Praying for our children, as we moms know, is one of the most important things we can do as parent! James 5:16 says “the prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.”
However, sometimes I don’t know what to pray for my kids or how to pray for my kids! It’s a discipline that I believe needs to be developed, so that we can be purposeful about lifting up our children in prayer. Satan would like nothing more than to distract us and keep us from being prayer warriors for our family!
An Incredibly Practical Way to Pray the Scriptures Over Your Children
A couple of years ago, I saw an idea on Pinterest to trace my children’s hands, cut them out of the paper and then write a Bible verse on each one so that I’d have a specific verse to pray over my four kids. I finally did this over Christmas break. Our youngest is two so it was –finally!–easy to get kids to sit still so I could trace a hand that looks like a hand and not an odd shaped blob. But I digress.
I’ll be placing these hands in my planner, because I look at it early each morning, and then I can be reminded to pray these Scriptures over our two boys and two girls!
I choose Bible verses that reflected a truth that my husband and I want to see infused into each child–something they really need at this stage of their lives. We’re also planning on having them memorize these verses!
I’d encourage you to think about some Bible verses you could write out for your own children!
Here are the verses we are praying for each of our kids:
“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” 1 John 4:7
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
Praying specific Scriptures over our children is a simple and intentional way to speak truth into their lives!
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