Ideas to pray for your children…

Years ago my wife came across a list (I have no idea where she got it) called “How to Pray for your Child.”  She’s been faithful to daily pray at least parts of it, for our 5, beginning with the birth of our oldest (who is almost 20 at the time of this writing).

Anyway… I’ve not prayed it myself, but as I read through it this morning I saw great value in these thoroughly-biblical prayers for our children… and am SO thankful my wife has been faithful in praying for them in these ways.  Originally, there were 12, and Mindi has added some of her own.  So, below I give you… “How to Pray for Your Child”


The following suggestions might be helpful as you think of praying for your children, for their needs now and for their needs in the future.

  1. That they will know Christ as Savior early in life. (Psalm 63:1, 1 Timothy 3:15)
  2. That they will have a hatred for sin, a desire for holiness, and a love for God.   (Psalm 97:10, Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 22:37)
  3. That they will be caught when guilty.  (Psalm 119:71)
  4. That they will be protected from the evil one in each area of their lives –  spiritual, emotional, and physical.  (John 17:15)
  5. That they will have a responsible attitude in all their personal relationships, being considerate, mature, and taking the initiative in love.  (Daniel 6:3, Philippians 2:4, Matthew 5:43-44)
  6. That they will respect those in authority over them.  (Romans 13:1)
  7. That they will desire the right kind of friends and be protected from the wrong  friends. (Proverbs 1:10-11)
  8. That they will be kept from the wrong mate and saved for the right one. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17)
  9. That they, as well as those they marry will be kept pure until marriage.  (2 Corinthians 6:18-20)
  10. That they will learn to totally submit to God and actively resist satan in all circumstances, and to fear the Lord.  (James 4:7, Psalm 34:9)
  11. That they will be singlehearted, willing to be sold out to Jesus Christ – to be passionate followers of Christ.  (Romans 12:1-2)
  12. That they will be hedged in so they cannot find their way to wrong people or wrong places and that they wrong people cannot find their way to them. (Hosea 2:6)
  13. That their thoughts will be captive to obedience to Christ.  (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  14. That they will live by faith, by the  Spirit, and by truth – not by their emotions.  (2 Corinthians 5:7, Galatians 5:16, John 8:32, 1 Peter 1:14)
  15. That they will love the Lord with their whole mind, soul, body, and stength.  (Mark 12:30)
  16. That they will ask for and seek wisdom daily.  (Proverbs 4:5, James 1:5-6)
  17. That they will point others to the heart of God and not to other things. (1 Corinthians 6:20, 1 Peter 2:12)

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