As parents, the best gift we can give to our children is to pray for them. And before we become parents, we can and should pray for our unborn children. Praying the word of God is a sure guarantee of answers to our prayers. We know we need to pray, but sometimes we struggle to find the right words or the time to actually pray. Below I will share 10 powerful bible verses to pray for your children and a PDF of additional 10 scriptures that can be downloaded and printed for a quick reference guide, especially when you haven’t got the time to search for relevant scriptures.
Why do we need to pray for our children?
Parenting is a hard job but also equally fulfilling. With the best of intentions, we don’t always get it right. Sometimes it feels like we are doing trial and error, we desperately want to get it right, but the truth is that we will make mistakes along the way. We don’t need to despair when we get it wrong, but we can depend on Him, who owns the manual for our children’s destiny, to help us on this journey. Praying over these children is our way of saying to God that we can’t do it on our own and that we need Him.
The Bible referred to children as arrows in Psalms 127. It takes focus, experience and practice to shoot an arrow and hit the bullseye. So is parenting but it’s just that we don’t usually get that opportunity to practice or prepare before the child arrives. Unlike in archery when a wrong move signifies more practice, in parenting, we can’t afford too many wrong moves because our children’s destiny may be affected negatively by any wrong move. Our training manual on this parenting journey is the word of God.
Every child needs love, stability and discipline. Our responsibility is also to teach our children the word as commanded in Deuteronomy 11:19. But even after we have done our best in loving them and teaching them the word of God, things may not go as we envisaged. When things get complicated, we can still go back to our training manual. It has the solution to every challenge that we will ever face in our parenting journey.
Why is it important to pray the scriptures?
Why do we need to pray the scriptures? can we not just pray? We pray the word because it is the only guarantee of answers to our prayers. How do we know this? The evidence is in the scriptures and I have shared some of them below
1. You will never pray amiss when you pray God’s word -James 4:3
2. God means what He says – Hebs 4:12
3. God will always confirm His words – 2Cor 12:1
4. God cannot lie, What He says He will do , He will do – Numbs 23:19
5.God is watching over his words to perform it – Jere 1:12
6. God’s word will never return without accomplishing it’s purpose – Isa 55:11
7. God’s words abide forever – Ps 107:20
8. God values His words above His name – Ps 138.2
9. God is sure of His word, His words will not lose it’s power or fail to accomplish its purpose – Matt 24:35
10. God’s word is Yea & Amen- 2 Cor 1:20
How do you pray scriptures over your child?
You may know that praying the scripture is the right thing to do but you may not have the time to search out relevant scriptures to pray. I have good news for you. Below are 10 blocks of powerful scriptures to pray for your children, Also a free printable of 10 powerful scriptures to pray for your children is available to download here
Scriptures to speak over your child
May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace Psalms 144:12 NLT
Their children, will prosper as they did long ago. I will establish them as a nation before me, and I will punish anyone who hurts them Jere 30:20 NLT
Your seed I will establish for ever, and build up your throne to all generations Psalms 89:4 NKJV
May the Lord give you increase more and more, You and your children Psalms 115:14 NKJV
Every good and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variableness or shadow of turning. James 1:17 NKJV
They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth children for trouble, for they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them. Isaiah 65:23 NKJV
and their seed shall be known among the Gentiles and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed Isaiah 61:6 KJV
Confidence and strength flood the hearts of the lovers of God who live in awe of him, and their devotion provides their children with a place of shelter and security Proverbs 14:26 TPT
For he hath strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your children within you. Psalms 147:13
And the child grew, and wax strong in spirit filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him. Luke 2:40 KJV
As we meditate on the scriptures above and use them to teach and train our children, they will grow to fulfil all that God has purposed for them.
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