Your intentional daily prayer for your children will help you focus on the specific needs of your child and the abundant promises of God.
When you became a mother, you probably had very little idea of how big a change it was going to make in your life. From days with little children running underfoot to the day your children move away to college and then begin their own, independent life, your focus is to surround that child of yours with your prayers. When you spend time in prayer for children, the power of prayer can carry you through difficult times by the power of the Holy Spirit and the peace of God.
As a parent, you influence, instruct, and encourage, but the most important part of parenting is the daily prayer for your child. Only with God’s help and direction can you begin to see the full potential that God has planned for your child.
You will likely spend hours praying about raising your child, that God’s love will fill your children’s hearts, that they will learn to love the instruction of the Lord, and walk their life as a child of God, following good plans God has for them.
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Daily Prayer for Your Children
One of the most important things our children need from us is our prayers. It doesn’t matter if they are a newborn baby, younger children, or adult children, we are still mommas and they are still our children.
The book Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children by Mark Batterson has some very specific ways to inspire your daily prayer for children and introduces the idea of praying a circle around your child. Putting this concept into play as you pray for your child every day will reap eternal results. As you read your Bible and come across texts or promises that you could pray for them, physically circle the verses in your Bible. The Word of God is powerful and His promises do not change from one generation to the next.
Make a list of these verses on an index card and use it as your bookmark. Every time you see those promises, claim them and pray for your child. If you’d like a headstart on your promise list, 31 Bible Promises to Pray for Your Children will help you get started.
What to Pray for Your Child Every Day
Create a page or get this Praying for Others Prayer Journal and create a circle for each of your children. Inside the circle, list the things you are praying for them, and then add promise texts around the circled names. Your powerful prayers will be heart by God. Praying for your children is a precious gift that God has given us to be able to transfer our worries and concerns to Him.
He knows the best way to lead them, help them find true friends who will help them be strong against peer pressure, have a pure heart, and grow in the fear of the Lord. When we pray on behalf of our children, God can change our own understanding and teach us the best way to parent, to support, and encourage our children.
In this book, Mark Batterson writes about our prayers being prophetic. I love the picture of praying for our children and having those prayers cover them in the present but also in the future. Just like Samuel, Hannah prayed for him before he was born and long after he was born. Her prayers covered him even after he was an old man because she had prayed for him in faith.
One of the texts I have circled for my children is Luke 2:52. I have been praying that they would “grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” When you are praying daily for your child, you focus your prayers on the things that are current in their life as well as their future plans and life. As you think about your prayer for children and the needs they have, this will help you determine what promises or requests you need to pray about.
Focusing on Daily Prayer for Children
Through every stage of parenting, there are different areas as you focus on daily prayer for your children. When they are young, you pray for their safety. You also pray that they will learn the lessons of obedience, kindness, and honesty. As they grow older, your prayers expand and you pray for safety and protection in their relationships, in what they watch, and what they are doing.
It’s not just physical safety but also spiritual safety. I know that my parents still pray for me as their child and I love knowing that even when I’m old, I’ll still be their child and they will continue to pray for me.
Praying Circles Around Your Child
Using scriptures to pray for your child helps you pray God’s word. When you use God’s word to pray for others, you know that He will honor His promises. As you focus on praying daily for your children, you are giving God permission to work in their life every day. Picture your praying time as praying circles around your child.
Your prayers can allow God to set up a hedge of protection around your child, encourage your child because you’ve given Him permission to work in their life. When you begin the day with a circle of prayer morning prayers, you can rest assured that God hears and will answer according to His will.
Your child will always have the freedom to choose, but that doesn’t stop God from working on their behalf when you are praying circles around your child.
Praying Circles Around the Lives of Your Children brings encouragement about how important it is to pray for our children, young or old. As a parent, you have the ability to prophetically pray for your children that they will follow God.
Simple Ways to Pray Daily for Your Children
If you struggle with what to pray for your children, Praying Moms – Using Scripture to Pray for Others can give you a head start. You will find some new ideas and new ways to pray prophetically for your children. As you begin praying circles around your child in prayer, you have the assurance that God wants the very best for them as well.
Think about your daily schedule. When can you specifically pray circles around your child? Where can you leave those index cards with promises on them so you can pray those promises throughout the day?
Specific Times to Engage in Prayer for Children
Praying circles around your child may sound overwhelming and like it might take a lot of intentional time. But when you have some Bible verses and specific things your are spending time in daily prayer for your children, you can enter into prayer often throughout the day. God hears you no matter how, when, and where you pray, so don’t let your circumstances get in the way of praying circles around your child.
Think about your day. When do you have times when you are doing things that don’t require a lot of thought? These are perfect times to spend time in prayer for your children!
- When you have morning devotions
- After you drop them off at school
- While you are making lunches in the morning
- Folding laundry
- In the shower
- bedtime prayers
- or anytime that you think of praying for your children
Praying daily for your children doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. God loves to communicate with you at any time! You don’t have to kneel down, close your eyes, and fold your hands to talk to God. He will be listening if you have your eyes open while you are driving home from school. (Please keep your eyes open while you are driving!)
Parent’s Prayer for Children
The job of parenting isn’t a one-and-done job. This is why making a habit of daily prayer for your children is crucial. Only as you pray for your child, can you truly entrust your child to God’s care and protection. This enables Him to work in your child’s life each day. A parent’s prayer for their children is one of the most powerful things you can do as you raise your children.
Your simple prayer requests is the best way to navigate difficult situations, bless your children’s lives, and hold your children in your loose hands so God can work in their life. As a Christian parent, your children are your mission field!
Here are some short prayer examples that you can use as a sample as you develop your prayer life, praying for good things in your child’s life, for your children’s protection, for the peace of your children, for their good behavior that is based on the their own heart full of love for Jesus.
Dear Father in Heaven. Today, I pray for wisdom in raising my child. Teach me how to daily pray for my children, how to love them, and most of all, how to reflect You to them. Please help me to represent You to them in a loving way that attracts them to You. Hide and cover my imperfections and guide me as I raise this child to follow You. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Lord God, today I feel in over my head. I don’t have the answers and parenting is hard. Thank you for this child you have blessed me with. Help me to treasure them, be present for them, and guide them to You, o Lord. As they are growing, help them to grow in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man just like Jesus did.
Help me to encourage them, support them, and redirect them to You. Thank you for your promises. Today I claim the promise that You will give wisdom when I ask. Today I am asking for Your wisdom. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for the blessing you have given me in my child. I am so thankful that they are a part of my life. Today I pray for them to grow with a servant’s heart that will be modeled after God’s heart. I pray that You will guide and direct them through the challenges of life and times of trouble that they will likely encounter today.
Help them to remember the powerful scriptures they have memorized and bring those to their mind as they need them. Help them to be a good friend to those around them and please continue the good work You are doing in their life. Please help them to have a love of God all the days of their lives. In the name of Christ Jesus, amen.
Dear God, thank you so much for the good plans you have for my children. Thank You for the gift of life! You know the specific way that You are directing their steps. I pray for (child’s name) to have a good morning. Please surround them with people who will encourage and support their spiritual development. Remind them of the biblical truths that they’ve been taught and help them to develop a genuine faith as they grow.
Protect their young minds from evil and help them to see the great way You are leading them on a daily basis. When they face a fearful situation help them to cling to you, dear Jesus. Thank You for being Almighty God – God with us! In the name of Jesus, amen.
Prayer for Children – Every Day Prayer
Start today with one request and one Bible verse to add into your daily prayer for children. Add to that list as you find more promises that apply to your children or their needs. Pray for guidance as you raise your children. If your children are grown, adjust your prayers and claim promises for them in their adult life.
As you focus on daily prayer for your children, you will find that you are able to lay aside some of your worries and concerns as you give your children and their needs to God. You will be able to see that the very best place for your worries about your kids is at the feet of Jesus.
Each prayer for your children will connect You with the powerful promises of God for your child, for long life, for good deeds to be evidence of their relationship with their Father God, and represent the fact that Jesus lives in their lives and yours.
Pray those requests and praises and then sit back and see how God is working in your child’s life.
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