Maybe you’ve tried every Biblical parenting method I have mentioned over the past several days — addressing your children’s hearts, loving them and exercising discipline when necessary, and protecting them from the influences of our sinful culture — and your kids still aren’t turning out right. What should you do now?

This poem shows one effective means of persevering through your parenting challenges: prayer.

Father, hear us, we are praying.
Hear the words our hearts are saying.
We are praying for our children.

Keep them from the powers of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril.
Father, hear us for our children.

From the worldling’s hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Father, Father, keep our children.

Through life’s troubled waters steer them.
Through life’s bitter battles cheer them.
Father, Father, be Thou near them.

And wherever they may bide,
Lead them home at eventide.
— Amy Carmichael

There comes a point in parenting — and in life — when you have done all that you can do, and your only recourse is to put the outcome in God’s hands. Prayer communicates to God that you are ready to trust Him with the situation — your teenage son’s walk with God, the adjustments your family has to make because of your daughter’s health condition, the learning curve your children must experience as they prepare for adult life after high school, your son or daughter’s wisdom in the selection of godly friends and a spiritually-minded spouse, or your kids’ safety as they are away from home in college. Prayer can also bring an awareness of God’s presence during your most difficult days as a parent, so you don’t have to feel like you are parenting alone.

Are you worried about your kids? As a parent of two daughters, I can relate to your concerns. But I have learned that God enables us to do what He requires of us — and He requires that we pray for our kids.

Once you have done your job in parenting, trust God with the results. You won’t regret it.

The child of many prayers shall never perish. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.