10 essential prayers for your children

Praying for our children comes pretty naturally for most of us. But our prayers can become a habit. To make sure we are praying effectively for our children, we must be more mindful of what we pray for our children. Today, I want to share with you 10 essential prayers for your children.

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10 essential prayers for your children

Prayers for your Children

We love our children and want the absolute best for them in every circumstance. If we’re not careful, however, prayers for your children may lead to praying for the same few concerns while neglecting some weightier matters.

We often pray for our children’s protection and safety. We pray for healing when they’re sick. And we pray for them to come to saving faith in Jesus.

Yes, their physical needs are essential, and their decision of whether to follow Christ is of utmost importance. But what about everything in between? There are other prayers for your children that should be added.

Are we faithfully praying for those things too?

I’m sometimes guilty (more often than I’d like to admit) of praying for my children only after all of my own efforts have failed. I come to God as a last resort instead of truly believing Him to be the all-powerful God of the universe capable of acting on my behalf.

I limit God.

I’m afraid I already know the answer to why.

I become busy, and distracted, and shift my focus away from my Savior and onto my problems. Then I become overwhelmed by the burdens I place upon myself.

Can you relate?

Parenting has a way of revealing our limitations and forcing us to either work harder, give up, OR lay it all down at Jesus’ feet.

It is vitally important that we are faithful to pray for wisdom in raising our children and faithful to pray for these sweet blessings that God has given us.

We can rest in knowing that He hears our prayers and that He will act according to His will and in His perfect timing.

10 essential prayers for your children

1. Have a Tender Conscience

Our children are bombarded with negative influences attempting to lead them astray daily.

God gave us a conscience to guide our steps in the right direction. It sears our conscience when we repeatedly harden our hearts in our desire to be the god of our own life.

Pray for your children to have a tender conscience towards sin.

Hebrews 13:18 Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a good conscience, desiring to conduct ourselves honorably in all things.

Hebrews 13:18

Source: https://bible.knowing-jesus.com/topics/Clear-Consciences

Pray that those red flags would prick their hearts and steer them away from falling into sin.

Pray that when they slip, they will quickly repent and seek to restore a right relationship with their Creator.

2. Develop Godly Friendships

1 Corinthians 15:33 “Bad company corrupts good character,”

1 Corinthians 15:33

You’ve most likely heard this verse dozens of times throughout your life. But do you realize the importance these 5 brief words play in the lives of your children?

If the friends that your child is spending the most time around are not leading them closer to Jesus, they are leading them away from Him.

There is no middle ground.

Pray for your children to develop godly friendships that will build them up and encourage them in their faith and vice versa.

Don’t be afraid to put your foot down (with grace) if their current friendships are leading them astray.

You are the parent, and it is your job to protect your children, not to please them.

Those we spend the most time around have an amazing amount of influence over our lives.

3. Have a Servant’s Heart

The surrounding culture is screaming that the world revolves around us. To our sinful flesh, it sounds like wonderful news. That is until we realize that life was not meant to be all about us. We then learn that we will never find true satisfaction in elevating ourselves.

We were created to serve God.

God in His wisdom, knew that putting others before ourselves is what brings about genuine peace and joy. Our hearts can’t help but fill up with gratitude as we seek to serve those around us.

Galatians 5:13-14 You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh ; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Galatians 5:13-14

Look for opportunities to serve together as a family and pray for your child to witness firsthand the beauty and blessings of humbly serving others.

4. Stand Firm in Their Convictions

It takes a significant amount of strength and backbone to stand up for what is right in our ever-wavering, “tolerant” society.

Pray that God will use your children to be a leader in their sphere of influence and stand firm in their convictions even when it means standing completely alone.

Philippians 1:27
“Conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or remain absent, I will hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.”

Taking a stand for truth, in a courageous and grace-filled manner, is a rarity that will be noticed. And God can use it all for His glory.

5. Seek Wisdom in the Decisions They Make

Children typically lack discernment. This is for two reasons.

Pray for your child to swim against the current.

Pray that they will seek wise counsel and they won’t just lean on the counsel of their peers who are often struggling with similar issues.

Pray that they will learn to go straight to the Lord in prayer and study His Word for the answers they’re seeking.

Pray that they understand that the decisions they make in their youth have lifelong consequences.

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.

6. Boldly and Compassionately Share Their Faith

Our children are given so many mixed messages in our day and age.

Our children are encouraged to believe that we all have our own “truth” and that we should never share our “truth” with others and possibly offend someone.

However, there will ever only always be ONE truth. And we don’t get to define it.

Pray that your children will lovingly share the gospel with the world around them.

Pray that God would give you the wisdom to be an example of a good witness.

Psalm 96:2-4

Sing to the LORD; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves. Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does. Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.

7. Guard Their Hearts: Prayers for your children

The phrase “follow your heart” is quite popular in today’s culture. Although it may sound enticing, it will more often than not lead us down a painful road.

Our children are still developing emotionally and intellectually, and they can’t always decipher truth from deception. It is our job to teach them, lead them, and pray for them to guard their hearts.

Proverbs 4:23

Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.

God created our emotions, which can be a healthy response to our circumstances. BUT, we are not meant to be LED by them.

Pray that your children will guard their hearts.

Pray that God, and not their emotions will lead them.

Pray that God will guard your children’s hearts against the enemy who desperately wants to destroy us.
Pray that God will guard them against their own sinful desires and guard them against the lures of the world.

8. Desire a Strong Relationship With Their Parents: Prayers for your children

It’s no surprise that our children need powerful role models in their lives. I think it’s safe to say this is true now more than ever before.

For most of their formative years, children are magnets who
flock to those who make them feel noticed and valued.

Peer friendships have their place and can be a tremendous blessing, but I think that we all too often forget that God’s original design was actually for parents to have the greatest amount of influence over our children.

Who better to be in this role than those who love them and have learned a thing or two about the way the world works?

We need to continue to guide, instruct, and discipline our children. This should never prevent us from developing solid relationships and friendships with our children.

Please seek to develop a strong relationship with each of your children and pray that they will be receptive. Pray that your children will understand and see how much you love them.

Lay aside your distractions and busy schedules and be a parent first.

Colossians 3:20

Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord.

9. View Our Home as a Safe Haven

As a mom, I pray for my children (no matter how old they get) to always cherish their time at home. To find solitude, comfort, and rest from the often not-so-peaceful world around us.

As they’re surrounded by the people who love them most, I pray that they will truly delight to be together as a family and be encouraged by our words and actions.

That we may “stir up one another to love and good works” (Hebrews 10:24)

I’d encourage you to pray for your children to find comfort in your home, not strife, distractions, and emptiness.
Pray that God will help to fill up your children’s tank with love, edifying words, gentleness, and point them to their Savior.

Psalm 107:28-31 

Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man!

10. Put God First: Prayers for your children

With constant noise and distractions consuming us, it is not natural for us to put God first.

In fact, it’s imperative that we’re continually seeking to stay close to Him, or He will most likely be last.

As a busy mom, I sometimes catch myself giving God my leftovers and wondering why I’m overwhelmed with life.

It truly is amazing how we’re given a fresh perspective when we decide to put Him first.

Please model this for your children. They have a front-row view of our lives and see the times we become anxious, fearful, irritable, frustrated, bitter, and discouraged.

What if instead, they saw a mom who still had peace as the trials arose? Who clung to hope when life wasn’t going in the direction she had planned? Whose gaze was so fixed upon her Savior that she rarely dwelled upon her own problems and graciously served others instead?

Pray for your children to put God first in their lives.

Pray that they will see this example in you.

Matthew 22:37-40

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.

Never Stop Praying

Not only should we be offering prayers for our children, but we should share with them God’s faithful answers to prayer in our own life.

We can never force our faith upon our children, nor should we want to. It would cease to be a genuine love for God if that was the case.

But we can share His goodness with them throughout the day.

Parting Wisdom

Adding Prayers for your children into your regular prayer time will lead you to have more peace about your children and place their care into the hands of the perfect father.

Instruct children according to His Word.
Love them like Jesus.
Point them to Him.
And earnestly pray for them.
God hears those prayers, sweet friend. Stay the course and faithfully pray.

In the comments below, share prayers for your children.

For additional prayers for your children, you can read this article.

10 essential prayers for your children

6 responses to “10 essential prayers for your children”

  1. Jordan Avatar

    This is SO GOOD. Bookmarking and printing so that I can be intentional about this over the next week (until it becomes more of a habit.) We pray over our kids every night, but this is such a strong guide with practical things we should be praying. Love it!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      I am so glad that you can be encouraged by this. I know that guided prayers will bless you and your family

  2. Cassidy Avatar

    I am not a parent but I hope to have my own children someday and do still pray for them and their futures even now. I really loved reading through this list and all the different ways parents can pray for their children.

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Thank you. I am so glad these verses encouraged you.
      These are great verses to pray for kids you know in your life. Parents can’t do it alone. I am so thankful for all the people who pray for me and my family.

  3. Sharon Hazel Avatar

    Praying for your children is a lifelong ministry, it never ends, because no matter how old they are, they will always be ‘your children.’ Great thoughts on the privilege that is ours to be able to commit our children to the Lord!

    1. Anne Markey Avatar

      Such great perspective. As a mom, I sometimes forget that praying is a ministry and is so impactful.

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