About a week and a half ago, my husband and I were sitting in a hospital lounge. It was very quiet. We were waiting and praying. Sometimes Kirk and I would talk a little. I read the Word, listened to hymns and sometimes would wipe away tears. Our daughter was in surgery. It was a helpful and hopeful surgery, but a surgery all the same. Eventually I picked up my laptop to begin writing this post. A post on moms praying for their children.
As mothers, we love our children and we want the very best for them. We read in the Bible that God loves them too, far more than we do and that He has wonderful plans for their lives. Our children are given to us from God to love, nurture and train, in partnership with Him. As we partner with Him, we have the wonderful opportunity to come before Him in prayer on behalf of our children.
And God’s Word, the Bible is the very best place for us to find help in what to pray for our children.
Before our children were born, Kirk and I were encouraged to gather specific Bible verses that we could use in prayer for the children God might give us. This has been a wonderful help to us and I would like to share this idea with you today.
Whether you are waiting to become a mother, expecting your first child, or already have many children, now is a wonderful time to pray for your children using Bible verses to guide you.
When we use God’s Word to pray for our children, we are praying God’s truth. We are praying thoughts from His heart. God’s Word guides us in praying wisely for our children and can give us ideas of things to pray that we may not have thought about before.
God’s Word can also bring comfort to a mother’s heart as she prays. As our daughter was in surgery, I was reading Psalm 34. One of the verses that stood out to me was verse seven: “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him and he delivers them.” This verse helped me as I talked to the Lord on our daughter’s behalf. It also brought me encouragement as we waited. What a wonderful reminder that the angel of the Lord was encamping around our daughter and that God was her Deliverer!
If the idea of using Bible verses to pray for your children is new to you and you would like to do so, I would encourage you to start with a few Bible verses. You can gather more verses as the weeks go by. These Bible verses can come from your personal Quiet Time or Bible Study, or you may glean verses from others as well.
To help me begin praying verses for the children God would give us, I bought a simple journal. I collected and wrote Bible verses in the journal. Often just one verse per page. This helped me to focus on one specific verse at a time when I was praying. A few times I wrote answers to prayer that I received on the back of the related pages. I wish I had done this more! It is so special to go back and read what I wrote, and remember what God has done. Our daughters have enjoyed hearing about answers to prayer from when they were young as well.
There are so many, many great verses to use as we pray for our children. I’ll share just a few suggestions here.
Perhaps you would enjoy using one of these verses as you pray:
“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.”
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
“Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.”
“As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom:”
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
“When wisdom entereth into thine heart, and knowledge is pleasant unto thy soul; Discretion shall preserve thee, understanding shall keep thee:”
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,”
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
“Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.”
“I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes alway, even unto the end.”
Do you have a Bible verse that you like to pray for your children? I welcome you to share it in the comments below. The verse you share could be a real encouragement to another mom who reads this blog!
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.