Today we’re excited to share ten Bible verses to pray over your child. Every Christian parent wants what is best for their child and praying for them plays a large role in that. This act of faith goes much deeper than just talking to God and making a few requests. Praying over your child builds your own faith and also models the life-giving habit of prayer to your child.
10 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Child
There are many ways you can pray over your child (we’ll share some at the end of this post), as well as specific things you can pray. We always advise people to start by praying the Scriptures over their children. This is a simple way to get the habit of prayer established while praying God’s will, too.
Keep in mind that although prayer is one of the best ways to communicate with God… He will answer in His timing and according to His plans for your children. Below are 10 Bible verses to pray over your child.
For their Salvation
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10
We can easily get caught up in praying for the ordinary things. You know, things like getting good grades and having good friendships. While those are all wonderful things, we have also been entrusted with much more than that. Praying for your child’s salvation is one of the most important prayers parent’s can pray.
For them to Walk in Love
“Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
If you have more than one child, then you are probably all too familiar with sibling rivalry. This verse comes in handy not only as a reminder for them to walk in love toward others, but also with those in their own household. But of course this verse encourages us to walk in love with everyone and is a great verse to pray and confess over our children.
Develop Strong Faith
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1
While it’s important to model a strong faith, it is equally important to pray for our children to develop strong faith. And it doesn’t stop there. Our children will reach the age of accountability in which they will begin to embrace their own relationship with God. Praying them to (and through) this stage gives them a head start.
Full Reliance on Jesus
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Many parents find that they may struggle in the area of trust, let alone having a full reliance on Jesus. Praying this Scripture over your child can play a double role in ministering to both you and your child.
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“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” 2 Peter 1:3
In a world where it seems like everything is within reach, there are also circumstances where it seems there is a great lack. Praying for divine provision over your child will help them understand where things come from and Who it is that gives to us freely.
Walk in Humility
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” Romans 12:3
Praying for your child to walk in humility is another lesson that can be learned in the home. This Scripture will help your child understand an important character trait that is also rooted in making good decisions and integrity.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” Proverbs 4:20-23
Praying this Proverb over your child can open a new light of understanding with what divine health is. It highlights the fact that the words a person speaks can be for life, healthy to one’s whole body. Speaking this over your child will help them understand different relations to overall health and prosperity.
To Walk in God’s Peace
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Peace can often be a hard lesson to learn. There are times when our children will not understand how to remain peaceful in a situation, but this Scripture will bring much comfort. It also teaches them who to look for when seeking peace.
For Their Future Marriage
“That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.” Genesis 2:24
Praying for your child’s future marriage may seem crazy, but we all know how fast time passes by. If you’re married, you also understand the importance of the covenant taken with your spouse. It is absolutely necessary to pray for your child’s future spouse, and that their union would be rooted in like-minded faith.
Putting God First
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33
In the eyes of a child, most likely their parents come first. It may be difficult (at first) for them to put God first; however, this Scripture is a great teaching tool. It helps show them to not only put God first, but also how to seek first His kingdom and righteousness.
Ways to Pray Over Your Child
Now that you have ten amazing Scripture to pray over you child, let’s discuss a few ways you can implement praying them. If you’re a creative, consider a prayer scrapbook or prayer journal. This can become a keepsake to give your children later in their life. Another idea is to set up a prayer time where you physically commit pray over your children each day.
Last but not least, having prayer partners is another way to not only hold yourself accountable for praying over your children, but it will also teach your children about having a community of prayer warriors.
What are some Scriptures you pray over your children? Do you have specific ways that you pray for (or over) them? Let us know in the comments below!