I’ve changed the way I pray for my children over the past couple of years. All three are at different stages of life, so my worries for them are different. With a first-grader, a sixth-grader, and a mid-20’s child who is planning a wedding, what a breadth of things this mom has to pray about! “Lord, protect them” became my go-to prayer because in my mind, that’s what I wanted – safe kids. That kind of covered everything, right?
I began to realize that although this prayer was nice, it was woefully limited. There was so much more I could have been praying about where my children were concerned. Surely, parents pray for the safety and protection of their children out of love for them, but it’s shortsighted. As much as I want my children to be safe, I also want God to unleash His blessings on them and reveal each one’s potential in Christ. Praying more focused prayers for specific aspects of my children’s lives has become an important part of my prayer time.
Here are six ways you can pray for your children in addition to praying for their protection. These prayers are powerful and daring. There’s a difference between wanting our kids to be safe and to live a safe existence that limits God-given potential. Pray these prayers aloud over them and in private for them. Teach them the Bible verses that go with each prayer. May your prayers move the hand of God and cause a mighty blessing to rain into their lives.
1 – LORD, USE THEM: God, use my children for Your purpose on this Earth. May they be instruments of Your peace and love as they go about every day. At school, at work, and in their activities, use them as a light for Your glory, Jesus. Make them fruitful for Your Kingdom. AMEN
“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” -John 15:16
2 – LORD, GUIDE THEM: God, direct my children in the way You would have them go. Call them according to Your will and the talents You have given them. Guide them so that they would follow You all the days of their lives. Equip them to live out the unique plan You have for each of them. AMEN.
“Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow.
Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.
All day long I put my hope in you.” -Psalm 25;4-5
3 – LORD, CONVICT THEM: Lord, speak to my children’s hearts by Your Holy Spirit and lovingly call them into correction when needed. I pray You’d convict them of their sin and prompt them to act when You call them to do so. Allow them to be sensitive to You so that they continue to work out their salvation. AMEN.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 4:9
4 – LORD, EMBOLDEN THEM: Lord, by Your Spirit, embolden my children to stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Make them bold in living out the Gospel and sharing Your love with others. May they stand ready to speak up and out for what is right. AMEN
“On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.” Psalm 138:3
5 – LORD, CAPTIVATE THEM: Lord, draw my children close to Your heart so that they are captivated by Your love. Let them love You first and best above all else, even me Lord. May their highest affection and honor be Yours alone. AMEN
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” Deuteronomy 6:5
6 – LORD, GROW THEM: Heavenly Father, I pray You would help my children to grow in their knowledge of and love for you. Continue to be at work in their hearts and minds. May they mature into healthy Christians who never stop pursuing Your wisdom and grace. AMEN
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6
May your children be blessed as you pray for them and ask God to pour out all He has available for them. And yes, Lord, keep them safe and cover them in your protective grace also. AMEN.
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