Prayer for week of August 3 — Vocation Awareness Week

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This week is National Vocation Awareness Week.  We are continuing to pray for the calling of God on our children’s lives.  Join us?  Let’s keep the young people in this country covered in prayer and ask the Lord to call them into His service. “Pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest. Matthew 9:38Vocations

“Everybody has a vocation to some form of life work. But, behind that and deeper than that, everybody has a vocation to be a person, to be fully and deeply a human being, to be Christ-like. And the second thing is more important than the first. It is more important to be a great person than a great teacher, butcher, or candlestick maker. And if the only chance of succeeding in the second is to fail in the first, the failure, from God’s point of view, is fruitful.” (Fr. Brennan Manning)

This week, as we are praying for our children’s vocations, pray for the grace to release them into whatever the Lord has for them.  We are guiding our young adults into a time in their life where they are discerning God’s will for their futures.  We want them to be successful, to be happy, to be fulfilled.  But, first and foremost we want them to be Christ’s–to belong fully to the Lord.  And with that we want them to be fearless, courageous, compassionate, generous, self-sacrificing and not-of-this-world.  And we never want to put an obstacle in the way of them following where the Lamb leads them.

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4

Join us as we pray for our children’s vocations:

  • May our children walk in truth. 3 John 1:4
  • May our children be strong and very courageous. Joshua 1:7
  • May our children pursue justice, mercy and humility before God. Micah 6:8
  • May our children prosper and be in health, even as their souls prosper. 3 John 1:2
  • May our children have wisdom to discover and discern the will of the Lord. Ephesians 5:10

The prayer of Jabez, adapted: “Oh, that You would bless [insert your child’s name] indeed, and enlarge [my child’s] territory, that Your hand would be with [my child], and that You would keep him/her from evil, that [my child] may not cause pain!”  I Chronicles 4:10

Lord, help our children to know the road you have chosen for them; may they give you glory and attain salvation. Sustain them with your strength, and let them not be satisfied with easy goals. Enlighten us, their parents that we may help them to recognize  their calling in life and respond to it generously. May we put no obstacle in the way of your inner guidance. Amen. (From the Prayer Book for Spouses, Ignatius Press and Catholic Truth Society)


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