A Parent’s Prayer for the Conversion of a Child

As parents, we encountered numerous challenges ranging from placing a child on the right path to ensuring that the child remains on that path. Every phase comes with it’s struggles. In more cases than none, we are faced with the tasky situation of having to change a hard-headed child for good. A child who seems to be blind to his own mistakes. It could be a case of a child who is always angry, on edge, full of hate and disrespectful or a child who steals continually without a thought or even a child who just never listens.

As in the case of St Augustine who lived a loose life, St Monica his mother prayed for such a long time for him to be converted and miraculously, he was converted. In same way, you should never give up on that child who causes you great worries. Make this prayer to God trusting that like St Augustine, your child will be converted:

“Heart of Jesus, I humbly kneel before Thee, adoring Thee as the Heart of my Lord and my God.
Pardon the sins by which I have offended Thee and rendered myself unworthy of Thy blessings. For Thine Own sake, for the honor and glory of Thine infinite mercy, listen to my prayer for grace and salvation for my child who has strayed. From all eternity Thou hast loved him (her); have mercy on him (her) now. Thou wantest my son (daughter) to be converted and live. Effect in him (her) what Thou haast decreed. From the Cross Thou drew all to Thyself; loosen the bonds in which he (she) lies chained. Thou hast bought him (her) at a great price; take possession of Thy property. Lead him (her) to the fountain of pardon and grace which Thou hast opened in Thy Church that he (she) may receive new life.

Heart of Jesus, listen to the prayers of Thy Blessed Mother and of Thy Saints for this my child. Listen to my prayers, for Thou canst not hear unmoved a mother’s prayer for her child. Grant me what is dearest to me on earth, the salvation of my child, and I will eternally praise Thy Holy Name. Amen”.

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“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” Saint Augustine of Hippo

Disclaimer: Prayer is not magic. God indeed answers prayers but sometimes His answer is either No or Not Now. Don't be discouraged when your prayers are not met immediately or even later. Keep trusting God who is good all the time. Thank you.

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