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I created a list of my favorite scriptures to pray for children, which I made into a printable download that you will receive if you subscribe to my blog. I like to pray one of those scriptures daily for my children, make it applicable to their lives, and start again the following month. Or if my children are really struggling with something in particular, I’ll pray those particular scriptures over them.
But today I want to share with you the 15 specific scriptures I pray for my children. Both of them have special needs, which means I have special things I pray for them that my downloadable printable I shared before doesn’t fully convey. And so, without further ado:
1. Pray for your child’s salvation. Just because your child may be delayed does not mean we haven’t been commanded to teach our child about Jesus and salvation, and should long for our children to be saved. “All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions- it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:3-5
2. Pray that your child would love others. Lots of our children struggle with social skills. Pray that your child would continually grow in their social skills and learn how to make friends and how to love others. “Love is patient and kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrong. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
3. Pray for your child’s growth. They may be delayed in several areas, but pray that they would always “grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man.” Luke 2:52
4. Pray for your child’s speech. Your child may be nonverbal, have delayed speech and language, or have no issues with speech whatsoever. Pray that each of their words (spoken and unspoken means of communication) would be a sweet apple of gold that others could treasure. “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Proverbs 25:11 (Both of my boys are speech delayed, my older son with a speech disorder that significantly impacts his speech. I would pray daily for new words, and praise God for each new “sweet apple of gold” they learned. This became one of my favorite scriptures for praying for my boys.)
5. Pray for your child’s future. It may be scary, wondering what their future will hold, but daily entrust their future to God. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
6. Pray for your child to grow in wisdom and understanding. Pray that their minds would focus and they would grow in the areas they struggle. Pray also that they continue to flourish in their areas of strength. Pray also for you, their teachers, and their therapists- that all who teach your child would have wisdom to know how to teach your child. “For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 2:6
7. Pray that your child would experience health. Lift up any medical concerns you have regarding your child in prayer. Pray also for wisdom for their doctors and specialists to know how to help your child. “I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 1:2
8. Pray for your child to love God. We not only want our child to believe in God, but to love Him and long to follow Him in their lives. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength.” Luke 10:27
9. Pray for your child’s perseverance. Our children have to work extra hard to learn to do things that come naturally to so many others. Pray that they continue in strength to learn and grow and that they would “..never tire of doing what is good.” 2 Thessalonians 3:13
10. Pray for your child’s protection. Whether medically fragile, a wanderer, impulsive, or just like any human being who could get hurt or sick, we must cover our children in prayer for their protection, and trust that they are safe in God’s hands. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalm 91:4
11. Pray your child would have peace in their heart. So many of our children struggle with anxiety. Pray that they would have peace from all their anxieties and have peaceful sleep. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
12. Pray for your child’s purpose. Pray that your child would be used for God’s glory. Pray that your eyes would be opened to what God is doing in your child’s life. Pray that your child would grow into the man/woman God has created them to be. “For we are God’s masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10
13. Pray that your child would grow in self-control. Whether impulsive, defiant, sensory-seeking or calm, cool and collected, pray that your child would learn to “…live self-controlled, upright and godly lives…” Titus 2:11-12
14. Pray that your child would grow in obedience. The more our children learn to obey their parents, teachers and therapists, the safer they are and more likely they are to thrive in all environments. “Children, obey your parents, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, the first commandment with a promise, so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3
15. Pray for your child’s courage. There are so many new, challenging things for our children to accomplish each day. Pray that they would have boldness to try new things and overcome any unhealthy fears they may have. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9
Here’s to praying for our children and seeing God do mighty things in their lives!