O Lord, Whose power is infinite and wisdom infallible, order things that they may neither hinder, nor discourage him, nor prove obstacles to the progress of Thy cause. Stand between him and all strife, that no evil befall, no sin corrupt his gifts, zeal, attainments. May he follow duty and not any foolish device of his own. Permit him not to labour at work which Thou wilt not bless, that he may serve thee without disgrace or debt. Let him dwell in Thy most secret place under thy shadow, where is safe impenetrable protection from the arrow that flieth by day, the pestilence that walketh in darkness, the strife of tongues, the malice of ill-will, the hurt of unkind talk, the snares of company, the perils of youth, the temptations of middle life, the mournings of old age, the fear of death. May he be entirely dependent upon Thee for support, counsel, consolation. Uphold him by Thy free Spirit, and may he not think it enough to be preserved from falling, but may he always go forward, always abounding in the work Thou givest him to do. Strengthen him by Thy Spirit in his inner self for every purpose of his Christian life. May he give all his jewels to the shadow of the safety that is in Thee—his name anew in Christ, his body, soul, talents, character, his success, wife, children, friends, work, his present, his future, his end. Take them, may they be Thine, and may he be thine, now and for ever.
(From The Valley of Vision: A collection of Puritan Prayers and devotions- tweaked just slightly).