Prayer During Child Custody Issues
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you that you are a Father and that you understand all of my feelings and love and great desires for the well being of the children you have given me to love, nurture and care for.
I thank you that when Jesus was baptized, you felt great pride and said, “You are my Son whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” (Mark 1:11) I thank you for giving these children to me. They are such a precious gift from you. Here are some of the things I love most about being in their lives….(list your own items).
I thank you that you gave custody of your own son Jesus to earthly parents to raise knowing that there would be times when they failed to understand Him and times they couldn’t be there for Him. I offer up to Jesus the times that I felt I might have failed to be the parent I wanted to be and the times I couldn’t be there for my children …
Today Father, I am very concerned about the future of my children. My heart is aching and breaking. I offer up to you the specific circumstances that we are facing …(list your circumstances).
Show me how to express love to my children in ways that they will understand. Give me wisdom well beyond my own on what to tell them and what not to tell them about the custody issue…
Keep the lines of communication open between me and my children. I pray your power against all physical and psychological interferences that would block me from my children. Protect against all false and misleading statements made to my children including…(list your own items here).
I pray that the truth will come to light in all areas, particularly in…(personalize).
I pray that you will show me a way to vent my frustration, anger and sense of injustice in healthy ways without having it boil over and cause problems. Here are the things that I am angry about. Thank you that you are listening…
I pray that you will give discernment to all judges, lawyers, social workers, mediators and child advocates so that they might make sound, wise decisions concerning my children. Give them hearts of love; make them good judges of character. I also pray that Jesus will be my advocate as it says in the Bible. (Romans 8:34; I John 2:1) I pray that Jesus will be my advocate in…(list areas).
I pray for protection for my children when I am not able to be there with them. Father, when I am not with my children, here are the unhealthy influences that I pray you protect them against…(list specifics).
I pray for the person(s) who are causing the difficulties that you will place limits and boundaries on their realm of influence. Help them to see beyond their own personal agendas, motives, controlling behavior and personality problems. Stir up in their hearts love for these children. Help them desire more than all else to provide the children with a stable, loving, protective, healthy home atmosphere. Help the relationship between the person involved and myself to be rational, cooperative, sensible and focused on the well being of the children and not on any past issues between us such as…(list specifics).
And finally, I pray for wisdom and guidance as to what specific steps I need to take in this situation. I now listen for your guidance, knowing that when I take the first step, you’ll guide me to the next…
Thank you, loving Father.
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