The power of prayer. It’s so sad to be 25 already and I am just now realizing the power we yield through our prayers. Because of that, I have been earnestly praying for my little family. Our kids need protection from the enemy just as much as we do. Their little minds and hearts are subject to influence and persuasion so easily. Our prayers can protect them and keep them on the path God has for them. At the end of the day our children still have a choice, and they can still choose wrong, but our prayers will definitely make a difference! Through prayer, we invite God into our circumstances and ask Him in faith to do things that we cannot on our own. Here are 20 powerful Scriptures to pray over your children.
There are 10 main areas I like to focus on praying for my children. For each area I have a few Scriptures you can pray over your children. Let’s do it!
First and most importantly, we need to pray for their salvation. Our ultimate goal as parents is that our children are genuinely saved and believe in Jesus. Salvation gives them hope and a beautiful future promised by God.
“Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10
2. Protection from Harm (Health & Safety)
How many of your prayers end with, “And please God keep us safe and healthy?” I ALWAYS pray for safety and health. When I think back on it, God has honestly protected me from so much and I am certain it is because of my prayers. Now it is time to pray that prayer over our children. We must pray that their bodies remain healthy and free from disease and illness. We also must pray that God will keep them protected from harm and put a hedge of protection around them. I also pray that God would send his angels to surround and protect my babies as they sleep.
“The Lord will keep you from all harm he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 127:7-8
“Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.” 3 John 1:2
“For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12
3. Honor Their Parents
There is a reason that “honor your parents” made it on the list of the 10 commandments. God wants us as children to “obey” our parents, but as adults we are to “honor” them. As adults, we become responsible for our own actions and our own lives. We are no longer subject to our parents’ decrees, but we must continue to respect them. Honoring and obeying our parents develops a habit of obedience and respect for authority. This is a trait that will serve our kids well on Earth as well as in our relationship with God.
“Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.” Colossians 3:20
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12
4. Feel Loved By God
I believe that feeling the love of God is critical for our children. Growing up in Christian home I always knew God, but I never understood or felt the love He had for me. Feeling the weight of God’s love for me was essential for me to make my faith my own. (You can read my testimony here)
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
5. Resist Temptation
We want our kids to realize they have the power of Jesus living inside of them, which means sin has no hold on them. They have the power to resist. We pray that they realize that and that they confidently resist.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13
6. Find Their Purpose
We must pray that our children always know to find their purpose in the Lord. God’s plans are so much greater for us than we can think of ourselves. Even as a parent, of all the dreams I have for my children, God has greater ones. That’s why we surrender our futures and purposes to Him.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
7. A Strong Mind
Having a strong mind is something I pray over my children because it is something I struggle with. All of my spiritual weakness and attacks come through my thoughts. I want to be proactive in praying for my children’s minds so the enemy cannot even get close to theirs.
“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“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.” Romans 12:2
8. Godly Friendships
There’s a saying I hear my husband say all the time, “You are who you hang out with.” I want my children to have friends who love Jesus and who will push them to do the right thing.
“Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.'” 1 Corinthians 15:33
“Oil and perfume make the heart glad, and the sweetness of a friend comes from his earnest counsel.” Proverbs 27:9
9. Love for God’s Word and Truth
Our kids delighting in reading the Bible is a HUGE success. We won’t always be there to guide them and to tell them right from wrong. The Bible is God’s word, and it won’t return void. I always pray that my children will have a love for God’s word and that it will be written on their heart.
“For I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.” Psalm 119:47-48
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11
“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Hebrews 8:10
“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” Joshua 1:8
10. Love Others
This commandment was very important to Jesus. If we teach and pray for our kids to love others, they will be able to show Jesus to everyone they meet.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
The Bible states in James 5:16 “the prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” I would love to hear what God does as you intentionally pray these 20 powerful Scriptures over your children. Please let me know in the comments! Also if you are struggling with praying and feel like God isn’t answering, read my recent blog post about “What is the Point of Praying When God Doesn’t Answer?” Hope you enjoyed, don’t forget to subscribe below!