Oct 15, 2013

9 Scriptures to Pray over Your Children

There are no other written words that have the power of the Scriptures.  It is more than just "positive thoughts", it is the living (Hebrews 4:12) and breathing (2 Timothy 3:16) Word of God.

This is not magical!  When you pray scripture, you aren't invoking a magic spell that will save your children, or free them from pain and suffering.  The reality is that every person has suffering in their lives.  Lord willing, your children will not experience much grief until they are older, but we can't control the world around us, we can only control how we react.

Praying scripture is a focused way to breath truth over your children and to ruminate on the promises and hope of God.

There is no "right way" to do this, it can be as simple or complicated as you want to make it.  The way I use scripture to organize my prayers is by taking a promise from God's Word, and personalizing it for my children.  This may feel strange and unnatural at first, but the more you do this, the easier it will become.

With each of the 9 scriptures below, I am including a brief prayer that incorporates the promise, so you can see how I would pray that scripture.

1. "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." 2 Peter 3:9

Lord, I thank you for your patience with us.  I pray that {my child} will hear your call and answer with a 'YES!'.  I pray that if he/she is slow to respond, that you will keep calling until he/she answers.  I praise you for your love for him/her.  Give me wisdom as I lead my children toward you, help me to show them your love every day.

2.“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22

I lift up {my child} to you.  I pray that as they grow and mature in their faith, that they will become a doer of the word.  I pray that you will help me to be faithful to teach my children your word so they can be faithful to follow my example.

3. “I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” Philemon 1:6
"But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect," 1 Peter 3:15

As my child continues to grow in his/her understanding of their faith, I pray that they will become active in sharing their faith, but that they will do so with gentleness and respect.  I pray that they will grow and gain a full understanding of every good thing they have in Christ.

4. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7

 Lord I pray that my child will be full of your spirit.  That they will have a spirit of your power, that they will rely on you for their confidence. That he/she will be full of your love and in their words and actions they will show love to those around them.  That he/she will be a person who is known for their self-discipline in all things.

5. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

Lord, when my child is afraid or worried, that they will learn to give their fears, worries and all of their anxieties over to you.  Help me to be a good example to my children, that I go to you in prayer when I am full of anxiety.  

6. "For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11

You have promised that you have good plans for {my child}.  Thank you in advance for what you are going to do in his/her life!  I pray that {my child} will seek your will, your plans and your face as they grow and mature.  

7.  "But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world." 1 John 4:4 

Lord, thank you that {my child} belongs to you.  You have already fought the battle for his/her soul.  Help my son/daughter understand that they are not helpless here in the world because you, oh Lord, have already overcome the world.  You are greater than the evil that runs rampant in the world, so I don't need to be afraid.  Help me to be faithful to pray for my child as he/she grows into adulthood.

8.  "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters." Romans 8:28-29

You created my child for a purpose, and you never make mistakes.  I know that my child will face many struggles in his/her life, and I praise you that you will make good out of anything that happens to him/her.  Help me to remind him/her of that often, in the small things so when he/she faces the big things he/she is ready.  

9. "I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:16-19

I pray that out of your glorious riches, you will strengthen my child with power through your Spirit, deep within his/her soul, so that he/she may fully experience a heart full of faith in Christ.  And I pray that he/she, being rooted and established in love, may have power, with all the other believers to understand how wide and long and high and deep the love of Christ is for him/her, and to KNOW this love that surpasses all knowledge, that he/she may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of YOU.    
One final thought:
There is no one "right" way to pray over your kiddos.  Just as long as you are doing it!  Prayer is powerful and effective, and is one of the best ways to protect your children as they grow and mature!

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