God’s Word is filled with so many promises for not only us as parents but also for our children. Now, more than ever before I believe we need to be covering our kid’s in prayer. And, what better prayers are there than those that come straight from Scripture? I put together 10 Scriptures to pray over your children to keep them under His covering in their coming and going.
When our son was a baby my husband and I attended an all day parenting conference at a church nearby. One of the things that stood out to me the most was the speaker telling us about how he would pray Numbers 6: 24-26 over his kids everyday.
This passage of scripture is known as the “Priestly Blessing” or the “Aaronic Blessing”. This was a blessing given by God for His protection, presence and peace to the Israelites. The passage says:
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
He would pray this scripture over his kids everyday! Earlier this year, Kari Job and Cody Carnes created a song based on this scripture called “The Blessing”.
Immediately when I heard the song (I highly recommend you add this to your favorite tunes), it brought me back to that parenting conference all those years earlier and the prayer that the speaker prayed over his kids.
Why You Should Pray Over Your Children
I started thinking of all of the powerful scriptures in God’s written Word and how they were given to us as promises and blessings that we can pray over our kids.
And the beautiful thing about Scripture is that when we don’t know what to pray or we don’t have the words to pray- we can pray these verses over our children.
We can pray them over every need because God is faithful, and His word will not return empty, amen?
But you may not know what to pray over your children.
You can use these 10 Scriptures to pray over your children, or focus on one or two at a time. Use them whichever way you’d like and hold onto them as the promises of God that they are.
Turn each Scripture below into a prayer and insert your child’s name. If you have never done this before, don’t worry. I have provided and example that you can fill in as it applies to your child.
1. Prayer for obedience to the Lord
“And now Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all of your heart and will all of your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” Deuteronomy 10: 12-13
Father, I pray that (insert your child’s name here) would have a holy fear and reverence toward You, that (insert your child’s name here) would walk in obedience to You, love You and serve You with all of his/her heart. I pray that (insert your child’s name here) would observe Your commands and decrees You have given him/her through Your Word. Amen.
2. Prayer for protection
“You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7
I thank You gracious God for being a hiding place for (insert your child’s name here). You are faithful to protect (insert your child’s name here) all the days of his/her life and fill him/her with songs and praise of deliverance. Amen.
3. Prayer for help in time of need
“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 121:7-8
Heavenly Father, I thank You for entrusting us with (insert your child’s name here). I can’t imagine loving him/her any more than I do now, but You do Father. Because, before he/she was ours, he/she was Yours. I pray, Lord, that you would keep (insert your child’s name here) from all harm and watch over his/her life. Lord, please watch his/her coming and going both now and forevermore. Amen.
4. Prayer for Godly friendships
“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20
Lord, I pray that you would give (insert your child’s name here) godly insight to make good friends. I pray that he/she would seek out wise friends and the courage to walk away from those who are not. I pray that You would let Your wisdom be his/her guide in challenging situations that he/she may face. Amen.
5. Prayer for victory over hardship
“No, in all things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 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 creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord”. Romans 8:37-38
Father, I know that in this life (insert your child’s name here) will face hardships and trials. You did not promise us a life free of difficulties. But, You did promise us that nothing shall ever separate us from Your love. Lord, I ask that You would make (insert your child’s name here) more than a conqueror through Your love. Thank You that no matter what, (insert your child’s name here) nothing, not even death or life, angels or demons, the present or future, no powers, height nor depth, or anything else in creation ill be able to separate (insert your child’s name here) from Your love. Amen.
6. Prayer for respect for authority
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established”. Romans 13:1
Lord, I thank You that You are a God of order and not chaos. You have placed over us a covering of authority. I pray that you would help (insert your child’s name here) submit to and respect the authority placed over him/her. Let him/her show the world the example of Jesus on this earth and respect their teachers, classmates, local authority, state authority and national leadership. Father, please help (insert your child’s name here) to speak and act with wisdom from Your Word in dealing with leaders who may discount or discredit his/her faith. Please help (insert your child’s name here) to boldly confess that You are his/her Lord and not bow his/her knee to any other lordship. In doing so Father, help them to guard their tongue and watch their words so that the world may see Jesus in my child. Amen.
7. Prayer for sexual purity
“Flee from sexual immorality. All other other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies”. I Corinthians 6:18-20
Gracious Lord, this world has nothing to offer my children. With all of its darkness and temptations, I pray that you would keep (insert your child’s name here) in purity until marriage. I pray that you would strengthen them in times of temptation and that You would fill them with wisdom from Your Word to avoid tempting situations. Help (insert your child’s name here) to remember that their bodies are the dwelling place for Your Holy Spirit and to refrain from sexual sins against that dwelling place. Father, I thank You for purchasing (insert your child’s name here) with Your blood, a price that he/she could never pay. Help him/her to honor You with their body. Amen.
8. Prayer for wisdom
“I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better”.
Lord, I pray today that You would fill (insert your child’s name here) with the Spirit of wisdom. Father, grant him/her wisdom to know Your will in every situation. Help (insert your child’s name here) to have a quiet discernment to Your voice so that Your Spirit of revelation would be heard and known. I ask all this Lord, so that (insert your child’s name here) would know You better, deeper and richer. Amen.
9. Prayer to know Christ at an early age
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:14-15
Lord Jesus, it is the desire of our hearts that (insert your child’s name here) serve You from a young age. Father, with Your wisdom we have taught him/her Your Scriptures and led them into the knowledge of who You are. As such, Lord, I pray that You would lead (insert your child’s name here) into a relationship with You through the gift of salvation by faith. Amen.
10. Prayer for health
“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2
Heavenly Creator, I pray that you would bless (insert your child’s name here) with health all of his/her days. I pray that he/she would go well in all of this life to do the work you’ve called him/her to do. I pray God that (insert your child’s name here) would be in health, spirit, soul, and body. Amen.
Once you dig into God’s Word, you will see that there are so many scriptures to pray over your children and you can grab ahold of them and claim for yourself and your kids.
Whether your kids are young or old, my prayer is that God would show you how and what to pray over the beautiful lives He has entrusted to your care.