How to pray for your kids – a guide from scripture.


Prayer works!  It is easy to get discouraged and forget to pray for our kids, but it is one of the most important things we can do as parents… Praying the word of God is powerful and in a day when emotions and life run crazy it is the very best way to pray God’s will. The bible is living and active, so praying direct scripture over my kids is my favorite way stand in the gap between what the world has to offer and God’s best for their lives.  I firmly believe that the prayers of the righteous “avail much”. Take time to pray for your kids today! It is worth it! This guide that I found will inspire you to pray longer and more often: Check it out:

Praying for Your Children from Victoria Osteen‘s favorite Daily Prayer Guide for Children

Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death”. As parents, you have the power to speak life or death to your children and over your children. When you choose to speak the Word of God over your children, you are choosing to speak life over them.

Jesus said in John 6:63, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” The following are scriptural confessions that you can speak over your children —

and as Isaiah 55:11 says — “these words will not return to you empty, but will accomplish and achieve the purpose for which they are sent.”

Salvation

Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10)

Growth in Grace

I pray that they may “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 3:18)

Love

Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love through the Spirit who dwells in them. (Ephesians 5:2, Galatians 5:22)

Honesty and Integrity

May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection. (Psalm 25:21)

Self-Control

Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be “alert and self-controlled” in all they do. (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

A Love for God’s Word

May my children grow to find Your Word “more precious than gold, than much pure gold; [and] sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.” (Psalm 19:10)

Justice

God, help my children to love justice as You do and to “act justly” in all they do. (Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8)

Mercy

May my children always “be merciful, as [their] Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)

Respect (for self, others, and authority)

Father, grant that my children may “show proper respect to everyone,” as Your Word commands. (1 Peter 2:17)

Strong, Biblical Self-Esteem

Help my children to develop a strong sense of self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are “God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:10)

Faithfulness

“Let love and faithfulness never leave [my children],” but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts. (Proverbs 3:3)

A Passion for God

Lord, please instill in my children a soul with a craving for You, a heart that clings passionately to You. (Psalm 63:8)

Hope

May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)

Responsibility

Grant that my children may learn responsibility, “for each one should carry his own load.” (Galatians 6:5)

Generosity

Grant that my children may “be generous and willing to share [and so] lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

Peace, Peaceability

Father, let my children “make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Romans 14:19)

Humility

Lord, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all. (Titus 3:2)

Compassion

Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion. (Colossians 3:12)

Perseverance

Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to “run with perseverance the race marked out for [them].” (Hebrews 12:1)

Prayerfulness

Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Ephesians 6:18)

Contentment

Father, teach my children “the secret of being content in any and every situation through Him who gives [them] strength.” (Philippians 4:12-13)

Faith

I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them. (Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40)

Joy

May my children be filled “with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thessalonians 1:6)

A Heart for Missions

Lord, please help my children to develop a heart for missions, a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among all peoples. (Psalm 96:3)

A Servant Heart

Lord, please help my children develop servant hearts, that they may “serve wholeheartedly as if [they] were serving the Lord, not men.” (Ephesians 6:7)

A Willingness and Ability to Work Hard

Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard at everything they do, “as working for the Lord, not for men.” (Colossians 3:23)

Purity

“Create in [them] a pure heart, O God,” and let their purity of heart be shown in their actions. (Psalm 51:10)

Kindness

Lord, may my children “always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

Courage

May my children always “be strong and courageous” in their character and in their actions. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Self-Discipline

Father, I pray that my children may develop self-discipline, that they may acquire “a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Proverbs 1:3)

Focus on the Family magazine, February 2000, Vol. 24, No. 2, Published by Focus on the Family. ©2000 by Bob Hostetler. All rights reserved. International copyright secured.

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  1. srujana says:

    I use this prayer everyday for my kids

    Like

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