7 Prayers parents can pray for their children
As Christian moms and dads, we have a responsibility to our children in so many ways from teaching them and caring for them to praying for them. In fact, prayers for your children is one of the most important tools you have as a parent.
When I was pregnant with each of my children, I prayed for them. Now that they are here, I continue to pray for them. As a mom, in fact, I pray for my children more than I pray for myself. And I think that’s OK. God has blessed me with these children and I want to honor Him in raising them.
But sometimes, I can get a bit stuck in a prayer rut. I can find myself praying for my kids in the same ways or about immediate needs of theirs. However, I want to be intentional about praying for all aspects of their lives and their futures.
So, I decided to start with two weeks of prayers for my kids. And I’d love for you to join me on this journey of intentional prayers for your children over the next couple of weeks (or however long it takes you). We’re starting today with seven prayers and I’ll share seven more next week in Prayers for your Children: Part 2.
What the Bible says about prayer
Even before we get into the actual prayers for our kids, I would be remiss if I didn’t start with the Bible. In the verses about prayer I looked up before writing this post, some verses in Jeremiah stuck out to me. Many Christians are familiar with Jeremiah 29:11, which says in the NIV, “‘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.'”
I love God’s promise to secure our futures as His children. I love it even more to know He’ll secure the future of my own children. But, the two verses that follow this one really jumped out to me.
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”Jeremiah 29:12-13 (NIV)
God doesn’t just have a plan for our future and our children’s future, but He also listens to us and makes Himself available to us when we seek Him. It’s with that in mind that I want to enter into this period of prayers for our children.
“This is the day the Lord has made;Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
We will rejoice and be glad in it.”
Father, I ask that you be with my children as they go throughout their day today. Lord, watch over and protect them in every way everywhere that they are. Surround them with Godly influences. Help them to have the strength they need for anything and everything they may face today. Give them courage to stand up for you and stay strong in their faith. Remind them of your goodness and presence throughout the day. Help them to conquer their challenges and count their blessings. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.”Proverbs 12:26 (NIV)
Lord, be with my children and their friendships. Help them to find the right friends who will be good influences on them. Lead them to friends who love and serve you. Father, be at work in their relationship with their friends. And if there is a friend in their life they need to move away from, help them to know that. Bless them with good friends who will uplift them, encourage them, make them laugh and be good for them. Protect their friends and help them to know you even better. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.”Titus 2:7-8 (NIV)
Father, I ask that you guide my children’s teachers. Even if they don’t know you, Lord, help them to be a good influence on my children. Bless my children with teachers who have integrity and are knowledgeable about their subjects. Help their teachers to understand what my children need and help them to meet those needs as my kids grow and learn. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Lord, help my children to know you more completely and fully. Help them to truly understand what it means to have a personal relationship with you and walk in confidence and faith with you as they go through life. Father, help them to not remember a time they haven’t known about you. Grow their relationship with you. Soften their hearts and open their minds to all you have to teach them. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Their future spouse
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”2 Corinthians 6:14 (NIV)
Father, guide my children to the right spouse at the right time for them. And, Lord, I ask that you be with their future spouse now. Surround that person with good, Godly influences and help them to come to know you as personal Savior early on in their life. Protect their hearts and minds in every way so they are whole and ready when they meet my children. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Their wisdom & discernment
“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”James 1:5 (NIV)
Lord, I ask that you be with my children and give them the wisdom and discernment they need. Help them to know your will and the path you have for their lives. Father, help them to identify and turn away from any person or other influence who draws them away from you. Protect them as they grow and learn. Surround them with people who encourage them in their walk with you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Their spiritual protection
“The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”Proverbs 18:10 (NIV)
Father, protect my children spiritually. Remove any spirit tempting them. I rebuke the hold of Satan around my children in the name of Jesus. Strengthen them and protect them from spiritual attacks. Lord, help them to know they can always run to you and you will keep them safe. Keep them from those who want to draw them away from their walk with you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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