Prayer in and of itself is powerful. When you combine it with scripture, well, let’s just say you should be prepared to see some mighty things happen. 🙂
It is very important to pray for your family and for each family member, because right now our families are under attack. Satan is seeking to destroy the family unit, and we are constantly bombarded with the world’s views of what a family can look like, so that we can easily lose sight of how God intended our families to be. God created our families to be a holy unit, one in which He is priority, in which the husband and wife lovingly live out their God-given roles in marriage, and the children are obedient to their parents. Once we get our own families in alignment with God’s desired order for families, I think we’ll see God do mighty things in our churches, in our nation, and around the world. But it starts with us, in our own homes and within our own families.
Praying scripture is powerful because:
- God gave us His word and He wants us to pray. When you combine the two spiritual disciplines of reading the Word and praying by praying scripture, it will help you apply God’s word to your life while growing deeper in your prayer life.
- Praying scripture honors God by using His own words to praise Him and pray to Him.
- We tend to pray for things WE want, but praying scripture will help align your desires with what HE wants. And when our desires are aligned, that’s when we’re most likely to see God move powerfully in our prayers.
Feel free to print out this list of scriptures to pray for your family. Personalize the scriptures while you pray them with the specific things your family needs in that area. You may even want to consider focusing on only one Scripture to pray each day, making it a month-long praying scripture challenge.
And so without any further ado:
Scriptures to Pray For Your Family
- Pray that your family would always be submitted to God, that God would be its chief builder and protector. “Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” Psalm 127:1
- Pray that every member of your family would love the Lord. “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and all your mind and all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12:30
- Pray that your family would be one who would be dedicated to serve the Lord. “As for me and my household, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15
- Pray that your family would value God as priority in your lives and conversations. “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” Deuteronomy 6:6-7
- Pray for protection for every member of your family. “If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the LORD who is my refuge–then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:9-12
- Pray for your marriage, that you would always remember it is a holy covenant to be treasured and nurtured. “God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no man separate.” Mark 10:6-9
- Pray for your husband, that he would be the provider and protector of the home God created him to be. “The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2:15
- Pray for your role in the home and within your family. “Train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:4-5
- Pray that you and your husband would lovingly embrace your role in your marriage. “Wives, submit to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church…Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies.” Ephesians 5:22-28
- Pray that regardless of what challenging life circumstances you are facing, you will face them together with your husband. “Then Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried.” Ruth 2:18
- Pray that as parents you would wisely love, teach and train your children. “Do not exasperate your children, instead bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” Ephesians 6:4
- Pray that your children would grow as Jesus did, “in wisdom and in stature, and in favor of God and man.” Luke 2:52
- Pray that your children would grow in obedience. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother’ (this is the first commandment with a promise), ‘that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:1-3
- Pray that every member of your family would experience health. “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
- Pray that when there is conflict among family members, you would remember Satan is the enemy, not the family member. “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12
- Pray that each member of your family would grow in every fruit of the spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” Galatians 5:22
- Pray that each member of your family would grow in love toward one another. “Love is patient, love is 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 wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 4-8
- Pray that each family member would be forgiving. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
- Pray that each member of your family would grow in understanding, “turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding–indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.” Proverbs 2:2-5
- Pray that your family would be devout and generous, like Cornelius. “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; they gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” Acts 10:2
- Pray that each member of your family would be surrounded by good, godly friends. “There are ‘friends’ who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24
- Pray that your family would always be thankful for blessing, “always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
- Pray for each member of your family’s minds, that their thoughts would be fixed on healthy, godly things. “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8
- Pray that your home and each member of your family would be filled with peace. “The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. My people will live in peaceful dwelling places; in secure homes, in undisturbed places of rest.” Isaiah 32:17-18
- And finally, pray that your family would flourish and be blessed. “He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:3
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What scriptures do you like to pray for your family?