As parents, we often pray for our children’s protection and salvation, but that only touches the tip of the iceberg in prayers to pray for your child! Use these powerful Scriptures to pray for your child.
War Room Prayers for Your Child
You want your kids to be happy, safe and un-harmed. You want them to love the Lord with all their hearts, follow after God’s heart and escape the snares of the world.
You want them to make healthy, wise choices as they grow and mature.
But let’s be real: you can’t make all that happen.
There is SO much about parenting beyond our control, especially as our kids grow older and become more independent.
We can’t protect our kids from every evil or bad choice.
That’s why prayer is vital.
In prayer, we ask the omnipotent, omnipresent God to intervene on behalf of our children.
Why Is it Important to Pray for Children?
I Peter 5:8 says the enemy of our souls is on the prowl, ever looking for someone to devour. That means:
- We have an evil enemy
- We are his targets… me, you, our spouses, and sadly, our innocent children.
Praying for your children is one of the most powerful things you can do as a parent. We should pray daily for our children.
I’m talking about fighting on your knees with your prayers for your children.
The Promise of Praying for our children
The great news is when we pray for our kids, God hears and answers! This week I was reading in Nehemiah and was encouraged by this passage from Nehemiah 4:14:
“Don’t be afraid of the enemy! Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes!”
We do not need to fear the enemies we encounter in raising our children. God is on our side and as we fight for our children, God fights on our behalf. Praying the Scriptures for your children is the best way to FIGHT!
While that seems like a no-brainer, many of us struggle with consistency. Can I get an amen?! Having a simple strategy like praying scriptures helps us ease into a consistent routine.
So how do you pray scriptures over your child? (An easy solution!)
I’ve learned having a simple plan to follow helps me tremendously with prayer for my children. Without one, I flounder.
My plan for prayer for my kids involves turning Scriptures into prayers. Sometimes I put these Scriptures on cards that I post around my home and leave in my Bible basket to pray during my time with the Lord.
Here’s a sample one from our FREE Scripture Card Pack with war room prayers for your child:
I also have 12 Scriptures to Daily Pray for your Children as a bookmark tucked into my Bible. I use it as a quick reference for praying for my kids.
But mostly, I journal my prayers. This is my favorite way because it forces me to slow down, sit down, and actually pray. It helps me focus, it removes distractions, and allows me to think through the passage of Scripture I’m praying.
Now on to 5 of my favorite Scriptures I love to use as a prayer for my children!
5 War Room Prayers for Your Child:
There are SO many wonderful Scriptures to pray for our children but for this post, I’d like to share my all-time top 5 Scriptures I like to pray as prayers for my children.
These prayers for children have given me a spring board for deep prayer. They are perfect to take into your war room and do battle with!
Scriptures to Pray Over Your Children:
Praying For Your Children: John 16:8
“When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment” (NIV)
Prayer Point: Conviction of Sin: We cannot monitor our children 24/7, neither is it our responsibility to play the Holy Spirit in his or her life. But we can entrust them to God and ask His Spirit to convict our children, to guard their hearts and keep them from evil.
Example Prayer using this verse: Lord Jesus, I pray You would bless [child’s name] today with an increase in discernment of truth and lies. May they know Your voice and recognize the world to be wrong about sin. May they put on Your cloak of righteousness and be found blameless in Your sight by through the blood of Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen.
Praying For Your Children: Galatians 1:10
“Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” (NIV)
Prayer Point: Free from the need of other’s approval: Growing up is tough. Peer pressure is vicious and the desire to be significant doesn’t end when you turn 18. It is vital for our children to make choices based on the Lord’s plan and leading, NOT based on fears, insecurities, misplaced identity, or the desire for other’s favor.
Sample Prayer using this verse: Father God, today I bless [child’s name] with a heart to please you above all others. May you remove their desire for man’s approval, may they be raised up secure in Your Love for them which casts out fear. May they learn early that no human is able to truly be pleased, but that it is easy to please You with their faith and obedience. In Jesus name, Amen.
Praying For Your Children: Hebrews 11:6
“It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” (NIV)
Prayer Point: Experience God as Rewarder: There are so many pitfalls for a young…or old… one to fall into. Drugs, alcohol, addiction, cutting, excessive gambling, sex, anorexia, and the list goes on. These things offer false promises of fulfillment or escape. It is important that our children learn to RUN to God as their Rewarder. Only He can satisfy and He promises to do just that!
Sample Prayer using this verse: Jesus, thank you for [child’s name]. I pray that their faith would be renewed, that it would be pleasing to you. I praise you Lord for rewarding them when they diligently seek you. I speak a release in Jesus name over all the blessings and rewards you have planned for them. I pray they would look to You and only You when they are in need. In Jesus name, Amen!
Praying For Your Children: Joshua 1:8
“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (NIV)
Prayer Point: Love for God’s word: God’s word is a lamp, a shelter, a rock and a sword. Scripture compares it to the best weapon ever– one that morphs into whatever you need at the time! If our children have a love for God’s word, we can be assured of their success.
Sample Prayer using this verse: I praise you Jesus for [child’s name], and I lift them up to Your throne today. May they be reminded right now to find sustenance from Your Word, may they use it as their light and obey the words written within. Lord I pray that the ears and eyes of their hearts be opened to hear Your Holy Spirit so they may discern Your truth and easily apply Your Word to their lives. I thank you, Father, that [child’s name] will prosper and succeed in all they do because they have followed Your Word. In Jesus name, Amen.
Praying For Your Children: I Peter 5:6
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” (NIV)
Prayer Point: Submission to God: A great man or woman, boy or girl, is the one who is humble before God. True greatness is not found in climbing ladders but in stooping low in the hidden places. That’s a secret I want my children to know.
Sample Prayer using this verse: Heavenly Father, I thank you for [child’s name]. I pray that they would be humbled and in awe before You God. That they would experience the wonder of Your Glory and be brought to their knees in worship before Your beauty. May You make yourself known to them and life them up with Your mighty hand. In Jesus name, Amen.
I hope these Scriptures to pray over your children stir your heart and provide a starting place for bringing your children before the Throne. These are also great scriptures to speak over your child. I’ve found that having a strategy for prayer for my children is essential to actually praying… and is why I love using prayer journals and cards! Enjoy!
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May God help us to grow in prayer for our children as we invest in eternity. Thank you for caring enough to fight in prayer, your prayers literally last generations.