Praying scripture is a powerful way to pray. Because God has promised that His Word will not return to Him void (Isaiah 55:11). So when we wield our Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17) we are praying in a powerful way that pleases God when we do it properly. And by properly I simply mean as long as we don’t twist scripture to mean something it doesn’t mean in order to fit with our own desires.
And this technique for praying can be used in any area of your life. But today I want to share with you a collection of scripture that we, as mothers, can (and should) pray over our children. Praying God’s Word into the lives of your children is such a special gift to give them.
So let’s explore some awesome verses that can be used to pray over your children. Take these scriptures and re-word them into a prayer for each of your kids.
Note: These are simply ordered from beginning to the end of the Bible, not in any order of importance or weight.
“The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Pray that God will bless and keep your children. That He would always shine His face upon them and be gracious to them.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Pray that your children will be strong and have courage. That they would not fear or be afraid of the enemy and the trials that they face in life. Pray that they would trust that God is with them and that He will help them to get through whatever life throws at them.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Pray that your kids would trust in the Lord with all their heart. That God would direct their paths and that they would trust in God more than in their own knowledge.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”
Pray that your children would fear the Lord. And that in doing so God would grant them wisdom, knowledge of the holy, and understanding.
“He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
Pray for your kids to seek and to find good, godly friendships. And that they would not follow those who are fools.
“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Pray that your children will always seek the Lord. And that God would always renew their strength so that they can run and not grow weary or walk and not grow faint in this life.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
Pray that the Lord would bring peace to your children and that He would always think on them and make good plans for them.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Pray for them to have a faith in God big enough to move mountains.
“Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Pray that your children will love the Lord their God with ALL their hearts, and ALL their souls, and ALL their minds. And that they would love others as they would love themselves.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Pray for your kids to come to know Jesus, the only begotten Son of God. And pray that they would believe on Jesus, so that they would not perish but have everlasting life.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Pray that they would come to know the truth of God and find salvation in Jesus. So that they can be made free from the consequences of their sins.
“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”
Pray for your children to believe on Jesus Christ with all their hearts, so that they (and their future families) might be saved.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Pray that the would not fall in line with the world’s thinking. That they wouldn’t buy into the garbage that the world will try to sell them. But rather that they would seek after God with all their hearts and that they would be transformed by that relationship with God.
“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
Pray for your kids to be filled with joy, peace, and hope by believing in God. Pray that they would be filled with the Holy Ghost who can lead them to all these precious gifts.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Charity [love] suffereth long, and is kind; charity [love] envieth not; charity [love] vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.”
Pray that they would learn to truly love others. That they would learn what love given from God looks like, and seek that over the false love that the world has to offer.
2 Corinthians 13:14
“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
Pray that your children would be blessed with the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
Pray that they would bear the fruit of the Spirit in everything they do and towards everyone they meet.
“And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Pray for your children to be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving towards others. That they might see the importance of forgiving others because God has forgiven us.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.”
Pray that your kids would be obedient and respectful toward you and both of their parents.
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
Pray that your children would learn how to put on the armor of God. That they might equip themselves with each piece of armor so that they will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy.
“Be careful for nothing [Do not be anxious about anything]; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”
Pray for them to not worry about the stresses of life, but rather bring them before God in prayer and supplication, always giving thanks for the things that God has done for them.
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
Pray for them to come to know Jesus Christ intimately and passionately. And that they might find strength through Jesus in all that they do.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Pray for all of their needs to be met by God.
2 Timothy 1:7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Pray for your children to put off any and all fear, but rather walk in the power of God and the love that He has given them. Pray for them to have clarity and wisdom in all that they do.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Pray for God to give your children wisdom, even from a young age.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Pray for them to submit themselves to God. Pray that they would have the strength and stamina to resist the devil in whatever temptations he throws at them so that he will flee.
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
Pray for your kids learn how to be content with the things that they have. That they wouldn’t covet after everything they see, and that greed would not overtake them.
1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Pray that your children will confess their sins to God. Pray that God would forgive them for their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.
3 John 1:2
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”
Pray for God to bless them with good health in mind, body, and soul.
Pray these scriptures over your kids every day
Praying for your children is so important. Some of your best parenting will be done in prayer. So it’s important to take time every day to pray for your children. And praying these scriptures is a powerful way to do that.
But don’t forget that there are so many other wonderful verses in the Bible that you can pray over your kids. If you come across one that speaks to you and/or your child personally, take time to pray it over them too.
What verses do you like to pray over your children? Share them in the comments below!