As moms, we want so many things for our children: to love God, to be healthy and happy, to have great friends, excel academically, and so much more. So we take them to doctor’s appointments and tutoring, organize special activities and events, enroll them in sports, arrange play dates, budget for college.
All of these things are fantastic, however, the most important thing we can be doing for our children is praying for them. There is no greater being in all the Universe to impact our child’s future, so we should be petitioning Him at every turn (Luke 18:1-8).
By praying the Scriptures for our kids, we are allowing God’s Word to shape our requests to the Almighty.
This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.1 John 5:14
Sure, we can pray all we want for our kids to be billionaire tech geniuses – but that doesn’t necessarily mean that’s within God’s will – or that it’s all that good for our kids! But by praying the Scriptures we’re not just petitioning God on behalf of our children, we’re utilizing the power of His Word to mold our appeals.
Also, I know we all want to pray for our kids – but sometimes, we don’t know exactly what to say. Praying the Scriptures guides us with what to say and how to pray.
So, here’s a few examples of Scriptures to pray for our kids as well as how to pray through them:
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’”Matthew 22:37
Lord, I pray for my boys to fall in love with you. I pray that they will learn to love you with all of their hearts – that they will desire you above all else. Help them to love you with all of their souls, with their entire being. Please, Father, I pray that they would love you with all of their minds. That they would fix their thoughts on you and be consumed with you. Amen.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
Surely he will save youPsalm 91:1-4
from the fowler’s snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Lord, please protect my children. Help them to take refuge in you, to trust in you completely. I pray earnestly that you will cover them with your feathers, that they will find safety underneath your wings. Father, please protect them from physical and spiritual harm. Save them from evil people who would want to prey on them. Protect them from debilitating accidents or injuries. Help them to live their lives under your protection. Amen.
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.Ephesians 4:32
Father, I pray that my children would be kind and compassionate. Help them to become individuals who consider others better than themselves, who look to others’ interests above their own. I pray that they would stand up for the downtrodden and fight injustice. Help them to see others the way that YOU see them. I pray that they would be gracious and forgiving, but that you would also protect their hearts from people taking advantage of them. Please give Tyler and I wisdom and guidance to raise kind, compassionate and forgiving children. Amen.
I hope this is helpful and inspires you to pray specific, bold, scriptural prayers for your kids!
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What is your favorite verse to pray for your children? Let me know in the comments below!