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October 8, 2014

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Recently I listened to a sermon where this prayer was referenced. This prayer touched me in many ways, and I wanted to share it with all you fathers, especially fathers of sons.

Here is a father who did not want his son to have an easy, comfortable life. Here is a father that knows that challenges and trials build a child. General MacArthur, knew this and obviously understood the power of a praying father.

As you read this prayer, be encouraged to be a praying father, a strong father, an a father that leads by example.

General MacArthur’s Prayer for His Son


                                                         Douglas MacArthur

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak; and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishes will not take the place of deeds; a son who will know Thee — and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high, a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men, one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, and the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain!”

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  1. Mike Sands permalink

    How important it is that we pray for our children. Not just for their protection but also that they will grow up knowing, loving, and following the LORD.

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