As part of our Practical Parenting series, my good friend Jennifer is here with 20 prayers to pray for your unborn child. P.S. These are also great for little kids, big kids, and adult children too :)
Pregnancy is such a tender time.
Looking ahead to the arrival of a new little life – one entrusted to my care – is at once thrilling and humbling…
exhilarating and sobering.
Aches and pains, morning sickness, and sleepless nights are overwhelmed by the delighted anticipation of welcoming a baby.
But those final days before a child is born can be excruciating. And the laboring of a child into the world is a glimpse of laboring to come…
Laboring in prayer.
Laboring in diligent training.
Laboring in love.
Laboring in patience and nurture and grace and a million other labors that make motherhood a weighty calling and a significant one.
When your precious child makes her way into the world, you’ll do many important things for her. But none so important as prayer.
Some days you’ll forget to read to her. Some days you’ll forget to keep working on that shoe-tying thing with him. Some days you’ll forget to sit down and have a heart-to-heart. But if you take the time to pray for your child, you’ve remembered the most important thing.
So if you’re a mama-to-be, why not get started? Whether you’re expecting now or looking further into the future, it’s never too early – or too late – to begin praying for your children.
Here are 20 prayers for your unborn child, straight from the pages of Scripture. You may also want to download this FREE set of scripture prayer cards.
(And I suspect you might find these prayers useful even if your kids are now in your arms rather than your womb.)
1.) Praise God that your child is fearfully and wonderfully made, and ask Him to continue knitting her together in your womb in the precise way He desires (Psalm 139:13-14).
2.) Rejoice before God that all of your child’s days have been ordained by God (Psalm 139:16). Acknowledge to Him that her days belong to Him, from the first to the last and every day in between.
3.) Pray that in due time, the Holy Spirit would convict your child of his sin, and bring awareness of God’s righteousness and his coming judgment apart from salvation (John 16:8).
4.) Pray that she’ll never be deceived about the state of her heart before God (Matthew 7:21-23), never believing she’s saved if she isn’t and never doubting she’s saved if she is.
5.) Ask God for your child to have a close relationship with Him as he abides in Christ (John 15:7-9).
6.) Claim on your child’s behalf the truth that God has not called her for impurity, but in holiness (I Thessalonians 4:7).
7.) Pray that God would give your child a heart that trusts in Him, leaning not on her own understanding, but acknowledging Him in all things. Remind God of His desire to direct her paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).
8.) Ask God to grant your child a biblical fear of the Lord – an awareness of His holiness and His power, and a reverence that inspires obedience. Pray that your child will know God intimately in his life, and that the fear of God and the knowledge of God would lead your child to wisdom and insight (Proverbs 9:10).
9.) Pray that your child would develop self-control, thus securing his testimony before others (I Corinthians 9:24-27). Ask God to help him renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live a self-controlled, upright, and godly live in the present age (Titus 2:12).
10.) Recount back to God that your child’s worth is more than that of many sparrows, and that He is the only One who can provide for her needs (Luke 12:24).
11.) Pray that he would love God’s Word and meditate on it throughout his days (Psalm 119:97).
12.) Pray that she would be great – not by intelligence or power or fame, but by serving others (Mark 10:43-45).
13.) Ask God to grant him a compassionate heart, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with others and forgiving them as he has been forgiven (Colossians 3:12-13).
14.) Pray that the Faithful One would enable her to hold fast to her faith without wavering (Hebrews 10:23).
15.) Pray that he would grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).
16.) Entreat God to grant her a heart that seeks justice, loves mercy, and walks humbly with God (Micah 6:8).
17.) Pray that he would walk with the wise, becoming wise himself. Ask God to steer her away from companionship with fools (Proverbs 13:20).
18.) Pray that he would live as light in a dark world (Ephesians 5:8).
19.) Ask God that she would live with an awareness that her life is meant for bearing fruit (Philippians 1:22; John 15:8).
20.) Implore the Lord to lead him in walking in the ways of God’s laws and in waiting for Him. Ask that His name and His renown would be the desire of your child’s heart (Isaiah 26:8).
Heavenly Father, how I praise you for the gift of motherhood! Thank you for entrusting me with the care and nurture of a child for the time period you’ve ordained. Please keep me eve mindful that this precious child is not mine – he is yours, and you’ve charged me with a sacred task. Thank you that you will equip me to fulfill this high calling, as I abide in Christ and walk in Your grace. In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
Don’t forget to grab your FREE printable set of scripture prayer cards before you go.
Loving child of Almighty God, adoring wife, and homeschooling mother of three, I am active in teaching and music ministries in my local church. I’m passionate about encountering my Savior and encouraging other women to do the same. It would be an honor to have you visit me at A Divine Encounter!