We need humility, Father, to accept correction. Put humility within our children and grandchildren. May they not despise the discipline and correction that come from you, parents, teachers and other authority figures in their lives. Instead, may they embrace it and consider it joy, knowing that such discipline and correction is a sign of love.
Job 5: 17 But consider the joy of those corrected by God! Do not despise the discipline of the Almighty when you sin.
Psalm 94:12 Joyful are those you discipline, Lord, those you teach with your instructions.
Lord, help them not wander away from correction and discipline, but place a hunger within them to walk the road of wisdom.
Proverbs 15:10 Whoever abandons the right path will be severely disciplined; whoever hates correction will die.
We ask that our children and grandchildren would not require the severe discipline that comes from abandoning the right path. May they not scoff at wisdom, thinking they know better. But if they do wander, do what is necessary to restore them to the right path. We do not want to see them go down the path of foolishness, destruction and ultimately death. So discipline when needed, and may they learn quickly from your discipline, long before it becomes severe.
Proverbs 12:1 To learn, you must love discipline; it is stupid to hate correction.
Proverbs 15:32 If you reject discipline, you only harm yourself; but if you listen to correction, you grow in understanding
Father, help our children and grandchildren grow to love discipline and correction, knowing that they are truly sources of protection and signs of love. As they watch others, open their eyes to see that hating correction really is stupid, and that rejecting discipline really does only harm oneself.
May they not have to learn all their lessons the hard way. We ask that their hearts would be open and filled with humility, embracing the discipline and correction that comes from you, parents, teachers and others in authority. As we pray this over them, may the same be true of us. Thank you, Father, for your loving correction and discipline. We are filled with joy that you love us enough to correct and discipline us. Keep it coming!