Being new parents can be overwhelming– you lack sleep, you are emotional, and yet thrilled at the miraculous gift of life.
May this prayer help new parents to renew their strength and purpose, lift it all to God in prayer, and trust Him. (Read: A Blessing Prayer for Newborn Babies)
Prayer For New Parents
You understand what it’s like to enter a new world. In Jesus, You Yourself became a baby, helpless and vulnerable, and You navigated this place as human and God in one form. You went from stage to stage in this life, growing and stretching, and somehow, beyond what we can fathom, You became familiar with dying to self, as fully God but also fully man, so we could be made new.
I pray that as they are being shaped in the fires of new parenthood, they would see Jesus walking the way ahead of them, that they would see how each trial reveals their own humanity and how much they need to depend on You. I pray they would have Christ in mind when they can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, knowing that they are being made more like Him as this season requires them to sacrifice themselves daily — their sleep, their strength, their routines, their minds, their bodies.
When they’re overwhelmed by their inadequacies, I pray You’d remind them You’re with them in it all. You’re there when they can’t understand what their baby’s cries mean. You’re there with each diaper change, with each feeding. You’re there when no one else sees the tears that are shed, and it seems impossible to keep going. You’re there in the all-consuming love they’ll feel as they watch their baby sleep.
God, You are the ultimate parent, whose perfect love shows us how to love our own children, so teach them how to love like You do, how to parent like You do. Give them Your heart, Your help, Your strength. Give them grace and sanity to make it through another day.
Thank you for the privilege and joy of being parents and for being our perfect Father.
In Christ’s name we pray,