This is a prayer for my daughter Amber as she will be moving to college in just a few days. It is inspired by Psalm 144:1-2, 12 and Psalm 118:28-30
I bless you for you are my Rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. To whatever you call me, for that you will prepare me, and you will carry me through it.
So I pray for my daughter Amber, as she heads off to college that you would be her Rock; that she would find her strength, not in family or friends who are no longer near, but in you alone. Prepare her hands for the war to which you've called her, her fingers for the battle. Be her steadfast love and fortress; her stronghold and deliverer; her shield where she can find refuge. If school work seems overwhelming, be her refuge; if homesickness tries to depress her, display your steadfast love; if the enemy tries to attack, be her fortress; if a different climate seems stifling, refresh her soul; if she feels weak, be her stronghold. As she faces a new level of music, a band far better than any she's been in, may her fingers be ready to play and her heart in tune with you, the source of all music.
May she be like a corner pillar cut for the palace. As a corner pillar, give her incredible inward strength to face anything that comes her way; allow her to be a stronghold for other freshman girls; for others in the band; for those on her dorm wing; for any others who may be struggling. As a pillar cut for the palace, may she show incredible beauty. May those who see her, see your beauty in her; may she be a winsome person that draws others to you; may she demonstrate your beauty in purity and integrity; may she be like Jesus in all she is and does.
Lord you are the one who lights our darkness. For Amber, light her lamp, be a light in her darkness. When the darkness of being away from all that is familiar tries to overwhelm her, be her light; may your word be the lamp to her feet and the light for her path. By you, she can run against a troop; by you she can scale any wall. Whatever challenges come her way, she can handle them in you, for she can do all things through Christ who strengthens her.
Your way is perfect; your word proves true; you are a shield for all who take refuge in you.