If you are joining me from my Encouragement for Today devotion, welcome! I am so excited you stopped by. Today I share one of the great passions of my heart…prayer…more specifically praying for our children.
“Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children.” Lamentations 2:19 (NLT)
Praying for our children is a form of intercessory prayer. It’s one of the greatest gifts we can give our children and invites God to work in and through us to affect their lives.
The Bible promises,
“The prayer of a righteous [woman] is powerful and effective.” James 5:16b (NIV)
If you lack confidence in praying, which many women do, I’m so glad you stopped by today! This post is for you. I want you to know that all God needs is a willing heart. He does the rest. Anyone who loves the Lord can pray!!
The key to the kind of prayer we’re talking about today is praying the Scriptures. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that as we pray the Scriptures, we are praying God’s living and active Word into our circumstances and into the lives of our children.
Praying God’s Word is what makes our prayers powerful and effective. Why? Because we’re laying God’s promises before Him and and appropriating them for our children.
So as you seek to pray for your children, open your Bible and search the Scriptures. As you gaze into His Word, you will hear His voice and find His perspective on what to pray and how to pray it. Sit and soak and listen. When you pinpoint the Scriptures that speak to you, pray them back to God. I know it sounds complicated, but it’s really very simple.
Let’s try it together.
Below are some verses and prayers I have prayed for my children in the past. Perhaps some will capture your heart.
Maybe you want to pray for their salvation because they don’t know the Lord.
Lord, please open and tender Katie’s heart and provide an opportunity for her to receive the gift of salvation by Your grace through faith in Jesus Christ. John 3:16; 2 Corinthians 7:10
Maybe you want your child to know and love God’s Word.
Hide Your Word in Grayson’s heart so his desire is to please and obey You in all he says and does. Psalm 119:11
Help Betsy to trust in You with all her heart and lean not on her own understanding and to acknowledge You in all her ways. Proverbs 3:5-6
Give Tyler wisdom beyond his years, Father, keep him pure by leading him to live according to Your word. James 1:5, Psalm 119:9
Maybe you want your child to experience the deep love of God.
Father, penetrate Christina’s heart with Your love, help her to love who You have created her to be, and ensure that she knows how long and wide and high and deep is Your love. Psalm 139; Ephesians 3:18
Maybe you want your child to have a thankful heart.
Give Peter a thankful and contented heart. 1 Thessalonians 5:8, Philippians 4:11, Philippians
Maybe your child needs freedom from anxiety and worry.
Father, help Maddie to not worry about anything, but instead to pray about everything with a thankful heart. Help her to understand that it is then that she will experience Your peace that passes all understanding in a way that will guard her heart and mind. Philippians 4:6-7
Maybe your child needs to learn humility.
Clothe Spencer in humility and teach him to put others first. Help him to see that it is when he humbles himself that he will be exalted. Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12-13; Luke 18:14
Maybe your child is fearful.
Father, teach Ellen to understand that You do not give a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Father, I pray the Armor of God over Luke: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shoes of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. Ephesians 6:13-17
Maybe your child struggles with despair.
Father, return to Ellie, the joy of her salvation. Teach her to say, “This is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it,” no matter what her day may hold. Psalm 118:24; Psalm 51:12
And a prayer I have prayed with my children from the first day I learned to pray God’s Word comes from Luke 2:52 and Daniel 1:
Father, grow my two precious children, Lauren and Bo, in wisdom and stature and favor with You and with man.
Every time a good report card comes home, or they receive a compliment from another parent, or they’re chosen for an honor at church or school, or I look upon the 6’3″ frame that is now my 15 year-old son, I remind them of this prayer. I remind them how we’ve prayed it every morning together and how God is being faithful to answer it so specifically.
I’ve included lots of examples here because I want you to see how many ways you can pray for your children. I simply took a verse of Scripture and incorporated it in a sentence with a name to create a prayer from my heart.
Sweet friend, praying this way for your children will build your faith and your prayer life. Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good New about Christ.” (NLT) The good news about Christ is the Word of God.
Pray BOLDLY and CONFIDENTLY because you’re praying the mind and will of God as revealed in His Word.
You can use this same method to pray for your husband, friends, family and anyone else for whom you feel led to pray.
If you want to dig deeper into this topic, my book Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner devotes several chapters to quiet time, prayer, and abiding. These three disciplines work together to enrich and strengthen your prayer life. If you order Hidden Joy in the month of April from Proverbs 31, we’ll send you a signed copy of Hidden Joy.
And if you leave a comment today sharing your favorite verse or prayer you pray for your children, I will choose one name from the comments to receive a signed copy of Hidden Joy. I’ll announce the winner on April 23rd.
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