A few years ago, after reading Beth Moore’s amazing Praying God’s Word, and Stormie Omartian’s The Power of a Praying Parent, I discovered the joy of praying scripture for my children.

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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, (as well as a few other encouraging freebies for Christian special needs mothers).  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:

Scriptures to pray for special needs parents | encouragement for special needs parents in their special needs parenting journey

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


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