My kids want me to pray with them over just about everything. When they are hurt or scared, they usually want me or my husband to pray with them. I even remember one time before bed when my three-year-old at the time wanted us to pray for her stuffed Elmo toy!
We all as parents desire that our children turn to God in prayer. Our children need to know that they can go to Him for anything–that prayer can be as natural and seamless as breathing.
No matter how old our children are, they will never outgrow their need for us to pray for them. Let’s take a look at how we can powerfully pray for our children each day.
How to Pray for your Children
When I think of praying for my children, I often think of Jesus when he was a young boy.
Although he was the Son of God and would eventually save the world from sin, he still was obedient to his earthly parents–and grew in wisdom and stature.
And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.Luke 2:52
As we pray for our children, whether they are toddlers, teens or in their adult years, we can all pray that they cultivate a heart like Jesus.
Here are three ways we can pray for them.
Pray that they Grow in Wisdom
We can pray that our children develop a reverence and honor for God–because the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. (Proverbs 9:10)
When the wisdom of God directs their lives, they will avoid so many of the pitfalls from the world and stay on the path that leads to peace and righteousness.
Pray that they Grow in Stature
Growing in stature does not merely include the physical height and weight of our children. It includes their entire health and well-being. Their mind, body, soul and spirit.
We can pray for our children’s mental health, how they manage their emotions, and for their bodies to grow healthy and strong. The Merriam-Webster dictionary also defines stature as a quality or status gained by growth, development or achievement.
This can include their life goals, education, and their future places of employment. We as parents can pray that the favor of God covers and surrounds our children in every facet of their lives–which brings me to the next way we can pray for our children…
Pray that they Grow in the Favor of God and with Others
It says in Luke 2:52 that Jesus as a young boy also grew in the favor of God and man. If Jesus grew in favor, how much more do we desire this for our children!
The Greek word for favor in this verse is charis, which means:
“the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues” (source).
Wow! What a powerful definition. May the grace and favor of our God overflow in bountiful abundance in our lives, and in the lives of our precious children!
Here are thirty-five Scriptures that you can pray over your children each day. At the end of this post be sure to download the free prayer calendar with all of these verses!
35 Scriptures to Pray Over your Children
1. Their Protection
“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. Psalm 91:14-15
Lord, I ask that you will rescue, guide, and protect my children today. Answer then when they call on you, and be with them in times of trouble. I thank you that your plans for them are good, and not for their harm. Guard them and protect them, and cover them with your favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12).
2. Their Heart
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23
Lord, I ask that you will guard my children’s heart, and that you will give them wisdom and direction in their lives. Guard their minds, their wills and emotions, and may everything that flows from their hearts be good, holy and pure.
3. Their Eternal Security
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Thank you Lord, for sending Jesus to die for my children! May they choose to accept you into their lives and hearts, and may they spend eternity with you. Help them to love and serve you all the days of their lives.
4. Their Obedience
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
Teach my children the powerful gift and blessing of obedience. Help them to understand that when they obey us as their parents, they are truly obeying and submitting to you. Help them to honor you by walking in obedience to you, and may they live long, fulfilled lives in service to you.
5. Their Relationships
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1
Lord, may my children flourish in their relationships with friends and family, and help them to seek to live together in complete unity as the body of Christ.
6. Their Friendships
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17
Lord, I ask that you will surround my children with positive, godly friendships. Give them friends who will support, encourage, and spur them on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).
7. Their Health
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
Lord, please protect my children’s health, and grant them nourishment and daily provision in their bodies. Give them the strength they need to approach each day with the power of your Holy Spirit.
8. Their Education
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance… Proverbs 1:5
Lord, give my children discernment, and add may they gain wisdom to add to their learning. Give them a hunger and thirst to understand your Word, and a desire to learn about the world around them. Help them to always know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of you is true understanding (Proverbs 9:10).
9. Their Gifts and Talents
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
Lord, thank you that you have given each of my children unique gifts, skills and talents that they can use for your glory. Help us as parents to encourage them in their gifts, so that they can use the talents and abilities they have to edify those around them.
10. Their Purity
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9
Lord, I ask today that you will guard my children’s purity by helping them live according to your Word. Help them not to conform to the patterns of this world, but to daily conform to your truth by the renewing of their minds (Romans 12:2).
35 Scriptures to Pray Over your Children
You can read and pray all 35 Scriptures over your children by downloading the free prayer calendar.
(Floral graphics in this printable are courtesy of Angie Makes)
Blessings as you pray diligently for your children! Remember that your prayers are not in vain. Continue to plant the seeds of prayer in their lives, and patiently wait for the Lord to bring the harvest!
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