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A Prayer for a son

O may the Lord smile upon the child–early lead to saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and emily him in Thy service. My own desire is that he may early become a child of God by faith in Jesus Christ and may live to the glory of Him who loved us and gave Himself for us.

–Basil Manly Sr.’s prayer for his six-year old son, Basil Jr., who had asked his father to compose a prayer for him that he might “pray for his father and mother and anybody that is anything to him. Quoted in Thomas J. Nettles, James Petigru Boyce: A Southern Statesman (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2009), 32