Growing Closer to God: The Power of Praying Together as a Family

As parents, we want to raise our children in a way that nurtures their spiritual growth and deepens their relationship with God. One powerful tool we have at our disposal is the act of coming together as a family to pray. In this blog post, I’ll explore the significance of family prayer. Continue to read as I share with you the power of praying together as a family.

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The Power of Praying Together as a Family

Creating a Habit of Family Prayer

The first step in embracing family prayer is to make it a regular part of our daily lives.

In our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the busyness and overlook the importance of prayer. However, setting aside dedicated time for prayer is important for deepening our relationship with God and nurturing our family’s faith.

Establishing a prayer routine that works for your family’s schedule may seem challenging at first, but with a little intentionality and creativity, it can become a meaningful and cherished practice.

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Teaching the Purpose of Prayer

Understanding the purpose of prayer is essential for children to engage with it wholeheartedly.

Prayer is a special way for us to connect with God and share our hearts with Him. It’s like having a conversation with our Heavenly Father, who loves and cares for us deeply. The purpose of prayer is to build a relationship with God, seek His guidance, express our gratitude, share our worries and joys, and find comfort in His presence.

When we pray, we open our hearts and minds to God. We talk to Him, just like we talk to a close friend or a loving parent. We can tell Him about our dreams, hopes, and fears.

We can ask Him for help when we feel confused or need strength. We can thank Him for all the good things in our lives, like family, friends, and the beautiful world around us.

Prayer also helps us grow closer to God. It’s a way to show Him that we trust Him and rely on Him. It’s a way to invite His wisdom and guidance into our lives.

When we pray, we listen to God too. Sometimes, He may speak to our hearts and give us comfort or direction. He loves us so much and wants us to know Him better through prayer.

Prayer is not about saying fancy words or having all the answers. It’s about being honest and sincere with God.

We can pray anytime and anywhere, whether it’s in the morning, before bed, or even during the day when we need His help or want to share something special with Him.

So, remember, the purpose of prayer is to connect with God, share our hearts, seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort in His loving presence. It’s a beautiful way to grow closer to Him and experience His love and care in our lives.

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Encourage family Participation

Prayer should be inclusive and allow each family member to have a voice.

Including your children in prayer is a wonderful way to help them grow in their faith and develop a personal relationship with God.

By involving them in prayer, you teach them that their voices and thoughts matter to God.

Encourage your children to join in family prayers and express their own prayers.

Let them know that they can talk to God about anything on their hearts, whether it’s thanking Him for blessings, asking for guidance, or sharing their worries and joys.

By including your children in prayer, you create a loving and safe space where they feel valued and connected to God. It’s a beautiful opportunity for them to learn and grow in their spiritual journey while strengthening the bond within your family.

Praying for Others

Praying for others as a family is a powerful and meaningful way to show love and support to those around us. It teaches our children the importance of caring for others and demonstrates the power of prayer in making a positive impact.

When we pray for others, we lift them up to God, asking Him to provide comfort, healing, guidance, and blessings in their lives. It helps us develop empathy and compassion as we become more aware of the needs and struggles of others.

Praying for others as a family also strengthens the bond within our own family, as we come together in unity, seeking God’s intervention and expressing our love for those in need. I

It’s a beautiful way to teach our children the value of selflessness and cultivate a heart of service.

Why is praying together as a family so important? 

  • Teaching and Role Modeling: Praying together allows parents to teach and model important values and principles to their children. It helps instill a sense of reverence, gratitude, and humility. Children learn from their parent’s example and guidance, and family prayer provides a platform to demonstrate the importance of prayer, faith, and reliance on a higher power.
  • Unity and Bonding: Praying together creates a sense of unity and bonding within the family. It provides an opportunity for family members to connect on a deeper level, share their joys and struggles, and seek solace and guidance together. Praying as a family helps build trust, compassion, and empathy among family members, strengthening the overall family dynamic.
  • Building a Foundation for Life: Praying together as a family establishes a strong foundation for life. Regular family prayer fosters a lifelong habit of turning to prayer in times.

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Praying together as a family Teaches our children about God:

When prayers are answered, it becomes a powerful teaching moment for children to learn about God and His presence in their lives.

Here are some ways in which answered prayers can teach children about God.

A: Faith and Trust:

Answered prayers teach children the importance of faith and trust in God. When they see that their prayers are being heard and answered, it strengthens their belief that God is faithful and reliable.

It encourages them to continue seeking God’s guidance and relying on Him in all aspects of their lives.

B: God’s Timing and Wisdom:

Sometimes prayers are answered in unexpected ways or at a different time than expected. This teaches children that God’s wisdom surpasses their own understanding.

They learn that God knows what is best for them and that His timing is perfect. It helps them develop patience, resilience, and a willingness to surrender their desires to God’s greater plan.

C: Gratitude and Thankfulness:

When a prayer is answered, it instills a sense of gratitude and thankfulness in children. They learn to recognize and appreciate God’s blessings in their lives.

Expressing gratitude for answered prayers cultivates a humble and appreciative heart, teaching children to acknowledge God’s goodness and faithfulness.

D: Helps deepen their Relationship with God:

Answered prayers deepen a child’s relationship with God. They learn that prayer is not just a one-sided conversation but a genuine dialogue with their Heavenly Father.

It encourages children to continue seeking God’s guidance, sharing their joys, concerns and desires with Him. This personal connection with God forms the foundation for a lifelong relationship built on trust, love, and open communication.

Conclusion:

Praying together as a family is an important part of raising godly children. By cultivating a habit of family prayer, we create a spiritual bond that strengthens our family and nurtures our children’s faith.

In the comments below, share a story about a time you saw the power of praying together as a family.

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Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

I’ve been a Christian most of my life, and there are times when I just want to know ALL the answers! I don’t want to read more or learn through mistakes or trials, but just KNOW what God wants me to do. Thankfully, there are many things The Bible makes clear to us. One of which is the Key to living as a true believer, and that is to pray! I know that many people may feel this answer is too simple, but it’s the truth. Continue to read and learn how prayer can guide and encourage us in our Christian lives.

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Prayer: The Key to Living as a True Believer

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Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

The Apostle Paul – the GOAT evangelist – loved to write letters. He thrived in his letter-writing ministry in the first century, and much of the New Testament of the Bible is composed of various letters he wrote to encourage the early churches.

Paul’s encouragement to Persevere

In his first letter to the church in Thessalonica, Paul addressed some pastoral issues that had risen in this young church. 

He encouraged them to persevere through persecution, pursue sexual purity, and live their lives as people who believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 of this letter opens with encouragement and a reminder that Jesus is returning.

However, we won’t be given the opportunity to post this on our calendar.

Paul wanted his readers (including you and me!) to know that we should not be sleepwalking through life while we wait.

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Paul’s teaching on prayer

Then, Paul lands the plane with his words about prayer after a long list of various exhortations.

  • Verse 12 encourages us to love and respect those who are our spiritual leaders.
  • Verse 13 reminds us to live in peace among the other followers of Christ.
  • Verse 14 tells us we are to be patient and attentive to the individual needs of others. Verse 15 reminds us to see the best in each other.

Paul wrapped up his letter with bite-sized commands, completely trusting that the Holy Spirit would equip his audience with the knowledge they need to live these commands. 

Verse 17 is where Paul makes a shift to discuss what our prayer life should look like.

The command on prayer looks different depending on which version of the Bible you prefer.

The NIV commands us to pray continually; pray without ceasing is used in the ESV version; never stop praying is found in the NLT version; and finally, pray constantly is used in the HCSB version.

Regardless of your preferred translation, the message is crystal clear. Paul wants us to know that forming a lifestyle of prayer is the goal that we should be striving for as followers of Christ.

Praying nonstop means we are having a continuous dialogue with God, coming boldly to the throne of grace to offer up praise, supplication, intercessions, petitions, and thanksgiving.

How can a follower of Jesus model the prayer life Paul described?

8 characteristics of a Biblical prayer life:

  • Someone who prays continually is someone who does not rely on their own strength (Philippians 4:13).
  • They desire to maintain a close and personal relationship with God by pouring their heart to God (Psalm 62:8).
  • They acknowledge the Holiness of God (Matthew 6:9).
  • They cast their anxiety on Him, acknowledging that God cares (1 Peter 5:7).
  • They know that God can sympathize with us in our weaknesses (Hebrews 4:15).
  • They know that God promises that if they ask anything according to His will, that He hears them (1 John 5:14). 
  • Living a life of continual prayer means a constant conversation with God is happening and that you acknowledge that He is a friend (Psalm 25:14).
  • It also means allowing yourself to praise God for who He is Lord (Daniel 2:20).

The Bible tells us to always be in prayer- if this is something you want to grow in, you can pray something like this:

Equip me to do this.  Bless me with a desire to have an ongoing dialogue with you, knowing that as I pray Your spirit will guide my words. Allow me to have a deep awareness of your character and your faithfulness. Guide my thoughts to be continuously aware of your presence in all circumstances. Align my will with Your will. Amen

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What does The Bible say about prayer

The purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. But, what does The Bible say about prayer?

The Bible contains numerous verses and passages that emphasize the importance of prayer, its purpose, and how believers should approach it. 

Continue to read as I share with you 5 things The Bible says about prayer. 

What does The Bible say about prayer?

1. The Lord gives us an example of prayer 

The Bible doesn’t just tell us to pray, but it also gives us examples of how we can pray. 

One of the most popular examples is The Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew. 

This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)

These verses are a great model for us to use when we pray. 

The Lord’s Prayer consists of six key elements:

  • Our Father in Heaven: This establishes a personal and reverent relationship with God, emphasizing His position and loving care.
  • Hallowed be your name: praises God’s holiness and reminds us to approach God with humility and wonder.
  • Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven: represents our surrender to God’s divine plan and desire to follow His purpose & plan for our lives.
  • Give us today our daily bread: We can pray to The Lord and request not only spiritual nourishment but physical nourishment as well. This shows our dependence on God.
  • And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors: This describes the importance of asking for forgiveness and giving it to others.
  • And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one: Acknowledges our tendency to veer off course and shows our need to seek God’s guidance, and protection, and the need for His support in our daily lives.

2. We should replace worry with prayer 

It is well known that just stopping a behaviour is not good enough. If we truly want to stop a certain behaviour, we MUST replace it with something different. 

We see this in scripture when it comes to worry and prayer. 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

The Bible doesn’t promise believers an easy life. It states clearly that life can bring about circumstances that cause stress. But, The Lord doesn’t just let believers dwell on the stresses of life. 

The Bible offers a powerful alternative—prayer. 

By turning to God in prayer, believers can release their anxieties and concerns into His capable hands, seeking His guidance, help, and comfort.

The peace of God will guard your hearts

In the second portion of the verse, The Bible says: And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This is a clear promise that says- when we present our requests to God with prayer and thanksgiving, we are not left in a state of fear or worry. Instead, we receive a profound, supernatural peace—a peace that goes beyond human comprehension.

Significance: This promise defines the amazing power of prayer. It assures believers that when they spend time communicating with God, they can experience a peace that defies logic and surpasses the circumstances. This peace acts as a guard, protecting our hearts and minds from the grip of anxiety and worry.

This passage reminds us that, through prayer, we can find not only relief from anxiety but also a profound and unexplainable peace that stems from our trust in a loving and caring God.

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3. Give Thanks in all things 

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

These verses describe a clear set of instructions for believers, focusing on the importance of rejoicing, prayer, and gratitude in the Christian life. 

The set of instruction are as follows: 

  • Rejoice Always: This is a command that encourages a constant spirit of joy rooted in Christ, even amidst life’s challenges. It encourages Christians reminding them that our faith can be a source of joy and comfort in all circumstances.
  • Pray Continually: Believers are encouraged to maintain an ongoing, prayerful attitude. This means seeking God’s guidance and comfort throughout the day, emphasizing a close and consistent relationship with God.
  • Give Thanks in All Circumstances: Expressing gratitude, even in difficult times, acknowledges God’s presence and sovereignty. It deepens our faith and helps us keep a positive view.

4. Confess our sins 

Before we can have a relationship with God, we must confess our sins to Him and ask for forgiveness.  

We only need to ask for salvation once, but we should continually be asking for forgiveness as we fall into different sins. 

The Bible tells us that, not only should we confess our sins to Him, but we should confess our sins to each other and pray for one another.  

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

James 5:16 (NIV)

James encourages believers to confess their sins to each other and to pray for one another’s healing. 

This practice has several layers of significance:

  • Community and Accountability: Confessing sins to fellow believers creates a sense of community and accountability within the local and global church. This tells us that we are not meant to live the challenges of this life alone but as a supportive and caring group of people.
  • Emotional and Spiritual Healing: Confession can be emotionally liberating and spiritually rejuvenating. Sharing our struggles and sins can help alleviate guilt, shame, and emotional burdens. This act of vulnerability can lead to spiritual healing and growth.

These verses encourage all believers to practice vulnerability and accountability by confessing sins to one another and praying for healing. 

It also highlights the power and effectiveness of a righteous person’s prayer, rooted in faith and aligned with God’s will. 

This passage reminds us that prayer is a powerful tool for seeking healing, both physically and spiritually, and that it is an essential part of the Christian life.

5. Everyone can find The Lord

Some people believe that God doesn’t see them and that they can’t find God. 

This is the furthest thing from The Truth as The scripture promises us that if anyone seeks God, they will find Him! 

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

These verses tell us that we have access to God and promise that those who seek Him will indeed find Him:

Asking, Seeking, and Knocking:

  • Ask: This verse encourages believers to ask God for what they need or desire. It reflects the idea that prayer is a means of making requests and expressing one’s needs and desires before God.
  • Seek: Seeking goes beyond asking; it implies a deeper, intentional pursuit of God’s presence, guidance, and truth. It suggests a sincere desire for a deeper understanding of God and His will.
  • Knock: Knocking on a door implies persistence and a desire for entry. In the context of prayer, knocking represents the act of approaching God persistently, seeking a deeper relationship or a specific answer to prayer.

The Promise of Receiving, Finding, and the Door Opening:

The verses make a powerful promise: “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” 

This promise emphasizes that God is approachable, responsive, and open to our desires.

  • Receiving: When we ask, God promises that we will receive, suggesting that our prayers are not in vain. However, it’s important to remember that the answer to our prayers may not always align with our expectations, but it will align with God’s will.
  • Finding: Those who seek God with sincerity will find Him. This implies that God is close and wants a close relationship with you. He is not hiding, and anyone who looks for Him will find Him
  • The Door Opening: Knocking signifies our desire to find God. When we do knock, God promises to open the door, indicating that He welcomes us into His presence and invites us to experience a closer relationship with Him.

These verses tell us that everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, can find the Lord through prayer and seek His guidance and presence in their lives.

Conclusion:

There are many verses about prayer in The Bible, but I believe the examples above give you a good window into the amazing relationship we can have with God. 

Prayer is not like rubbing a lamp and asking for what we want. 

It’s a means of talking to God and having a close relationship with Him.

Overall, these verses highlight the significance of prayer as a means of seeking God, finding peace, seeking forgiveness, and connecting with Him on a personal level. 

They also emphasize the importance of faith, persistence, and the transformative power of prayer in the Christian life.

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Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer in Life

Prayer is a universal practice found in various forms. It’s a deeply personal and spiritual act that serves a multitude of purposes. In Christianity, it’s important to understand the purpose of prayer. It is key to nurturing one’s faith and building a meaningful relationship with God. Continue to read as I share with you the deeper purpose of prayer. 

Explore the Deeper Purpose of Prayer

1. Communication with God: 

At its core, the purpose of prayer is to communicate with God. It’s a way for believers to express their thoughts, feelings, hopes, and concerns to God. 

Just as any relationship requires conversation, prayer allows individuals to converse with the Creator, seeking comfort, guidance, and companionship.

  • Psalm 34:17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.
  • Psalm 66:19-20 But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

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2. Seeking Guidance and Wisdom: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is for people who are seeking God’s guidance and wisdom. 

In moments of uncertainty or decision-making, believers turn to prayer to gain insight and clarity. 

Through prayer, individuals can tap into the wisdom and understanding that God offers, helping them navigate life’s challenges and choices.

  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
  • 1 Kings 3:9 So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?

3. Finding Peace and Solace: 

Life can be filled with stress, anxiety, and turmoil. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it provides a refuge for people who need peace and solace in the midst of life’s storms. 

Prayer offers a space where individuals can cast their burdens upon God, finding comfort and reassurance in His presence. 

The act of prayer itself can be a calming practice.

  • Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 46:10 He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.
  • Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

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4. Expressing Gratitude: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it’s a way to express gratitude and thanksgiving to God for the blessings in one’s life. 

It allows individuals to acknowledge the goodness and abundance they’ve received, fostering a spirit of appreciation and humility.

  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  • Psalm 107:1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
  • Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

5. Confession and Repentance: 

Another purpose of Prayer is that it also serves as a means of confession and repentance. 

Prayer provides a way for individuals to acknowledge their shortcomings, seek forgiveness, and renew their commitment to living for The Glory of God. 

  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Psalm 51:10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
  • James 5:16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

6. Building Trust and Faith: 

Another main purpose of Prayer is that it builds trust and faith in God. By regularly connecting with the divine, individuals develop a deeper sense of reliance on God’s providence and a strengthened faith that transcends life’s trials.

  • Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song, I praise him.
  • Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.
  • Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

7. Intercession and Petition: 

Prayer isn’t only focused on personal needs but extends to intercession and petition for others. 

Another main purpose of Prayer is to pray for the well-being of friends, family, and the broader community. 

This act of selflessness strengthens bonds of compassion and solidarity.

  • 1 Timothy 2:1 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.
  • Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
  • 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

8. Relationship Building: 

Ultimately, prayer is about growing and deepening one’s relationship with God. 

It’s a two-way dialogue that fosters intimacy, trust, and love between the believer and the divine. 

Through prayer, individuals can experience the presence of God in their lives and grow in their understanding of His will.

  • James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you.
  • Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
  • Psalm 63:1 You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

These Bible verses beautifully illustrate examples of prayer for various purposes. 

Whether it’s communicating with God, seeking guidance and wisdom, finding peace and solace, expressing gratitude, confessing and repenting, building trust and faith, interceding for others, or nurturing a deeper relationship with the Divine, the Bible offers guidance and inspiration for a rich and meaningful prayer life. 

The purpose of prayer in Christianity is so much more than just asking for help or salvation. It’s also a way to communicate with God. It gives us guidance, and solace, and builds our relationship with God. 

Through prayer, we can show our gratitude, make our confession, and praise The Lord for who He is and what He has done.

Prayer is a rich spiritual practice that shows our need for spiritual connection, growth, and divine intervention in our lives. 

Understanding these purposes can transform our prayer time from a ritual or habit into a profound and deep reliance on God in all aspects of our lives. 

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12 short back to school prayers

September is right around the corner which means sending our kids to school full time. Our family felt led to enroll our children in public school. Even though we have had good experiences, I am always afraid of what my children will be exposed to and what may happen while they are at school. Instead of worrying about what may happen, I have put together these 12 short back-to-school prayers. 

12 Short Back to School Prayers

I love my children very much, but I know I can’t provide them with everything they need. That is why I pray for my children, my marriage, my work and everything in between.

1. Safety 

One of my biggest fears is getting a phone call from the school letting me know my child has gotten hurt. 

I don’t like the idea that my child is at school crying and I’m not there to comfort them. So, I turn to God and ask Him to protect them and watch over them. 

Lord, I ask that you keep my child safe while they are at school. I request you to protect them from unkind words and cruel people. 

I pray you would protect them from any danger they might face at school and that they would remember they can turn to you for safety. 

Psalm 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.

John 17:15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.

2. Wisdom

The world is full of crazy ideas and ideologies. When I send my kids to school, I worry they will pick up on some of this “wisdom” and walk away from what The Lord says. When I worry about this, I say a short back to school prayer about my kids receiving wisdom from the right source. 

As I send my kids to school, I fear the world will influence them. I ask that they seek council from people who love you and who would guide them in your truth. 

I pray that as situations come up at school that they would ask you for wisdom regarding how to handle what’s going on and to trust your guidance in their lives. 

Seek Godly Counsel: Psalm 37:30 The godly offer good counsel; they teach right from wrong.

Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (NIV)

Proverbs 4:6-7 Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. (NIV)

James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. (NIV)

James 3:17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. (NIV)

a picture of children running in a school hall. They are smiling and have backpacks on. Beside the picture are the words: 12 short back to school prayers.

3. Gentle and kind

I don’t have great memories of being in school. Kids would make fun of me or ignore me completely. Kids can be so mean. As I send my kids back to school, I pray they are kind to others. 

Lord, I pray my children would treat others as they would want to be treated. I ask that you help them be kind to those around them- even if they are not being treated well. 

Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

4. Witness to those around them

One of my biggest regrets in school is not being a great witness for Christ. I was shy to share my faith. My friends knew I was a Christian, but that’s it. My prayer is for my children to be better witnesses than I was.

Lord, we know that even a small light in the darkness shines bright. I pray my child would be that light in their class and in their school. That you would give the courage to share their beliefs to those around them and that you would protect them from any negative repercussions. 

1 Peter 3:15 ESV But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,

Mark 16:15 ESV And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

5. Peace

The world is full of sin and tragedy. All these news stories can bring anxiety to kids (certainly mine). My prayer is that regardless of what is going on- my kids would feel the Peace of God in their lives. 

As my child goes to school, I pray you would fill them with your peace. I pray that no matter what is going on around them, they would feel your presence with them. I also pray that if they are feeling troubled at school, that they would remember to not be afraid and to trust in you. 

John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

6. Guard their minds

When people look at my life, it seems like there are no struggles- because most of my struggles go on inside. The Devil is a master of attacking my thoughts and has a way of leading me to second guess my faith and steps of obedience. One of my short back to school prayers is for my children to guard their minds. I know they can’t do it alone- but that God can give them the ability to do so. 

Lord, when I send my child off to school I worry about what they may learn and what they may hear. I know the school is filled with worldly wisdom and influence for evil. I pray you would guard their minds. That they would forget the bad things they hear and would remember who you are and meditate on your word. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

7. They would look to The Lord 

My oldest daughter is going into grade 7. Jr. High is the time in life when small decisions can affect the rest of your life. I worry my children will want to follow the crowd and look to their friends for advice and direction. Even though my children have great friends, my prayer is that they would first seek The Lord in all things. 

One thing that scares me the most about sending my kids to school is not being with them if they get hurt. I hate the idea that they would cry and not be able to be comforted by me. In those moments, I pray they would look towards you and remember you love them and are with them. 

Psalm 55:22 Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you;
he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Amos 5:14-15 ESV Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

8. Hold their tongues 

I have a tendency to say what I’m thinking. In the past, that tendency has led me to conflict with others. The Bible is clear about how powerful our tongues are. We know how much weight words can hold. One of my short back to school prayers is for my children to watch what they say and hold their tongues when they don’t know what to say. 

Lord, I know that it’s easy for children to say things they don’t mean or to say things to impress others. I pray you would help them hold their tongue. That the words that come from their mouths would honour you and would point to you. 

Proverbs 13:3; “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” 

Ephesians 4:29; “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

9. Good friends 

If you want to know someone, you just have to look at the people they spend time with. Usually, those people reflect a person’s beliefs and so on. Not only do I want my children to find good friends, but they would be good friends to others. 

Lord, I know that the people who surround you are the biggest influence in your life. I pray you would bring good friends to my child. I also pray that my child would be a good friend towards others. I pray they are kind, and loving towards one another and their character would reflect who you are. 

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

Hebrews 13:2 ESV Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

10. That they would try their best

I was so bored in school, and I never tried my best. I passed with mostly B. I always wonder what my grades would look like had I tried. I want better for my kids. We don’t focus on grades but on effort. We tell our children we want them to try their best. When we focus on efforts on pleasing The Lord, I find I’m more focused and have better outcomes. I want my children to learn to work for The Lord at an early age. 

It’s not about the grade, or what you have done, but who you have done it for. 

Lord, I pray that in everything my child does, that would do it in your name and for Your glory. I pray they don’t get discouraged in their work and you would remind them to continue the good work they are doing. 

Colossians 3:17 ESV And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Galatians 6:9-10 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have the opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11. Honest 

My children lie to me regularly and it drives me nuts. Just this week my kids were at day camp. My youngest (5) came home and told me a girl had punched and kicked him. I knew there was more to the story, so I heard his side of the story and made a plan to talk to the staff about it. At drop off the next day, I asked the supervisor about the incident. As I was talking, my son said: I was joking about that. 

I was shocked!! The child my son was talking about could have gotten a consequence for what he had said. 

I talked to my child about telling the truth, and how his lie could have affected other children.

With this lie fresh in my mind, I continually pray that my children will tell the truth and they will feel safe to tell me when they have lied or made a mistake. 

Lord, I pray my child would be honest to me about what they are learning, who they are friends with and what is going on in their life. I pray that if they have lies, you would convict them to share the truth with me. Lord, give me the grace and wisdom to talk to my child and provide them an environment they feel safe in and feel comfortable sharing with me what they are thinking about and the concerns they may have. 

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices

Ephesians 4:25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.

 12. Salvation

If there was a way to earn my children’s salvation- I would do whatever it takes. But, we can’t save our children. It’s up to each of our children to decide to follow the Lord and ask for forgiveness of their sins. I pray for my children’s salvation regularly. Even though all 3 have made professions of faith0 I still pray they will desire to follow The Lord and obey His will. 

Lord, I pray for my child’s salvation. My greatest desire for my child to be saved. I pray you would open their eyes and ears so that they may see and taste who you are. I pray they chose to seek forgiveness from you and that they would desire to live a life that would bring you glory. 

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Conclusion

When my oldest daughter was born, I struggled with what school she would go to and what that would look like. My husband and I prayed over the options and found The Lord leading us to send our children to public school. 

As I prayed to understand why The Lord wanted us to send our children to camp, an answer came back. God was asking me to give Him my children every day. As my children walk away from me into the school- I can’t follow.

But, I know the one who is with them. He goes before them; He is with them and He leaves behind them. He is the only one who can protect them and lead them according to His will. 

If my kids were home, I don’t think I would pray for them as much, or I wouldn’t bring them to The Lord as often as I should. But sending my kids to school every day drives me to my knees and I depend on Him every single day. 

When I shared my reason with a homeschool mom- she said her reasons were the same. She felt The Lord calling her to homeschool for the same reasons. She feels she depends more on The Lord with her kids at home than she would if she sent them to school. 

Each family makes the choice they feel The Lord leads them in. No matter what learning environment your child is in, they need your prayers. 

In the comments below, share your favourite short back-to-school prayers. 

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

As parents, we long to see our children grow in their faith and develop a vibrant prayer life. Teaching them to pray and encouraging them to engage in meaningful conversations with God is an invaluable gift we can give them. Continue reading as I share 6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray.

From leading by example to creating a nurturing environment, we will discover practical tips and insights that will empower you to guide your children in their prayer journey.

6 simple strategies to encourage children to pray

1. Taking Turns Leading Prayers:

 Give each family member a chance to lead prayers. This can be a special responsibility that rotates among family members.

It allows everyone to take an active role in prayer and share their own words with God.

Even young children can lead simple prayers, and it helps them feel included and valued.

2. Sharing Personal Prayer Requests

Encourage family members to share their personal prayer requests.

This can be done before or during prayer time. It’s an opportunity to open up and let others know what’s on our hearts.

By sharing our joys, concerns, and challenges, we create a supportive environment where we can pray for one another and offer comfort and encouragement.

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Make expressing gratitude a part of your prayer time. Encourage each family member to share something they are thankful for.

It could be a person, an experience, or a blessing in their lives.

This helps foster a spirit of gratitude and reminds us of God’s goodness. It also encourages us to look for the positive things happening around us.

4. Make it Interactive

Prayer doesn’t have to be only spoken words. Encourage creativity and variety by incorporating different elements into your prayer time.

You can sing worship songs together, create artwork or write prayers in a journal, or even engage in silent moments of reflection.

Provide different ways for your children to express themselves allows each family member to find their unique way of connecting with God.

5. Use Prayer Prompts: 

Sometimes, it can be helpful to provide prayer prompts or topics to guide prayer time.

This can be especially useful for children or those who may find it challenging to articulate their thoughts.

Prayer prompts can include things like praying for specific people, asking for God’s guidance in a particular area, or focusing on a theme such as forgiveness or love.

10 simple prayer prompts for kids

  1. Thank you, God, for…
  2. Please help me with…
  3. Dear God, please bless…
  4. I’m sorry for…
  5. God, please protect…
  6. Help me to be kind to…
  7. Thank you, God, for my family and friends because…
  8. Dear God, please give me strength to…
  9. Thank you for this beautiful day, God. Help me to enjoy it by…
  10. God, please be with those who are sad or hurting today. Comfort them and give them peace.

Remember, prayer prompts can be personalized and tailored to fit your child’s age, interests, and current circumstances. Encourage them to express their thoughts, feelings, and needs in their own words as they engage in conversation with God.

6. Be Patient and Supportive

Remember, everyone’s prayer journey is unique. Some family members may be more vocal and comfortable expressing themselves, while others may be quieter or hesitant.

Be patient and supportive, creating a safe space where everyone feels respected and valued. Encourage and affirm each person’s contributions, no matter how big or small.

Conclusion

By implementing these strategies, you create an environment where everyone feels encouraged to participate in prayer. 

It becomes a time of unity, support, and growing closer to God as a family. 

Remember, prayer is a personal and intimate connection with God, and each person’s participation adds beauty and depth to the experience.

In the comments below share your favourite strategies to encourage children to pray.

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

Teaching children about prayer is a beautiful opportunity to introduce them to the concept of talking to God, seeking guidance, expressing gratitude, and finding comfort in Him. Here are 7 age-appropriate ways to explain prayer to children. 

7 Age-Appropriate Ways to Explain Prayer to Children

1. Talking to God

Help your children understand that prayer is like having a conversation with God, just like talking to a dear friend or a loving parent.

Encourage them to share their thoughts, feelings, and concerns with Him, knowing that God listens and cares about every detail of their lives.

2. Seeking Guidance

Explain to your children that prayer is a way to seek God’s guidance and wisdom.

Teach them that they can ask God for help when facing difficult decisions or when they need guidance on how to handle specific situations. Encourage them to pray for clarity and direction.

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3. Expressing Gratitude

Teach your children to express gratitude through prayer.

Help them recognize the blessings in their lives and encourage them to thank God for His love, provision, and the people and things they appreciate. Encourage them to cultivate a heart of gratitude through prayer.

4. Finding Comfort

Explain to your children that prayer is a source of comfort and reassurance.

Let them know that when they feel sad, scared, or worried, they can turn to God in prayer and find peace in His presence. Assure them that God is always there to listen, comfort, and provide strength.

5. Simple Prayers: 

Encourage your children to pray using simple and age-appropriate language.

Teach them that prayers can be as simple as saying, “Thank you, God,” or “Help me, God,” or “I love you, God.”

Emphasize that God values their sincere and heartfelt prayers, no matter how simple or short.

6. Pray Together

Create opportunities for your family to pray together. Praying as a family helps children see the importance of prayer in their daily lives.

You can have designated prayer times, such as before meals or bedtime, or incorporate prayer into your daily routines.

Encourage your children to take turns leading prayers, allowing them to express their thoughts and feelings to God.

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7. Model Prayer

Be a role model by praying in front of your children.

Let them observe your own conversations with God, witnessing how you seek His guidance, express gratitude, and find comfort.

When children see prayer as a natural part of their parents’ lives, it becomes more accessible and meaningful to them.

Conclusion

Remember, explaining the significance of prayer to children takes time and patience. 

Each child may understand and embrace prayer differently, so adapt your explanations to their age and developmental level. 

Through your loving guidance and nurturing, you can help your children cultivate a lifelong relationship with God through prayer, enabling them to experience His love, guidance, and comfort in their lives.

In the comments below, share your favourite way to explain prayer to children. 

7 simple steps to Create a Habit of Family Prayer

One of the most powerful ways to foster this connection with God is through the practice of family prayer. In this post, I will share with you 7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer in your home. From setting a dedicated time and space to involving every family member, we will explore the essential elements needed to create a meaningful and consistent prayer routine.

7 simple steps to create a habit of family prayer

1. Choose a Consistent Time

Select a time that works best for your family, whether it’s in the morning, during mealtime, or before bedtime.

Consistency is key in forming a habit, so aim for a time when everyone can gather together without distractions.

In our family, we pray together after dinner. Then, we also pray with our children before bed.

2. Find a Quiet Space

Designate a quiet and peaceful spot in your home where you can gather as a family for prayer. It could be a corner in the living room, a cozy nook, or even a space outdoors where you can connect with God’s creation.

For our family, we pray together at the dinner table. It’s not comfortable, but it’s in the same spot every day. It’s also a great way to not lose any children in the transition from dinner to prayer time.

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3. Set Realistic Goals

Start small and set achievable goals for your prayer time.

Begin with a few minutes of focused prayer, gradually increasing the duration as your family becomes more comfortable with the routine.

Some Goals can include:
  • Praying together once a day
  • Praying for a specific amount of time- I would start with a short time and build up
  • Having multiple people pray each time
  • Praying for other people
  • Making sure to add thanksgiving in your prayer time

4. Engage Everyone

Encourage each family member to participate in prayer. Share personal prayer requests, express gratitude, and pray for one another.

Engaging children by asking them to share their own prayers can foster their spiritual growth and deepen their connection with God.

5. Utilize Prayer Resources

Explore prayer resources such as prayer journals, devotionals, or guided prayer apps that can provide structure and inspiration for your family’s prayer time.

These tools can help guide your conversations with God and make the experience more meaningful.

In our family, we don’t use any resources. We just pray for the things on our minds and for people who we feel we want to pray for.

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6. Be Flexible

Understand that life can get busy, and schedules may change.

Be flexible in adapting your prayer routine to fit the demands of each season.

Remember, what matters most is the genuine intention to connect with God as a family.

In our family, not every night works to pray together. Sometimes I have to work, or we don’t have a lot of time between dinner and the next activity. We want to pray as often as we can, but we are also mindful that we don’t want it to become forced or something we just do.

7. Make it Interactive

Incorporate different prayer practices to keep your family engaged. It could be singing worship songs, reading scripture together, or even incorporating creative activities like drawing or writing prayers.

One thing we do is ask our children what they want to pray for and then encourage them to pray. If they don’t want to share, that’s ok- but this way they feel included in the prayer time.

Conclusion

By setting aside dedicated time for prayer and establishing a routine that works for your family’s schedule, you create space for God to work in your lives.

As you start praying as a family, remember that it is not just a task to be checked off but a beautiful opportunity to commune with God as a family, share your joys and concerns, and seek His guidance together.

May your commitment to family prayer bring unity, peace, and blessings that overflow into every aspect of your lives.

Embrace this practice, and watch as your family grows closer to God, experiences His presence, and witnesses the transformative power of prayer.

In the comments below, share your best tips to create a habit of family prayer.

8 prayers for back to school

Summer is quickly winding down, and school starts again in just a few short weeks. This is the time of year I purchase all the materials they need to go back to school. But our kids need more than just material goods, they also need our prayers. If you have children, I encourage you to pray for them in all areas of their life, including prayers for back to school. If you are like me and aren’t sure where to start, or you need encouragement as your kids go back to school, continue to read as I share 8 prayers for back to school.

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Asking The Lord to show us the way

As soon as my oldest child was born, I was worried about school. Where would she go? Would we homeschool? Would we pick the public school board, the Catholic board, or a private school?

I spent many hours worrying about how it would all look.

When my daughter was first born, I really wanted to homeschool her, but my husband didn’t agree. So, instead of fighting over it, I knew there was time for him to change His mind, so I brought it all to The Lord in prayer.

I was convinced my answer would be what God wanted.

But, after years of worrying and praying, The Lord made it clear to me and my husband that He wanted us to place our children in public school. We also decided that we would make school choices for each child and each year they faced. That way, if we needed to change things later, we could.

The Lord has given me such peace about our decision. I still worry about the things the kids are exposed to at school, but the number one reason I feel The Lord called me to send my kids to school is that I would have no other choice but to give The Lord my children and depend on Him to look after them.

For me, if the kids were home, I would be less likely to pray for them and over them. But sending them out of the house into a secular environment drives me to my knees.

Over the years, I have prayed many prayers over my children as they leave the house and go to school.

How to add a prayer for back to school

If you are a Christian and have kids, chances are you already praying for them regularly. So, when kids go back to school, it’s easy to add a prayer for back to school.

My younger sister has 5 kids, and for many years she would walk them to school, and at one specific spot on their walk, she would stop and pray over her kids about what they faced at school- a test, friends, focus, and other things. It was a quick prayer, but it was intentional.

I give you this example because as moms you are already busy. The thought of adding one more ritual or one more thing to add to your prayer list may feel overwhelming.

Praying for your kids as they go back to school doesn’t have to be like that. It can be simple and quick or longer. The best thing is you can do this how you want.

Ask yourself: When does it make sense to pray for my kids about school?

Whatever you answer, start there. Add a note in your calendar, set an alarm as a cue to pray, and pick a spot on a walk to pray.

If you are not sure where to start or what to pray for, I want to share 8 prayers for back to school.

For each prayer, I’ve added verses you can use as prayers, but I’ve also added a prayer that is a modification of the verse. You can use either, both, or your own from the verses I share.

8 prayers for back to school

As I was writing this post, this song came on the radio and it was the perfect song for this post. So play this song and read the prayers as you pray for your children.

1. Pray for your child to be saved

One of my biggest desires for my kids is that they choose to recognize their sins and turn to God for forgiveness. If I could do anything I could to save my kids, I would. It turns out, that the best thing we can do is lead a life as an example to them, and pray for them.

So, even though salvation has nothing to do with school, sending my kids into the world reminds me how much my kids need The Lord and reminds me to pray for their salvation.

  • John 10:28-29  “And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand. My Father, which gave them to Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father’s hand.”
  • 1 Peter 3:18 ESV For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,

Lord, thank you for (child’s name). Thank you for loving them and dying for them. I pray they would recognize their need for a savior and that they would ask you for forgiveness. Help me witness to them through my love for them, my actions, and my words.

2. Pray that your child knows God is with them

As a mom who has 3 kids in school, it would be easy for me to worry about my kids all day. Instead, I remember that they are not alone and that God is with them. Not only is this comfort for me, but it’s also a comfort for my kids.

When they come home and tell me they had a bad day, or they made a mistake and didn’t know what to do. They often will then say they wanted me there with them. As much as it hurts me to see them in pain, I take the opportunity to remind them that mom can’t always be with them, but God is with them everywhere they go. We then pray together and talk about strategies they can use the next time they feel this way.

  • Genesis 28:15  “And, behold, I am with you, and will keep you in all places where you go, and will bring you again into this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done that which I have spoken to you about.”
  • Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yes I will help you; yes I will uphold you with the right hand of My righteousness.”
  • Hebrews 13:5-6   “For He has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” So that we may boldly say, “The Lord is my Helper,” and I will not fear what man shall do to me.”

Lord, I pray for (child’s name). Sending them into the world scares me. Thank you that you are with them, even when I can’t be. I pray they feel your presence and remember you are there to comfort them, give them peace and wisdom.

3. Pray for your child to turn to God for safety 

My worst nightmare is getting a call from the school telling me my child is hurt.

My oldest daughter has anxiety, and one day I was visiting a friend who lived 45 minutes away from the school. During that visit, I got a call from the school. It was my daughter’s teacher. She told me that Meredith was having a hard time and was asking if I wanted to get her now.

She explained the situation to me, and it didn’t sound urgent, so I told her we could wait it out and see if she could settle down on her own.

I’m not sure how much time passed, but my phone soon ran again.

This time, it was my daughter. I could hear her and I knew she was having a panic attack and whatever the teachers were trying wasn’t working.

I hung up the phone and RACED HOME!! I called my husband to tell him what was going on. He worked close to school and got an Uber ride to school to be there with her.

The whole ride to school, I prayed she would be ok. I prayed over the guilt I was feeling for not leaving right away. I covered her in prayer for the entire 45-minute drive.

By the time I got to school, she was still having a panic attack, and I calmed her down within a few minutes of getting there.

Talk about WORRY!

I can’t always be there for my kids. I can’t protect them from everything they face. BUT, I know someone who is there with them and has the power to protect them and keep them. So I regularly pray for my kid’s physical safety.

  • Psalms 18:2-3  “The Lord is my rock, and my fortress and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in Whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from my enemies.”
  • Psalms 32:7  “You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall compass me about with songs of deliverance.”

Psalms 46:1-2  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the middle of the sea.”

Lord, keep (child’s name) safe. Protect them from physical danger, and emotional danger.

4. Pray for your child to put their confidence in God

My oldest daughter is now 13. She’s going through the stage where she knows she’s right all the time. She’s pretty confident in her knowledge and thinks mom and dad have no clue. LOL ! I can relate. I’m sure I was the same at her age.

We all have times in our lives when we are sure of something. We trust in what we know. Then, one day something happens, and that confidence gets shattered.

It’s an easy thing to trust in jobs, ability, money, and other things that don’t last forever.

If it’s easy for me to fall into that way of thinking, how much easier is it for my kids to put their confidence in the wrong things. That is why I pray that my kids put their faith in The Lord and what He calls them to.

  • Proverbs 3:26  “For the Lord shall be your confidence, and shall keep your foot from being taken.”
  • Philippians 1:6  “Being confident of this very thing, that He which has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

Lord, I pray that (child’s name) not be tempted to chase popularity, money, status or anything else that may look good. I pray they KNOW you are the only constant. You never change. Not only that, but that they would know they can count on you. You are the only thing that doesn’t change. I pray they understand that and put all their confidence in you.

5. Pray for protection over evil

As a teenager at camp one summer, I felt an evil spirit over the camp. It came to divide and instill fear. I remember huddling with a few other girls. We all felt this dark spirit and knew it wasn’t from God.

It’s hard to explain, but it was my first experience with feeling evil around me. The word of God tells us we are fighting against something that isn’t flesh and blood. We can’t see it. So, how do we fight against something like that? The only way is to take on the armor of God and depend on Him to fight those demons.

The devil is cunning and the father of lies. It’s important we pray our children are protected from his influence.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 ESV For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
  • Ephesians 6:10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand
  • Psalm 118:9-11 ESV It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. All nations surrounded me; in the name of the Lord I cut them off! They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

Lord, thank you for being bigger and more powerful than anything else in this universe. I pray you protect (child’s name) from the lies of this world and any influence that isn’t you. Give them wisdom to know the difference between truth and a lie. Help them depend on you for strength and protection.

6. Pray for power over temptation

Every single one of us knows the power of temptation. As a kid, I was regularly tempted to lie, and steal. Some days, I overcame those temptations, but most of the time I gave in.

Every day our kids are tempted to watch things they shouldn’t, be part of conversations they shouldn’t be in, fit in with the crown, and much more.

As parents, we can intervene on their behalf and ask God to give them power over temptations.

  • James 4:7 ESV Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13 ESV No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Lord, I know that (child’s name) is tempted by something every day. As they are tempted, I pray you would show them a way of escape. That they would know they can set boundaries, say no and walk away. Give them the courage to say no. Give them power over temptation.

7. Pray for your child’s relationship with The Lord

When I was a teenager, I remember being in my parent’s kitchen talking to a guest we were hosting. She asked me what I was looking for in a husband and I said: I just want someone who is saved.

She looked at me and told me I should want more. I should want a man who loves God and who lives his life for The Glory of God.

Anyone can say they are saved, but it’s much better proof to see spiritual fruit in someone’s life.

I am thrilled when my kids make professions of faith, but it’s not enough. I want more for them. I want them to grow in their faith. I want them to seek the Lord in everything they do and that they would want to honor The Lord in everything they do.

That’s why it’s important for us to pray for our kids and their relationship with The Lord.

  • James 4:8 ESV Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
  • Isaiah 40:28-31 ESV Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
  • Isaiah 55:6 ESV “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call upon him while he is near;

Lord, thank you that (child’s name) has made a profession of faith. I pray that they want to grow in their faith and take steps to do that. Help them seek you in everything they do and want to honor you in everything they do.

8. Pray for your child’s character 

One of the sweetest things about being a mom is watching your children’s relationship with The Lord grow. I almost cried the first time I saw my daughter raise her hands in worship. It was a beautiful moment.

As our children grow in their faith, we can continue to pray for them as they know more about The Lord, life, and how to live to glorify Him.

There are many verses we can pray through, but instead of going through each one and creating prayers for each, I made a list of Godly characters I want my children to grow in and added a verse for each and added a general prayer at the end.

  • That they would be sober-minded and vigilant 1 Peter 5:8-9 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
  • That they would know the truth and tell it John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free
  • That they would want to obey you and your spouse Ephesians 6:1-2 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise:
  • That they would cast their anxieties on God 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you
  • That they would think about true and good things Philippians 4:8 ESV Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
  • That they would feel the peace of God John 16:33 ESV I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
  • That they would be watchful and stand firm in their faith 1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.

Lord, thank you for (child’s name). I thank you that they have made a profession of faith. I pray that they would want to know you more, that they would grow in their faith and become more and more like you everywhere.

Praying for our kids is the number 1 thing we can do to help our children grow in their faith and knowledge of God.

I shared many verses and prayers, but don’t feel you need to pray each one every day. I suggest you pick one verse or prayer and use that to pray one day or one week. Then the next day or week, pick another one.

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