As a Christian, making time for prayer is very important to me.
As a wife and mother, it’s equally important that I dedicate time in prayer for my family.
When we found out that we were expecting baby #2, I decided to challenge myself to pray consistently for my children.
In my efforts to stay spiritually connected, I’d always say small prayers here and there, but I knew that I wanted to be intentional about covering them in prayer – especially while they’re young.
So I decided to gather a few of my favorite scriptures, and be intentional about memorizing them and praying them over my children until it becomes a habit.
“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
– Proverbs 22:6
Since there are so many good verses to choose from, I decided to focus on praying for their salvation, godly virtues and that they’d develop the fruits of the spirit:
If you’ve been wanting to start being intentional about praying over your children, these verses are a great place to start!
For Their Salvation
And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.”
– Acts 16:31
To Love God
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment.
– Matthew 22:37-38
To Love People
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
– John 15:12
To Have Joy
“You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
– Psalm 16:11
To Have SELF-CONTROL
“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
– 2 Timothy 1:7
To Be Obedient
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right..”
– Ephesians 6:1
To Be Slow To Anger
“ Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.”
– James 1:19
To Respect Others
Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
– 1 Peter 2:17
To Be Prayerful
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
– Philippians 4:6
To Be Compassionate
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
– Ephesians 4:32
To Be Bold
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
To Be Honest
For we aim at what is honorable not only in the Lord’s sight but also in the sight of man.
– 2 Corinthians 8:21
TO Let Their Light Shine
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
– 1 Timothy 4:12
To Have Faith
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
– Hebrews 11:1
For Their Protection
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
– Deuteronomy 31:6
There you have it!
15 scriptures to pray over your children!
My plan is to pray a different scripture each day and start over on the 16th day.
This will help with consistency as well as scripture memorization.
I’ll eventually add a few more prayers here and there but I think this is a good start!
Do you have any specific verses that you pray over your children?
If so, leave them in the comments below!