Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


A Parents’ Prayer for the Safety of our Children

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Brent and Kelly King of San Diego, California are living every parent’s nightmare. On Tuesday searchers found the body of their 17 year old daughter, Chelsea. She had been raped and then murdered. The following day police arrested John Albert Gardner III, 30, a registered sex offender, and charged him in the case. I can only imagine the trauma the Kings are enduring.

We live in a dangerous, sometimes brutal world. Our children are really never safe. And once they are out of sight, they are often beyond our control. Our arms are not long enough or strong enough to always and forever guard them. It’s at times like this that we turn to prayer, and throw our trust on the One who is always there, and faithful, and strong, and good. We pray for the Kings for comfort. We pray for our own children for supernatural protection, and for ourselves, peace.

God, this world is hostile. And sometimes violence and pain fall on good and innocent people. As parents we see this and the insecurity these threats spark in us are sometimes immobilizing. We cannot insure the safety of our own children. Our reach is too short, and we can never even anticipate all the risks they might face. Often our imaginations run wild. Our fears for our children – and for ourselves seeing our children in danger or pain – can overwhelm us. God, when we come to the end of our ability to control things we turn to you. We ask for your protection over our children, over their choices, over the friends they make, over the encounters they have with other adults. God, stand guard. We do not always understand how your protection works, and why some who call to you are seemingly not kept safe. Still, we ask for your presence in the lives of our kids. Who else can we trust, but we? We certainly cannot secure their lives ourselves. And you do promise to guard and protect when we ask. ‘The Lord is my refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.’ This is the promise we claim for our children. Be ever present with them, and keep them from danger and sickness and violence and foolishness and accidents of nature. Send angels to be beside them today. When we can’t trust ourselves, we trust you. In Jesus…”



  • Sabrina Jefferson

    It is my prayer that our Father will give you the peace and understanding that you need at this time. I could only imagine what you are going through at this time however my prayers and condolsences are with you.

  • Your Name

    MY PRAYER FOR THE KING FAMILY.MAY GOD COMFORT YOU IN THIS HOUR OF GRIEF.MAY WE NOT FORGET THAT GOD HAVE LOST HIS SON TOO BY DYING ON THE CROSS FOR OUR SALVATION,SO GOD KNOWS ABOUT LOSING LOVE ONES,BUT REJOICE TOO WHEN THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD WILL FALL ON US AND HELP US UNDERSTAND THAT OUR LOVE ONE HAS GONE HOME TO BE WITH HIM NO MATTER HOW TRAGIC THE CAUSE OF OUR SEPARATION,WE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT GOD IS THE BEGINNING AND THE ENDING,THE ALPHA AND OMEGA ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURE,AND GOD IS THE HEALER TOO IF WE ALLOW HIM.
    THANKS!

  • Your Name

    I worry every day about my teenagers as well I pray they make wise decisions, and make sure they always know I am a phone call away. I pray for this family and all families with children for their safety in this world.

  • charlotte

    my prayers are with you for i know how you feel i too lost a child the crime was different but anytime you loose a love one its very painful we do need to pray for our children may god bless and strengthen you

  • kristy

    may give you great comfort and strenth during this difficult times. so sorry and peace be with you.

  • C. BRIGHTMAN

    Lord We Pray that this Beautiful Family will be comforted by your love, your healing, Help them Lord to Heal,Comfort them with your LOVE Lord – and I pray their Church Family and Caring Christian Friends will be close by their side at all times. So MANY People are Lifting this Family up in their daily Prayers – and remembering them in their Prayers.

  • Susan

    I pray for this family dear God. Please give them the strength to go on. Please surround them with your love and carry them through this devastating time in their lives. You promise to walk with us, and carry us when we cannot walk. I pray for all of the children, that they are protected from this evilness in the world. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

  • lori wood

    “Blessed are the children for they shall be the ones, the ones to inter the heavens of God.” words spoken straigh from Jesus the son of God Almighty him slef.

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