to live with you forever in eternity. Amen.

A Prayer for My Daughter

by William Butler Yeats

Once more the storm is howling, and half hid
Under this cradle-hood and coverlid
My child sleeps on. There is no obstacle
But Gregory’s wood and one bare hill
Whereby the haystack- and roof-leveling wind.
Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed;
And for an hour I have walked and prayed
Because of the great gloom that is in my mind.

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,
And under the arches of the bridge, and scream
In the elms above the flooded stream;
Imagining in excited reverie
That the future years had come,
Dancing to a frenzied drum,
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.

May she be granted beauty and yet not
Beauty to make a stranger’s eye distraught,
Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,
Being made beautiful overmuch,
Consider beauty a sufficient end,
Lose natural kindness and maybe
The heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend.

Helen being chosen found life flat and dull
And later had much trouble from a fool,
While that great Queen, that rose out of the spray,
Being fatherless could have her way
Yet chose a bandy-legged smith for man.
It’s certain that fine women eat
A crazy salad with their meat
Whereby the Horn of Plenty is undone.

In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful;
Yet many, that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,
And many a poor man that has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.

May she become a flourishing hidden tree
That all her thoughts may like the linnet be,
And have no business but dispensing round
Their magnanimities of sound,
Nor but in merriment begin a chase,
Nor but in merriment a quarrel.
O may she live like some green laurel
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.

My mind, because the minds that I have loved,
The sort of beauty that I have approved,
Prosper but little, has dried up of late,
Yet knows that to be choked with hate
May well be of all evil chances chief.
If there’s no hatred in a mind
Assault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.

An intellectual hatred is the worst,
So let her think opinions are accursed.
Have I not seen the loveliest woman born
Out of the mouth of Plenty’s horn,
Because of her opinionated mind
Barter that horn and every good
By quiet natures understood
For an old bellows full of angry wind?

Considering that, all hatred driven hence,
The soul recovers radical innocence
And learns at last that it is self-delighting,
Self-appeasing, self-affrighting,
And that its own sweet will is Heaven’s will;
She can, though every face should scowl
And every windy quarter howl
Or every bellows burst, be happy still.

And may her bridegroom bring her to a house
Where all’s accustomed, ceremonious;
For arrogance and hatred are the wares
Peddled in the thoroughfares.
How but in custom and in ceremony
Are innocence and beauty born?
Ceremony’s a name for the rich horn,
And custom for the spreading laurel tree.

Literary Analysis

“A Prayer for My Daughter” is a reflection of the poet’s love for his daughter. It is also about surviving the turmoil of the contemporary world, where passions have been separated from reason. The setting of the poem is unspecified. The speaker is the poet himself talking to his daughter. The tone is gloomy, precarious, and frightening, as well as didactic.

The poem opens with a description of the speaker praying for his innocent infant daughter, Anne, lying in the middle of a storm “howling, and half hid.” The poet demonstrates his feelings through the use of symbols of weather. The newborn baby girl is sleeping “Under this cradle-hood and coverlid,” implying the innocence and vulnerability of Anne. Though the external world is violent, she is protected from it. The storm is a metaphor for the Irish people’s struggle for their independence, which was an uncertain political situation in Yeats’s day. He further presents the situation of the storm with “roof-leveling wind”, representing turbulence, in the midst of which the poet has “walked and prayed for this young child an hour.” Intense and threatening forces surround her like a “flooded stream.” The poet symbolizes the sea thus: “Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.” Despite his apprehensions for his child in this turbulent world, he is hopeful for her.

The poet continues on to comment on his hopes for her beauty:“May she be granted beauty and yet not.” His vacillation is that beauty in women sometimes brings disasters. For example, some such people have a difficult time choosing the right person as a life partner, and neither they can “find a friend.” The speaker lays emphasis on the need for feminine innocence. The poet advances his argument in the next stanzas by citing examples of beautiful women such as Helen of Troy, whose beauty was said to be the cause of the Trojan War. By the end, the poet wants his daughter to be courteous, as love cannot come unconditionally and freely. She must earn love with good efforts and kind-heartedness, and she cannot win it by merely physical beauty because “Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned.” Summing up his theme, the poet wishes his daughter to possess such qualities that could help her face the future years confidently and independently.

Structural Analysis

The poem is written in a lyric form containing ten stanzas with eight lines in each stanza. The poem follows a regular rhyme scheme, which is AABBCDDC as shown below:

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour  A
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,          A
And-under the arches of the bridge, and scream          B
In the elms above the flooded stream;                         B
Imagining in excited reverie                                        C
That the future years had come,                                  D
Dancing to a frenzied drum,                                        D
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.                C

The meter of this poem alternates between iambic pentameter and trochaic pentameter, as inI have walked and prayed for this young child an hour / And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower.” The poem is rich in literary devices such as symbolism, personification, paradox, sibilance, assonance, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. The line “murderous innocence of the sea” is an example of paradox. Sibilance is found in the words “sea-wind scream,” while “scream” is also an example of an onomatopoeia. The use of personification can be noted in the lines “future years … dancing”, which implies the transience of life. The poet uses symbols such as “sea wind” and “flooded stream” which denote turbulent forces at work. Alliteration is present in the phrase “be granted beauty.”

Guidance for Usage of Quotes

The poem is concerned with the chaotic modern world. It shows a father consumed with apprehension for his daughter’s future in an uncertain political situation. The father is tense about how he can possibly protect his daughter from the raging storm outside, because she is very beautiful. Therefore, he prays for her as well as gives advice about how to live successfully on earth. Similarly, modern-day fathers can send quotes from this poem to their daughters as a piece of advice for special occasions:

“In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful;
Yet many, that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,
And many a poor man that has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.”

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