How to Pray for Your Children
Do you know how to pray for your children? No, I mean REALLY pray for your children. 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 children. 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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Prayer Points for Your Children
Here are a few prayers you can start praying for your children. The prayer points (keywords) I have chosen are areas important for most parents. They don’t cover everything, but it is a good start.
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).
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).
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).
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 Create Prayers for Your Children
You can create prayers specifically designed for your child’s 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.
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 apply to 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 the scriptures right there.
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.
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.
Does Prayer for My Kids Really Work?
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.
For example, last summer, my daughter was nervous about being a camp counselor for 3 months in another state. She was scared to be gone for that long, and also a little fearful about leading so many kids. It was not something she had done before.
My daughter asked me to pray for courage as she had been struggling in this area for years. My husband and I, as well as she, started praying.
Every time I talked to her on the phone during the summer, I could hear more courage in her voice. I started seeing a real shift in her thoughts after about 6 weeks of us praying. The reluctant person who left in June came back courageous in August.
Remember–this had been a lifelong struggle.
What is amazing is she is still confident and courageous almost a year later. The change was permanent.
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.
Praying for your children 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 children?
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