Prayer is powerful and the fact that you want to pray for your children is an awesome thing. No matter the age, ability, and personality of your children, they need our prayers. It is a privilege as a Christian parent to advocate for our children before the throne of God with His own precious and powerful words.
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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.
-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.
-If you don’t know how to pray about something, you can find a Scripture that will help you say it, deepening your prayer language.
You can use the list of scriptures provided below as a springboard. Put your child's name in each verse. Make it applicable to your child and their situations and struggles and what you would like to see God do in each of these areas.
These 30 scriptures I've compiled is by no means all that you can be praying for your child. This list is in no particular order. Simply use it as a springboard to help you pray for your child. I like to pray one of these verses a day each month, or you could pray through the list whenever and however you desire. Make this list your own.
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Treasure your time praying for your children using God's own precious and powerful words, and get ready to see God do mighty things in their lives. 🙂
Thank God that He holds your child(ren) close, and that He provides you all you need to parent your children well.
“He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young.” Isaiah 40:11
Pray your child 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 child would grow in maturity.
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching...instead, speaking the truth in love, will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is Christ." Ephesians 4:14-15
Pray that your child would be a witness.
"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. Do this with gentleness and respect." 1 Peter 3:15
Pray that your child would grow in compassion.
"...encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else." 1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
Pray that your child would grow in self-control.
"For the grace of God...teaches us to say "no" to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives..." Titus 2:11-12
Pray for your child's perseverance.
"..never tire of doing what is good." 2 Thessalonians 3:13
Pray for your child's generosity, that they would be
"rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share." 1 Timothy 6:18
Pray for your child's faith.
"Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses." 1 Timothy 6:12
Pray for your child's friends.
"There are "friends" who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24
Pray for your child's purpose.
"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
Pray that your child would be joyful.
"May the God of hope fill you with joy and peace as you trust in him." Romans 15:13
Pray that your child 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 your child would grow in obedience.
"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
Pray that your child would be thankful,
"always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:20
Pray that your child would be victorious.
"With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall." Psalm 18:29
Pray for your child to grow in wisdom.
"For the Lord gives wisdom, from his mouth come knowledge and understanding." Proverbs 2:6
Pray for your child to respect others.
"Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves." Romans 12:10
Pray for your child to love God.
"You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your mind and all your strength." Luke 10:27
Pray for your child's courage.
"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
Pray for your child's words.
"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver." Proverbs 25:11
Pray for your child's future.
"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
Pray that your child would grow
"..in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and with man." Luke 2:52
Pray that your child would grow in patience.
"Be patient and stand firm...Don't grumble against each other, brothers..." James 5:7-9
Pray that your child would listen to wise counsel.
"The way of a fool seems right to him, but a wise man listens to advice." Proverbs 12:15
Pray that your child would grow in humility.
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." Philippians 2:3
Pray for your child's mind.
"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 child would 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
Pray for your child's salvation.
"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 2:4-5
Pray for your child's protection.
"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
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