A few weeks ago I shared a post called, Praying for the Purity of Our Children. In that post we talked about the warped values and corrupt definition of beauty that the media is feeding to young girls. It goes without saying that this message can also affect the way that young boys view the women around them.
At the end of that post I invited readers to join together in praying for mothers everywhere so that we would step up to our God-given responsibility of nurturing our children the way God designed them to be.
Since that time I've put together a list of 31 ways that we can pray for our children along with scripture verses to guide us in truth. That's one for every day of the month!
- Pray that you parent your children with patience and persistence. Ask God for wisdom in discipline.
Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath. ~ James 1:19, NIV
- While your children are growing, pray often for their salvation, as the prophet Isaiah wrote,
Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it. ~ Isaiah 45:8
- Give children age appropriate responsibilities, praying that they will learn the value of stewardship. Teach them to appreciate all that we have as a gift from the Lord.
Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity. ~ Titus 2:7, ESV
- Pray against the influence of peer pressure. Ask God to help you in developing your child’s unique character and purpose.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:11&12, NIV
- Pray that God will help your child to speak wisely and bridle her tongue that it might be used effectively.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. ~ Ephesians 4:29, NIV
- Pray that your child will see the value and importance of modesty. That they may represent themselves as holy and acceptable servants of the Lord.
Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. ~ 1 Peter 3:3-4, NIV
- Pray that you guide your children toward a healthy level of self-esteem. Not an attitude that is driven by pride, but by who he is in Jesus Christ.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. ~ Psalm 139:13&14, NIV
- Pray that your children are compassionate and charitable. That they desire to live beyond themselves.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. ~ Colossians 3:12-14
- Pray asking that your children will have a heart to please God, and walk in His ways. As the Psalmist wrote:
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold, sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. ~ Psalm 19:10, NIV
- Pray over your children when they are sleeping. Place your hopes and dreams for their future in the hands of our Lord.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ Jermiah 29:11, NIV
- Start a prayer journal with your children so that you can guide them and teach them the power of prayer. Pray together as a family often.
Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, NIV
- Pray with a heart of gratitude for the little things that go unnoticed. The way that her arms feel when she gives you a hug, the smile he gives you each morning as you approach his crib, the way it feels when he grabs your hand…
In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV
- Read the Bible together and pray about the lessons therein that God might strengthen you as a spiritual leader.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. ~ Psalm 119:11, KJV
- Pray that your child will value family connections.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~ James 1:27, NIV
- Pray for ways that you might communicate Biblical principles to your child. And that your child will accept the Word of God as applicable for today.
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. ~ 2 Peter 1:20-21, NIV
- Pray that the time you share with your children will be of great value. That they might learn spiritual and life lessons from you.
Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~ Proverbs 22:6, NIV