Pray for your babies even before they arrive! Cherish these 21 Bible verses you can pray over your unborn child, for their health, spiritual well-being and more!

When you’re expecting, there’s a LOT to do to get ready for baby’s arrival!

And as a Christian mom, part of preparing ourselves for a new little one is spending time in prayer for our baby’s health and spiritual well-being.

A couple of months ago, I was convicted that I wasn’t spending much time in prayer for our fourth baby specifically.

We included the baby in prayers for our family but I wanted to be more intentional about speaking Scripture over my unborn child!

I spent some time looking through my Bible and using Bible Gateway to find some beautiful passages that speak precious promises and God’s truth over our baby from both the Old and New Testament.

I’ll share them with you in a moment, but first, know that you can certainly pray these over all of your children, as we know that the Word of God accomplishes the purpose for which it was sent (Isaiah 55:11-12) and that Scripture prayed over your family has great power.

3 Tips for Praying Over Your Unborn Baby

How do I pray for my unborn baby? That was the question I got from a reader that inspired this post many years ago. 

Whether this is your first pregnancy or your fourth, below are three quick tips for how you can specifically pray for your unborn child.

1) Pray by repeating words of Scripture over your child.

For instance, one of the verses I am using is 2 Peter 3:18 “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

So I might say something like this: “Lord, please help my baby (say their name if you’ve already decided!) to grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Thank you that you have all the glory and honor and that you will give our child the gift of faith to know you forever. Amen.”

2) Praise God for your baby’s life!

Thank Him specifically for the blessing of a baby and the work He will do in you through your child’s life. Your child is in God’s hands and that is the best place for him or her to be. We can trust in the ways of God. He values human life and your child is the crowning glory of creation!

In those early stages of pregnancy as this new life grows, you will probably experience exhaustion, morning sickness and anxiety. We can be assured of God’s promises and God’s mercy in our life and the tiny life we are carrying!

3) Ask God to help you raise your child with wisdom.

James 1:5 tells us that if we ask for wisdom, God will give it to us! I find that it’s so important to continually pray for wisdom as we parent this sweet little person who we will grow to love more each day.


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I’ve also created a free printable with the verses I chose in case you would like to print it out and have it nearby when you have prayer time. It’s an 8×10 so you could trim and frame it or put it in a page protector as is.

Further down this post, you’ll also find a link to download some printable prayer cards with these verses.

They are a mix of NASB, NKJV and ESV verses.

You could use these at night before bed and can include your older children in praying these over the baby during devotions, which is what we did!

They are wonderful for memorization as well and can easily be used in a two-week cycle.

Print out and share with a group of moms so they can pray these powerful words of Scripture over their unborn babies as well.

Below are the verses I chose to pray over your unborn child, feel free to look them up in your favorite version!

14 Scriptures to Pray Over Your Unborn Baby

21 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Unborn Baby

1. Psalm 139:13-14 – For You created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.

2. Philippians 1:6 – For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in your will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.

3. Psalm 127:3-5 – Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

4. 3 John 4 – I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

5. Isaiah 54:13 – All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

6. Psalm 90:17 – Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; and confirm for us the work of our hands; yes, confirm the work of our hands.

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7. 2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

8. Psalm 138:8 – The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; do not forsake the works of Your hands.

9. 2 Thessalonians 3:3 – But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

10. Colossians 2:2 – That their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself.

11. Titus 3:5-6 – He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior.

12. Psalm 37:23 – The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.

13. Psalm 145:4 – One generation shall praise Your works to another, and shall declare Your mighty acts.

14. 1 Samuel 1:27 – For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition which I asked of Him.

15. Luke 18:15-16 – Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

16. Psalm 139:15-16 – My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

17. Ecclesiastes 11:5 – As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

18. James 1:17 – Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

19. Psalm 91:1-2 – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

20. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

21. Job 10:10-12 – You clothed me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews. You have granted me life and steadfast love, and your care has preserved my spirit. Yet these things you hid in your heart; I know that this was your purpose. When I was in my mother’s womb, you knew me, and before I was born you set me apart.

This last bonus Bible verse is for you as a pregnant mother as you await the arrival of this sweet little life and pray for a safe delivery. 

22. Isaiah 26:3 – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.

You’ll notice almost half of them are from the Psalms. I love how the poetry and promises of this book of the Old Testament!

Your child is created in the image of God. What an amazing truth! These Bible verses are a beautiful and effective way to pray God’s blessing over your child’s life, from the moment of conception to the day your little baby arrives.

There are many, many verses you can pray over your unborn children, so if you have a verse I haven’t mentioned that you currently pray over your children, please feel free to mention it in the comments.

Below is the original version of this printable when I had only 14 verses. It fits on one page.

14 scriptures to pray over your unborn baby

To get the original 14 verses printable, just click here. A Dropbox page will open. You do not have to sign up for Dropbox, just X out if there are any sign-up boxes and you should be able to download the file directly to your computer. It’s safe, I promise! :)

UPDATED: 21 Bible Verses for Your Unborn Baby

I’ve created an updated two-page PDF with the 21 Scriptures for praying over your unborn child.

Click THIS LINK to download it securely to your device. It is free!


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45 Comments on 21 Scriptures to Pray Over your Unborn Baby {and Other Children!} Plus a Free Printable!

  1. Thank you for this encouraging post and scriptures. Married 12 years and together 17 it’s hard to remember God promises when you want a child and the promise has not came. I’m glad to know that his word can never return void and I just need to have faith that what he spoke and have many he will give us. I pray to have our children very soon.

    • I understand, it is really hard to wait on God’s plans! He is faithful, but it is often one day at a time approach to faith. You’ll be in my prayers!

  2. I’ve been married for almost 25 years now and TTC am already 45 now. Indeed it is not easy to wait, especially after a few months into marriage and people start asking you if you’re pregnant, that’s when the pressure
    starts…. At about 7months into the marriage i asked my husband to accompany me to the hospital so we can get checked he refused, he said he didn’t want to hear any bad news. He said God has given others He’ll give us too but i was still troubled. I stumbled on the prayers in May last year and i decided to give myself a chance, through the help of a friend i located Doctor Savior after so many talk and frustration i conceived a baby boy successful with no problems it’s was so much a surprise too me and my husband after I use is herbs I got pregnant few week later. God is working and He’ll perfect it for all. WhatsApp contact Savior: +1 513-666-4364 for care service.

  3. Thank you so much for your effort. Know that your work does not go unnoticed. The love of God n blessings remains with u n ur family.

  4. Lord plase help my baby i am months pregnant doctor said that my baby doesnt have heartbeat she gave 5 days time God please save my baby bless her let her live please my Lord help me

  5. HI Jenn thank you soo much for taking your time and prepare this for us, may the good Lord bless you abundantly…looking forward to being a mother, currently 7 months pregnant and I thank God each dae.

  6. These scriptures are beautiful!! We are due to have a little boy in two months. I am totally going to start praying over him more than I have been. THank you. I’m glad I saw your link on the mom2mom monday link-up

  7. What a wonderful idea. I remember my mother talking about how she would pray for a verse for each of us children when she was pregnant with us, and then she would hold onto that verse throughout the pregnancy! Thank you for sharing what you have put together. Blessings, ~Sarah (visiting from Radical Femininity)

  8. Thank you for this list!! I just received my 5 positive tests yesterday (!!!) & will be printing this out today! I think I’ll add a copy to the baby book as well :)

    • Congratulations Heather! How exciting! I hope the Scriptures will be encouraging for you as you wait for your little one.

  9. This is a wonderful list! I just printed it out to add to the list of scriptures I’m praying over Baby #2. With #1, my most frequent prayer was 1 Samuel 2:26, that our baby would “grow in stature and favor with God and with men.”

  10. Prayer is really important over an unborn baby. Love the verses you provided. It’s funny when people ask me if our soon to be baby name will be. I say Adam. They say oh you’ll change you mind. I say no because I asked God what should this babies name be and he said Adam. They often give me an odd look. Praying over a child’s name is just as important also.

  11. Visiting from My Joy-Filled Life link-up. :)

    I love your list. While I was pregnant, here are some of the other verses I prayed over both Baby and myself!
    Ps. 147:13
    Deut. 7:13a
    Isaiah 44:3
    Ps. 115:14-15
    Isaiah 65:23 (This one was a big deal for us, since we were praying for a pain-free childbirth!)

    Great post!

    Kayla@Renown and Crowned

  12. Beyond amazing. Thanks for sharing. We pray scripture each day over our kids, but want to add these too!

    Beyond delighted to meet you.

    I hope you don’t mind if I splash around to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to dip into some serious goodness.

    You splashed me with encouragement today. I would be honored if you would splash other mommas as well with this post or another fave. We gather for momma notes. I jot some on Mondays, but it’s a link up whenever you can kind of link up. Just moms. Sharing our notes. Creating a melody.

  13. I love this! Thank you so much for the printable! Psalm 139:14 is one of my favorite verses. It has gotten me through some really rough times, and I really like the idea of praying it for my little one!

    Thanks again! :)

  14. Thanks for this post! I love your printable. It’s pretty enough to frame and set by my bed. I need the reminder! I love 1 Samuel 1:27. Cupcake came so quickly after Rooter everybody always asks if she was a “surprise”. No way! I prayed for that little girl. I asked for her and the Lord was answered our prayer.

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