"I pray that you, being rooted and firmly established in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the length and width, height and depth of God’s love, and to know the Messiah’s love that surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled with all the fullness of God" (Ephesians 3:17b-19, HCSB).
This is my prayer for my daughter, my little almost two-year-old who is already showing her humanity. Even at this young age she displays stubbornness, tears, disobedience and anger. Not very often, mind you, but there are moments where she is definitely a sinful human being. My prayer is that my husband and I are doing right by her. That we're teaching her, day-in and day-out, what it's like to love and worship God. That we are setting the foundations in place for her to realize her own need for a Savior, Jesus Christ. I pray that she will grow up rooted and well-loved. That she will truly see how great God's love is for her!
It's the same prayer I have for my other loved ones as well. Perhaps I haven't always expressed it as well as I should. Perhaps I haven't always been as outspoken as I could be. But I do pray it over their lives. All those I love are covered in prayer, day after day, year after year.
Because God's love for us is that amazing. It's my entire reason for living.
My prayer today is focused on my daughter, though. That she will realize God's love in her, unique life. That she would be on fire for Christ at an early age, and keep the fire going throughout her life.
Because, believe it or not, God loves her even more than I.