A Prayer for Our Daughters

VICAR

Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that by now You are well-recovered from last week’s cricket heroics. If You didn’t believe in miracles a week ago, You do now!

This week I would like to focus on our daughters. As fathers it is inbuilt in our DNA to protect our daughters above all. We tend to interview boyfriends, worry about our daughters’ friends, make sure there is a safe lift at the end of the night, and we become a different kind of creature around our daughters, which often annoys them! This week let us ponder how we can perform this role in better ways. Let us reflect on our friends and family with daughters and how they too could improve their daughter relationships with a bit of sound advice.

In today’s world with its feminist activists and diversity enforcers it is easy for our daughters to think they are equal. They are. But they are faced earlier than boys with pressures which some ride through and others struggle through – even within families daughters have varying experiences of youth. Let us think this through and ask whether we are communicating well with our daughters.

Those readers who are daughters, do You thank your mother enough? Do You take your parents for granted? If You have lost your parent or parents do You pray for them as much as You should? Go and visit their graves or throw some flowers in the sea.

I was with the Editor at his home in the countryside this week and mulling over subjects for prayers for the future. His daughter Isabella came up with this topic and it is her 11th birthday today, so happy birthday, Isabella. Have a wonderful day.

God bless You all this Sunday. Enjoy today wherever You are. Have a calm and successful week ahead. Rest your nerves – just ten days to go until the Ashes start!

Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my daughter. Keep evil far from her, and help her to trust You as her refuge and strength. I pray You will guard her mind from harmful instruction, and grant her discernment to recognise truth. I pray You will make her strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognising that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help her to find rest in Your shadow, as she lives in the spiritual shelter You provide for her. Let her know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that her home on earth is only temporary. In Jesus name,

Amen.