Looking for prayers for family and loved ones that will encourage and inspire you? As we begin a New Year, we can commit to praying for our families with more passion and fervor. No matter how much success we achieve in our careers, or how much we excel in our personal hobbies and interests, what matters most in life is our relationship with God and our family relationships.
Let’s resolve in our hearts to enter the Lord’s presence on behalf of our family, and to pray for God’s blessings and favor to reign in the lives of our family members. Take a look at these 12 powerful prayers for family, and feel free to print a FREE printable version of these prayers at the end of this post!
Prayers for Family Protection and Guidance
But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.Psalm 5:11
Prayer: Lord, spread your protection over my family. Guide them and keep them, and help them to trust in you each day. Be with my family as they go about their daily lives. Cover them with your protection, and guard their going out and they’re coming in, both now and forevermore (Psalm 121: 8). Amen.
Prayers for Family Relationships
For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”Psalm 122:8
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my family and friends. May your peace be with them each day. I pray that there will be unity and joy within my family. Help everyone to get along well with each other, and to encourage and strengthen each other each day. Help us to continue to gather together as a family for events, functions and holidays. Surround us with your protection as we meet together and fellowship with each other. Amen.
Prayer for Mothers and Fathers
“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
Prayer for Mothers: Lord, I thank you for my mother. Thank you for the wonderful, sweet person that she is. Thank you for all the things that she has taught me over the years. I pray a special blessing over my mom right now. Guide her and protect her, and surround her with your love and favor. Bless her each day as she seeks your face. Help her as lives out the calling and purpose you have placed in her life.
Open doors for her to continue to be a blessing to those around her. Help her to know that she is deeply loved by you and by her family. Amen.
Prayer for Fathers: Lord, I thank you for my dad. Thank you for how he has provided for his family over the years. Protect him and bless him, and give him strength in his body each day. Help him to connect with other men who can encourage him to be a godly husband and father. Thank you for the leader that he is in our family. May he seek your face each day, and trust in you for his calling and purpose. Amen.
Prayers for Grandparents
May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.Psalm 128:6
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my grandparents. Thank you for the wonderful blessing they are in our lives. Thank you for the wisdom that they have gained over the years. Help them to grow and gain knowledge and wisdom in your Word. Thank you for the beacon of light that they have been in our family. Surround them with your favor and protection, and guard them in all their ways.
May they enjoy the many blessings of this life, and may they pass down your grace and truth to the next generation. Amen.
Prayers for Children
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.Psalm 8:2
Prayer: Lord, thank you for the wonderful blessing of our children. Thank you for their innocence, and for their sheer joy of life. Help us to teach our children the beauty and greatness of your Word. May they know that your word is a lamp to their feet and a light for their paths. May they gain wisdom from your Scriptures to guide their lives each day. Help us to teach them the importance of spending time with you in prayer. Above all else, help them to cultivate life-giving relationships with you and with others. Amen.
Prayers for Teens
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.1 Timothy 4:12
Prayer: Lord, I pray for the teens in my family and in my community. Help them to know that they are cherished and loved by you and by their families. As they grow and mature into young adults, teach them the skills they need to know to maintain a good quality of life. Most importantly, teach them how to grow in their relationship with you.
Help them to make good, sound decisions as they consider what to do in their adult years. Bless them as they pursue their studies and do well in school. Help them to choose good friends who will encourage them and inspire them to do what is right. Protect them from the evil one, and from the ills and woes of social media. Help them to value in-person relationships with their family and friends. Amen.
Prayers for Husbands and Wives
Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.1 Peter 3:1-2
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.1 Peter 3:7
Prayer for Wives: Lord, I pray for wives everywhere. Thank you for the solid rock that they are and their families. Thank you for their desire to serve and love their families. Thank you for their willingness to put their family first above their own needs. Help them to know that they are deeply loved by you. Bless their relationships with their husbands.
Though marriage comes with many challenges, help them to not give up. Help them to trust that your plan for their marriage is good, pleasing, and perfect. Help them to honor their husband in all that they do. Help them to trust you as they pray for and encourage their husbands each day. Amen.
Prayer for Husbands: Lord, thank you for the strong leadership role of a husband. Thank you that you are the ultimate example of how husbands are to sacrificially love and cherish their wives. Help Christian husbands to highly regard their role as a leader in their homes. Help them to serve their wives and families with grace and humility.
Teach them to love their wives as you, Lord Jesus, have loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25). Help them to set a powerful example of how to follow you with all their hearts. Help them to grow in wisdom, and to always speak your truth. Teach them to become the godly men that you have called them to be. Amen.
Prayers for Family Sibling Relationships
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.Proverbs 17:17
Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will strengthen sibling relationships. Help brothers and sisters within families to honor, love and value each other. Thank you that siblings were born to help each other in times of adversity. Strengthen the bond of sibling relationships, and may they encourage and affirm each other. Amen.
Intercessory Prayers for Family
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.James 5:16
Prayer: Lord, I pray a prayer of intercession for my family. Uplift them today, and strengthen their souls. Whatever my family is going through right now, give them the tools and wisdom to overcome any difficulty they may face. Help them to call out to you for guidance and direction. Thank you Lord that you also intercede on our behalf when we don’t have the words to pray (Romans 8:26). Give my family strength, hope and peace today. Amen.
Prayers for Family in Difficult Times
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.Psalm 30:5
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my family members who are going through a difficult time right now. You say in your Word that we will experience trouble–but we can be encouraged, because you have already overcome the world (John 16:33). Help my family to overcome the challenges they are facing right now, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Let them know that you are with them, and that you will never leave or abandon them.
During this difficult time, help my family to reach out to you in prayer. May they cling to your promises more than their daily bread (Job 23:12). Help them through this trial, and may they develop perseverance, hope and character through your grace and power. Amen.
Prayers for Family Unity
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!Psalm 133:1
Prayer: Lord, I prayed for unity within our family. Although we may have our differences in opinion on certain matters, may those differences never break the fellowship of our family unit. Unite us together in love. Help us to be intentional about spending time together as a family. Help us to uplift, encourage and strengthen one another through fellowship and through your Word. Amen.
Daily Prayers for Family
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.Psalm 17:6
Prayer: Lord, strengthen my family each day. Help us to love and cherish each other on a daily basis. Help us to forgive when we have wronged each other. Give us grace to make mistakes, and to help each other when we are down or discouraged. Help us to intentionally spend time together as a family, and to spend time together in your Word as a family. May we gather daily at the dinner table, and enjoy good food and fellowship. Strengthen our family bond, and sustain us each day. Amen.
Prayers for Family–Free Printable Prayers
Feel free to print these prayers for your family and place them somewhere in your home where you will see them and remember to pray for your family daily!
May these prayers for your family and loved ones fill you with encouragement and strength as we seek the Lord each day on behalf of our family.
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