We are all rebellious and ungrateful children.  Some like the prodigal son, have ignored wise counsel thinking that we possess sufficient wisdom. Some like the elder brother, honor our parents with our lips, but hold resentment in our hearts, Father forgive us.

Lord, as parents, we have all sinned against our children. We have used our children to make us look good before others, and resented and punished them when they have failed. We have pressured them to fulfill our own hopes and dreams rather than to pursue your unique purpose for them.  Father you are kind and merciful,  pursue our prodigal hearts that we might know our dependence upon you.  We pray this in the name of Jesus.