“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Respect the authorities, whatever their level; they are God’s emissaries for keeping order. It is God’s will that by doing good, you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you’re a danger to society. Exercise your freedom by serving God, not by breaking the rules. Treat everyone you meet with dignity. Love your spiritual family. Revere God. Respect the government.”
I Peter 2:13-17 (The Message)
Father, I pray that my sons would make You proud by being good citizens in their schools, activities, communities, and world.
Help them to respect the authorities you have placed over them and to show that respect through their words, attitude, and conduct, even when they don’t agree or understand.
Remind them that they are emissaries of Christ’s love and grace.
Cause them to exercise their freedom by serving You and not merely their own interests.
As school is coming to a close, help them to finish the race strong, continuing to work hard, listening to Your Spirit and us, as parents, checking their attitudes, involvements, and time management.
Impress on them to treat others with dignity and love those of the faith, revering You, God, and respecting authority.
In Christ’s name I pray for my young men, Amen.