“Dear God, please help me to abide by your will, so that my life, which was Your gift to me, may be my gift to you. Love, …” My youngest son’s prayer when he was 14.
My middle son wrote this at 12. He wanted to be a priest.
“Jesus, I want to do everything You want me to do, and be everything You want me to be, filled with Your life and love, flowing like a fountain to others as Your holy priest.
Please prepare my mind, my heart my soul, my body, and keep me safe in You.
I give myself to You. I know You accept me.
Holy Spirit guide and inspire me always.
Mother, let me delight and comfort you by my life.
Jesus, let Your heart be mine.
Let me care for You in all Your little ones.”
(My eldest son didn’t write a prayer. He just said, "Mummy, could you please ask our Lady to always keep a spiritual rose in front of her for me,
and a spiritual candle burning in front of her for me.)
I know this isn’t what you were asking for but while scrolling through my journal and coming on these prayers of my young sons, I thought of you.
And since I’m going down memory lane, and in Lent 1980 I found I had a vocation to pray for priests, and I’m doubtless older than you, I’ll pray for you this prayer I wrote for my eldest on his tenth birthday,
Our Father, my son, Your gift to me, I give to You
May he belong to You his whole life through.
Within his soul Your Spirit already shows,
May your power within him deepen as he grows.
Let his life be lived according to Your plan,
To follow Your will as boy as youth as man.
Show him Your way of compassion and love and peace,
Let Your goodness and power and love in him increase.
His weaknesses and faults I pray Your heart forgives,
In Your pure sight, perfect his spirit while he lives.