These prayers are from the book, The Power of a Praying Parent. I want to share these with you one at a time so we can pray for our children together. I would recommend buying the book to read the “Weapons of Warfare” (scriptures related to each prayer) and also her stories. Great book!
Attracting Godly Friends and Role Models
I lift up my children to You and ask that You would bring godly friends and role models into their lives. Give them the wisdom they need to choose friends who are godly and help them to never compromise their walk with You in order to gain acceptance. Give me Holy Spirit-inspired discernment in how I guide or influence them in the selection of friends. I pray that You would take anyone who is not a godly influence out of their lives or else transform that person into Your likeness.
Your Word says, “He who walks with the wise will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed” (Proverbs 13:20). Don’t let my children be a companion of fools. Enable them to walk with wise friends and not have to experience the destruction that can happen by walking with foolish people. Deliver them from anyone with an ungodly character so they will not learn that person’s ways and set a snare for their own soul.
Whenever there is grief over a lost friendship, comfort them and send new friends with whom they can connect, share, and be the people You created them to be. Take away any loneliness or low self-esteem that would cause them to seek out less than God-glorifying relationships.
In Jesus’ name, I pray that You would teach them the meaning of true friendship. Teach them how to be a good friend and make strong, close, lasting relationships. May each of their friendships always glorify You.
Maintaining Good Family Relationships
I pray for my children and their relationships with all my family members. Protect and preserve them from any unresolved or permanent breach. Fill their hearts with Your love and give them an abundance of compassion and forgiveness that will overflow to each member of the family. Specifically, I pray for a close, happy, loving and fulfilling relationship between (name of child) and (name of family member) for all the days of their lives. May there always be communication between them and may unforgiveness have no root in their hearts. Help them to love, value, appreciate, and respect one another so that the God-ordained tie between them cannot be broken. I pray according to Your Word, that they “be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another” (Romans 12:10).
Teach my children to resolve misunderstandings according to Your Word. And if any division has already begun, if any relationship is strained or severed, Lord, I pray that You will drive out the wedge of division and bring healing. I pray that there be no strain, breach, misunderstanding, arguing, fighting, or separating of ties. Give them a heart of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Your Word instructs us to “be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous” (I Peter 3:8). Help them to live accordingly, “endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:3). In Jesus’ name I pray that You would instill a love and compassion in them for all family members that is strong and unending, like a cord that cannot be broken.
Honoring Parents and Resisting Rebellion
I pray that You would give my children a heart that desires to obey You. Put into them a longing to spend time with You, in Your Word and in prayer, listening for Your voice. Shine Your light upon any secret or unseen rebellion that is taking root in their hearts, so that it can be identified and destroyed. Lord, I pray that they will not give themselves over to pride, selfishness, and rebellion, but that they will be delivered from it. By the authority You’ve given me in Jesus’ name, I “stand against the wiles of the devil” and I resist idolatry, rebellion, stubbornness, and disrespect; they will have no part in my children’s lives, nor will my children walk a path of destruction and death because of them. Your Word instructs, “Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord” (Colossians 3:20). I pray that You would turn the heart of these children toward their parents and enable them to honor and obey father and mother so that their lives will be long and good. Turn their hearts toward You so that all they do is pleasing in Your sight. May they learn to identify and confront pride and rebellion in themselves and be willing to confess and repent of it. Make them uncomfortable with sin. Help them to know the beauty and simplicity of walking with a sweet and humble spirit in obedience and submission to You.
Establishing an Eternal Future
I bring my children before You and ask that You would help them grow into a deep understanding of who You are. Open their heart and bring them to a full knowledge of the truth about You. Lord, You have said in Your Word, “If you confess with Your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9). I pray for that kind of faith for my child. May they call You their Savior, be filled with Your Holy Spirit, acknowledge You in every area of their lives, and choose always to follow You and Your ways. help them to fully believe that Jesus laid down His life for them so that they might have life eternally and abundantly now. Help them to comprehend the fullness of Your forgiveness so that they will not live in guilt and condemnation. I pray that they will live a fruitful life, ever increasing in the knowledge of You. May they always know Your will, have spiritual understanding, and walk in a manner that is pleasing in Your sight. You have said in Your Word that You will pour out Your Spirit on my offspring (Isaiah 44:3). I pray that You would pour out Your Spirit upon my children this day. Thank you, Lord, that You care about their eternal future even more than I do and that it is secure in You. In Jesus’ name I pray that they will not doubt or stray form the path You have for them all the days of their lives.
Feeling Loved and Accepted
Lord, I pray for my children to feel loved and accepted. Penetrate their hearts with Your love right now and help them to fully understand how far-reaching and complete it is. Your Word says You loved us so much that You sent Your Son to die for us (John 3:16). Deliver them from any lies of the enemy that may have been planted in their mind to cause them to doubt that. Jesus said, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love” (John 15:9-10). Lord, help them to abide in Your love. May they say as David did, “Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust” (Psalm 143:8). Manifest Your love to these children in a real way today and help them to receive it.
I pray also that You would help me to love these children unconditionally the way You do, and enable me to show it in a manner they can perceive. Reveal to me how I can demonstrate and model Your love to them so that will be clearly understood. I pray that all my family members will love and accept them, and may they find favor with other people as well. With each day that they grow in the confidence of being loved and accepted, release in them the capacity to easily communicate love to others. Enable them to reach out in love in a way that is appropriate. As they comes to fully understand the depth of Your love for them and receive into their souls, make them a vessel through which Your love flows to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Securing Protection from Harm
Lord, I life my children up to You and ask that You would put a hedge of protection around them. Protect their spirit, body, mind and emotions from any kind of evil or harm. I pray specifically for protection from accidents, disease, injury, or any other physical, mental or emotional abuse. I pray that they will make their refuge “in the shadow of Your wings” until “these calamities have passed by” (Psalm 57:1). Hide them from any kind of evil influences that would come against them. Keep them safe from any hidden dangers and let no weapon formed against them be able to prosper. Thank You, Lord, for Your many promises of protection. Help them to walk in Your ways and in obedience to Your will so that they never come out from under the umbrella of that protection. Keep them safe in all they do and wherever they go. In Jesus’ name, I pray.
Releasing My Child into God’s Hands
Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ name and give my children to You. I’m convinced that You alone know what is best for them. You alone know what they need. I release them to You to care for and protect, and I commit myself to pray for everything concerning them that I can think of or that You put upon my heart. Teach me how to pray and guide me in what to pray about. Help me not to impose my own will when I’m praying for them, but rather enable me to pray that Your will be done in their lives.
Thank You that I can partner with You in raising them and that I don’t have to do it alone. I’m grateful that I don’t have to rely on the wold’s unreliable and ever-changing methods for child rearing, but that I can have clear directions from Your Word and wisdom as I pray to You for answers.
Thank, You, Lord, for the precious gift of these children. Your Word says that every good gift comes from You. I know that You have given them to me to care for and raise. Help me to do that. Show me place where I continue to hang on to them and enable me to release them to Your protection, guidance, and counsel. Help me not to live in fear of possible dangers, but in the joy and peace of knowing You are in control. I rely on You for everything, and this day I trust my children to You and release them into Your hands.
Becoming a Praying Parent
Lord, I submit myself to You. I realize that parenting my children in the way You would have me to is beyond my human abilities. I know I need You to help me . I want to partner with You and partake of Your gifts of wisdom, discernment, revelations, and guidance. I also need Your strength and patience, along with a generous portion of Your love flowing through me. Teach me how to love the way You love. Where I need to be healed, delivered, changed, matured, or made whole, I invite You to do that in me. Help me to walk in righteousness and integrity before You. Teach me Your ways, enable me to obey Your commandments and do only what is pleasing in Your sight. May the beauty of Your Spirit be so evident in me that I will be a godly role model. Give me the communication, teaching, and nurturing skills that I must have. Make me the parent You want me to be and teach me how to pray and truly intercede for the life of my children. Lord, You said in Your Word, “Whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive” (Matthew 21:22). In Jesus’ name I ask that You will increase my faith to believe for all the things You’ve put on my heart to pray for concerning this child.