Powerful prayers to pray over your sons & daughters
Powerful prayers are often simple, heartfelt prayers from a mother or father to the heart of God.
Prayer is a gift you can give your children all the days of their lives. I like what Guigo II, a Carthusian monk who lived in the 12th century, wrote concerning Scripture and prayer. He said that “reading puts food into the mouth; meditation chews it up; prayer extracts its flavor; contemplation gives us delight in its sweetness.”
In an excerpt from my book, Parenting with Courage, I wrote: “Always pray about your parenting, trusting God to lead you. As I was going through my prayer journals to prepare for writing this book, I found an entry I had written in 1999. In it I had written: The battle is fought in prayer, not later on. Prayer changes things. Prayer gives us the ability to face anything calmly and with God’s wisdom. For with God, nothing is impossible. I believed it then and I believe it now. More than ever, we need to pray over the lives of our youth. One of our greatest challenges is to continue to pray for our children in faith and in a positive manner.”
Prayer need not be boring.
I’ve been part of the 24-7 Prayer Movement for a few years, and one thing I’ve discovered is that prayer isn’t dull. There is a myriad of ways to pray, and I would encourage you to do just that. In other words, get creative as you pray. To help you pray powerfully for your children here are a few innovative examples:
Firstly, look a photo of them and pray what you sense the Lord is saying.
Secondly, go into their rooms when they are out and pray over their space – be specific. You can also pray with them in their bedrooms.
Thirdly, join with a friend in praying for each other’s children. I’ve loved doing this at different times over the years.
Fourth, walk around your garden, praying for them.
Fifth, write or draw your prayers for our children, praying Scripture, and prophetic words over their lives.
Sixth, pray as you make them a special meal (while you are cooking or baking) while doing their washing or doing other housework.
Powerful prayers to pray
Bring your fears and concerns to the Lord. One way to combat anxiety is to say, ‘yes’ to Jesus every single day. “Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer your prayers and requests to God,” says Paul in Philippians 4:6 (CEV).
It was Amy Carmichael who penned the words, “Holy Spirit, think through me ’till your ideas are my ideas.” Fire your words with hope-fuelled prayers. Hope anchors our soul and keeps us steady, helping us to hold on course.
Be encouraged to pray out of the pit of despair and into praise. Just we go through hard times, so too will our children – and that’s when prayer is oh so needed. Praise and thanksgiving can lift one’s spirits. If we are to cultivate a heart of gratitude, it will lift us out of the pit of despair. When our children or we go through trials, thanksgiving and praise are two keys that will encourage us to pray and intercede for them. Hold one in each hand and don’t let them go. Learn to practice appreciation and remember joyous times and moments with your children.
Beautiful prayers that a parent can use regularly
Ask God to provide for your children – here, you can pray about their specific needs, their future spouses, their physical growth, mental development, friends, spiritual encounters, and emotional life. The list could be endless.
Specific, arrow prayers
Pray specific, arrow-like prayers. These are prayers that are like arrows aimed at a target. You are not shooting the prayers aimlessly into the heavens. Be as specific as you can be:
- To know the scriptures and be made wise (2 Timothy 3:15)
- That they will grow in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52)
- To remain pure and obey God’s word (Psalm 119:9-11)
- To love one another (John 15:17)
- To not give in to fear (2 Timothy 1:7)
Different developmental stages
Throughout your children’s growing years, you can bring their different developmental stages before the Lord. Don’t underestimate the power of these type of prayers.
From the womb: Pray for protection, growth, and healthy delivery for both you and your baby.
Through infancy: To develop trust and security as you bond with your baby. Think about those prayers you have prayed or can pray in the night watches when you feed and comfort your infant. Pray into the physical and emotional development of your infant.
Taming the toddler: They are learning at a rapid rate. Pray not only for their rapid growth but for them to have the heart to love the Lord, for friends, for their future and more.
Young childhood: We seem to always pray for protection, choices, and the life skills that they need to be taught. Pray about what you need to teach them and for your children to grow in every way. Pray for their talents and giftings to emerge. Speak purpose and life over them.
Preteens: Your praying changes a little here. There are different topics and concerns. Bring them all before the Lord, from social media usage, body changes, wisdom, choice of friends, and their education.
Teenagers: The teen years are sometimes tricky to navigate and provide plenty of material for prayers. Pray for your child’s physical and emotional changes, future plans, possible spouses, their sexuality, and their relationship with the Lord. Ask God for wisdom for you and for them.
Adulthood and beyond: As a parent, you never stop praying for your children. My one friend started praying for her children’s future partners from when they were little. She also now prays for her grandchildren and of course for her adult kids.
A beautiful prayer to pray is one of release; this begins from when your child is born. I often say to my friends that no-one told me I would receive the gift of tears when I gave birth to my children. The moment your child is born, there is a type of release, then (if you have been breastfeeding or even with a bottle) and stop there is another bit of letting go. When your child starts school, puberty, boarding school, holiday camps, university, and getting married. Each stage is different and marks a little of letting go.
Scriptural Prayers are powerful
You can also pray God’s Word. Find passages that stand out to you. Write them out, memorize them and pray them. I even write my children’s names next to particular verses in my Bible, and whenever I stumble across them, I pray them.
Pray for yourself
Lastly, don’t forget to pray for yourself (and your spouse). Even though your focus is on your family, you can also pray for yourself. You and I both have things to deal with. You cannot change anyone else, but you can change yourself.
How have you spent time in prayer for your children, especially over this time we are in? Do you have any questions about prayer? Please let me know, I’d love to hear from you.
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