How to Pray for Your Kids (really pray)

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Do you know how to pray for your kids? No, I mean REALLY pray for your kids. Not just short, little prayers. I am talking about prayers that have some teeth in them. The kind of prayers that move heaven and earth.

You will be amazed at how things change in your child’s heart when you start praying specifically about certain issues. It doesn’t happen fast, but over time you will see God’s hand move in ways you didn’t think possible.

In this post, I am going to show you how to pray for your kids. I have written a few prayers for you to pray, but more importantly, I want to teach you how to create your own prayers. Get ready to see God move in not only your child’s life but in your life too.

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How to Pray for Your Kids Using Keywords

Here are a few prayers you can start praying for your kids. The prayer points (keywords) I have chosen are areas important for most parents. They don’t cover everything, but it is a good start.

1. Safety

God, I ask for you to protect _______from harm. Hold him securely in your hands so the evil one has no access to his life (1 John 5:18). Thank you that my child belongs to You, and You will watch over him now and forever. I praise You for being there when I can’t be (Ps. 121:7-8).

I pray _________will make good decisions and obey Your commands so he will not put himself foolishly in harm’s way (Eccl. 8:5). Thank you that my child can rest in the shelter of the Most High. You alone are his refuge and his strength (Ps. 91).

2. Fear

Let _____sleep at night without feeling fearful (Prov. 19:23). I ask you to help her not be afraid of the terrors of night nor dread the nighttime darkness (Ps. 91:1-6). May she sleep soundly with great peace.

Lord, I ask you to help ________ not be afraid of any situation or person that may come her way as she goes about the day. Let her triumph over any enemies that may try to hurt her physically, mentally, or emotionally  (Ps. 118:6-7).

Even though she may walk through the darkest valley, show her she doesn’t have to fear evil. Let her not fear because You are right there, standing strong, guarding and protecting her (Ps. 23).

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3. School

Jesus, I ask you to help ______ in school. Please give him favor with every teacher, coach, and administrator he will come in contact with during the school year. If there is a staff member that does not look at him with favor, then please change the situation.

I pray all staff would speak positively into his life, and he would be taught by the Lord (Is. 54:13).

God, please help _______to participate in class everyday. Give him a desire to learn about your world and everything in it. May he be a person of understanding, who gains wise counsel (Prov. 1:5). Help him not to reject knowledge or forget your laws (Hosea 4:6).

Let____ take hold of instruction and never let go. May he realize wisdom is life to him (Prov 4:13).

4. Friends

Lord, I ask you to help ________pick godly friends. Show me who will be a positive influence on her life. Let me encourage these friendships and find a way for her to spend time with them. I pray she would walk with those who do not run towards foolishness (Prov 13:20)

If ______loses a friend, I pray you would comfort her. Mend her heart and show her there are other people waiting to be with her (Ps. 147:3). Send her new friends quickly who will love her and stick closer than a brother (Prov. 18:24).

May her friendships sharpen her as iron sharpens iron (Prov. 27: 17).

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How to Pray for Your Children

How to Pray for Your Kids Using the Computer

You can create prayers for your kids specifically designed for their needs. It is not hard. Here is how you do it:

1. Name the problem

Name the areas (prayer points) your child needs extra help in. Examples are lying, anger, fear, etc. This will be your keyword.

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2. Start searching online

Type the keyword (lying, anger, fear, or whatever) into your search bar and then add the word “scriptures” to it.  Example: fear scriptures or anger scriptures. The search engine will populate suggestions for “fear scriptures” or “anger scriptures.”

Click on the post you think might give you the most powerful scriptures.

Another idea is to go to biblegateway.com, biblehub.com, biblestudytools.com or openbible.info/topics and put the keyword in the search bar.

It will give you scriptures pertaining to your prayer points.

Some online Bible tools have a sidebar with something like “featured verse topics” that you can click on for easier reference.

*If you don’t enjoy research at all, go straight to Proverbs.

3. Choose the scriptures

Choose scriptures that are appropriate for your child’s situation.

If you want a hard copy, paste these verses onto Word, Pages, Notes, Google Docs, or whatever you prefer. Or just pray for your kids right then.

4. Title it

If you are keeping the prayers for future reference (hard copy), make the prayer point (lying, anger, fear, or whatever) your title and then add the scriptures under it so you can go back to it daily and pray.

You may have several keywords (prayer points) you are praying about.

Add as many scriptures under each keyword that you want.  Example: “Fear” and then add 5 scriptures pertaining to fear under it. “Lying” and 5 scriptures on lying under it until you have filled a page or two.

5. Print it.

Print the document with your prayer points and scriptures.

6. Pray.

Pray every day for your child using the scriptures you have printed out on paper. Daily prayer for your children is important. It’s not a one-and-done thing.

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Example of How to Pray for Your Children

Here is an example of how to pray for your children:

I put “fear scriptures” in the Google search bar. The second entry for fear was the following: 40 Bible Verses About Fear – Encouraging Scripture Quotes.  

I clicked on it.

It is a post from biblestudytools.com. When you open it you will see verses you can pray.

One of the scriptures on fear it recommended was Joshua 1:9 which says, ” Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

This is where you make things come alive!

You are going to pray using scripture by doing this:

Using Joshua 1:9, say, “Thank you, God, that __(your child’ name)___is strong and courageous. Help him not to be afraid or discouraged. God, I ask You to be with ___(child’s name)___wherever he goes.”

Pray every scripture on the page, adding your child’s name to the verse when you pray.

You are speaking directly at the issue and praying God’s own words back to Him. You can never be out of God’s will when you are praying His words.

I have found this method of praying scripture back to God to be the most effective way to see changes.

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Will it Work if You Pray for Your Kids?

You may wonder if praying for my kids has really worked. Yes! It works! I have done this for the past ten years and have seen great miracles in this time.

When God gets involved you see changes in thinking and attitudes from the inside first, and then it moves to outward behavior.

Many times, when we as parents force our kids to do something, it is an outward change and not internal. This produces short-term results. I have done this a lot!

You want to see change happen inside first.

I encourage you to pray for your kids. It is the best way to see lasting results. It won’t just change your kid’s life, it will also change yours too. My faith has grown since I started praying scripture. It has helped control the worry I used to feel all the time.

How do you pray for your kids?

 

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16 Comments

  1. Soniachic on March 6, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    All these prayers are amazing,lately I have been teaching my little man how to pray and he loves it,the god we serve is alive !

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:10 pm

      Soniachic, yes, he is alive! He is good, loving, and wants to have a relationship with us through prayer. I hope these prompts and verses will help you. Thanks for your comment.

  2. Laura on February 20, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    This is such beautiful advice. I love how you provide an outline to build the perfect prayer!

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:11 pm

      Laura, thank for your comment. Yes, this is a good script to start with. You can definitely move to a broader script. Thanks for reading.

  3. Tinashe on February 19, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Thank you Julie for such a great post. I love the prayers because they are so specific. I pray to God that l would make praying for my daughter a daily habit.

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:12 pm

      Tinasha, yes, I try really hard to pray for my kids daily even though they are adults now. They will always have a praying momma. Thanks for your comment.

  4. POOVANESH PATHER on February 19, 2019 at 4:06 am

    Hi, Julie, This is such a brilliant post. As a Hindu, I pray daily for my loved ones. But reading this post has made me realize that I should be more targeted in my prayers. I love that line ‘ you’re using God’s own words back to him’. So I have to restudy my Hindu scriptures to find the words to include in my prayers. Thank you for sharing.

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:14 pm

      Poovanesh, I am so glad this was helpful. I am not sure the difference between our faiths, but I do know that praying scripture breathed from God is powerful. I highly encourage you to try praying the verses and see what happens! I always appreciate all your comments. You are so sweet. Many blessings to you.

  5. Heather @ A Life In Labor on February 18, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    I love this! I’ve been teaching my two year old to pray and it is the sweetest thing ever! Thanks for all of the ideas.

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:15 pm

      Heather, way to go! Good for you for starting early. Making prayer a priority early will be a huge blessing in your family.

  6. fashNcurious on February 18, 2019 at 9:54 am

    I love this. Prayer is my favorite tool ever, not just for my kids but everything

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Fashncurious, thanks for your comment. I am so glad to run into another prayer warrior. Thanks for your comment.

  7. Courtney Kramer on February 18, 2019 at 9:27 am

    I love the idea of praying scripture over our children. There is no better defence than to pray words of truth over them.

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:16 pm

      Courtney, I am so thrilled. I hope you will make this a daily habit. Thanks for your comment.

  8. susie liberatore on February 18, 2019 at 7:46 am

    These are all so wonderful I never thought about these. I am starting to get back into religion again and am thankful to find this, thanks.

    • Julie Plagens on March 16, 2019 at 12:17 pm

      Susie, I hope you will start praying scripture over your kids. It will make a big difference in your family.

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