We all often acknowledge a belief in the power of prayer. Are we applying this power to the ones we hold dearest? Have you ever tried praying specific words of Scripture over your children? This one mother does. ♦
A couple of years into her marriage, my daughter shared with me a series of Bible verses that she compiled together into a faithful prayer for her husband. I was so struck by it I asked her permission to highlight it in a blog post (see BV 10-19-13 post: A Wife’s Prayer for Her Husband). No doubt every man and household would be so blessed to have such powerful words of Scripture prayed over him by his own wife.
She recently felt compelled to go through the same process for her two young children. She shared this new compilation of common Bible verses in a prayer for her own children. I’ve received permission to share it here. I do so as an encouragement to all of us who acknowledge a belief in the power of prayer.
Are we applying this power to the ones we hold dearest, our own children? This applies to our young and to even adult children. It can be a prayer for our grandchildren. Read this, pray this, and consider the impact of calling upon the love and power of God to be directed on your own precious children.
It just might change how you pray going forward.
A Prayer For My Children
Jesus, above all else I ask that you would call my children to yourself and that nothing would hinder them from coming to you (Matthew 19:14). May they confess with their mouths you as Lord, Jesus, and believe in their hearts that God raised you from the dead (Romans 10:9). Let your Word richly dwell within them, Father (Colossians 3:16), and even as they grow in knowledge and understanding I pray that they will never lose their childlike faith (Luke. 18:17).
Lord, let our children know and embrace the magnitude of your love (Ephesian 3:18) and the freedom of your grace (Romans 6:14), learning daily to walk and be empowered by the Spirit and not to carry out the desires of their flesh (Ephesian 3:16; Gal. 5:16). Teach them to actively submit to you, to be quick to confess and forsake their sin, and to resist the devil so he will flee from them (Proverbs 28:13; James 4:7). As they turn from evil, let them cling to you, love you, and hunger and thirst for righteousness (Joshua 23:8,11; Matt. 5:6), and in so doing may they obey you (1 John 1:3) and bear fruit so that your joy may be in them, Jesus (John 15:10-11).
Help them also to honor us, their parents, by obeying us in your name (Ephesians 6:1-2). Today and always, I pray our children will be kind, tender-hearted and forgiving toward one another and others (Ephesian 4:32), and may they regard each other and all others as more important than themselves (Philippians 2:3). Surround our children with wise, God-fearing peers and mentors who will help us teach and demonstrate for them how to seek wisdom, listen to counsel and walk in integrity (Proverbs 8:17, 12:15, 10:9). Keep their minds pure, desiring and dwelling on all things good and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8) and overflowing with gratitude (Colossians 2:7).
Finally, incline our children’s hearts, Lord God, to pray in all things (Ephesians 6:18; Phil. 4:6; 1 Thessalonians. 5:17; Jam. 5:13-16). Grant us the greatest joy, Father, by allowing us to see our children walking in the Truth (3 John 1:4). We give you all praise and glory, Lord, for all the work you have done and will do in our children’s hearts and lives. Amen.
After praying this prayer one can’t help but feel assured and encouraged that the family is covered – like a spiritual blanket of blessing, guidance, and protection. There is power and wonder in the petition and ushering of God upon one’s own children in humble submission and dedication. And as the Good Father, he will respond as promised, even unto generations. Therein lies a parent’s legacy.
In that Truth we can rest and trust, and be in profound peace.
Parents, are you praying for your children like this?
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children. – Psalm 103:17