Children are known as precious gifts from God, and it’s the duty of the parents to ensure that precious gift is loved and nurtured. Should challenges come in the way, parents can bear the brunt of it to ensure the child is raised around positivity. Unfortunately, there are some tests that prove to be more difficult to endure than what 2 people tied in love can handle, and that’s where the gift of prayers for children comes to help.
Praying for children is one of the strongest tools you can have as a parent or carer. As a parent, you play an important and influential role as a faithful prayer warrior on your child’s behalf. Due to the closeness of your relationship, only you would be able to know your child in a way no one else could, making you the one they need most when in trouble.
If you’re looking for a child dedication prayer or other ways you can pray for your children, then this article is for you. Keep reading to know the different prayers you can use with some samples to guide you.
A Prayer of Dedication
One of the first things new parents think about is what they can do for their newborn child. While buying material gifts is always great (who doesn’t love showering their child with new toys and clothes?), the greatest gesture you could do to show gratitude is to dedicate your child to God.
A prayer of dedication is rooted in realizing that God has gifted the child to you for you to care for and raise. By accepting this gift and the great responsibility that comes with it, parents can declare that the child belongs to God and claim the responsibility to raise the child in a way that honors God and His design for life.
Dear Lord, we want to thank You for this precious gift – our beautiful child whom we dedicate to you. Children are a gift that comes from You, and the fruit of the womb is the reward. Lord, we pray that You protect our innocent child that You have gifted us. We declare that we will defend our child against all evil that seeks to corrupt their pure soul, in Jesus’ name. We recognize this child as a blessing and we will do what we can to make sure they continue to be a blessing to those around them, Amen.
Prayers of Blessings
The Almighty will not allow any person or situation to hold us back from receiving His blessing. There’s nothing to worry about because we belong to Him. We can trust Him with our present and future as we have trusted Him in the past.
God has always been more than able to turn the toughest and darkest times around for good, and He will use the difficulty of what we go through for the greater good to bring blessings to your child.
Dear Lord, we want to thank you for your great love and blessing that you have provided in our lives. We ask that you let us walk in your blessings and generosity today. We ask that you shine down on us. We pray for the goodness to open the right doors for our child’s life and the strength to close the wrong doors. Please protect our family from those who wish to do harm to us. We pray that you bless our child’s purposeful journey and that they walk in Your footsteps that follow goodness and love. Please bless them with a heart of wisdom to hear You and make the right choices in life. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
Prayers for Your Parenting
You need to ask the Lord for help raising your children for Him in a way that reflects His ways and His Word. To personalize your own parenting prayer, you can use the following scriptures as springboards to make your own prayer. You should ask God to help you remove every negative action in your parenting and to help you practice more positive actions consistently.
- Loving your child unconditionally: See Deuteronomy 7:7 and I John 4:10, 19.
- Comparing your child with others: See Galatians 6:4, I Corinthians 12:4–11, and II Corinthians 10:12–13.
- Scolding your child in front of others: See Matthew 18:15 and I Corinthians 16:14.
- Making a mistake with your child: See Matthew 5:23–24 and James 5:16.
Prayers of Intercession
As a parent, praying for your child is one of the most vital things you can do for them. The enemy’s primary targets are families, so there is always spiritual warfare against you and your children. You can follow these scriptures to help you pray for your children.
- To trust Christ as their Savior: See Psalm 63:1 and II Timothy 3:15.
- To hate evil: See Psalm 97:10.
- To be caught when doing something wrong: See Numbers 32:23 and Galatians 6:7.
Prayers Against Anger
The Holy Scripture warns fathers against pushing their children to anger. From Ephesians 6:4, “Ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.”
The following scriptures present ways a parent commonly provokes their child to anger. It’s said that the attitudes of children often reflect those of their parents. You should search through your own life and resolve any problems before they become your children’s.
- When you are inconsistent with discipline: See Ecclesiastes 8:11.
- When you don’t admit you’re wrong: See Matthew 5:23–26, Job 32:2, and James 5:16.
- When you don’t listen to your child’s opinion or their side of the story: See Proverbs 18:13, 17.
- When you don’t take the time to talk to your child: See Hebrews 13:16.
- When you fail to keep promises: See Matthew 5:37, Colossians 3:9, and Psalm 15:4.
- When you are being too strict: See James 3:17.
- When you abuse your child physically: See I Timothy 3:3, Titus 1:7, and Numbers 22.
- When you have unrealistic expectations: See I Corinthians 13:11.
Praying for a Hedge of Protection
In the fight against evil, you have to deal with strong spiritual powers. This is war. You need to wear a whole armor of God to stand against the attacks of evil. As in Job 1:10, “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land.” One strong piece of armor for every parent is the ability to pray a daily hedge of protection for your children.
When we’re feeling fearful, stressed, or threatened, we can prayerfully search the Scriptures to find that God has already provided a safety hedge around those who trust and believe in him. This doesn’t mean that the enemy won’t try to sneak into our lives, we know how to prevent his weak attempts from penetrating our mind, heart, and soul.
Dear Lord, I ask You in the name and through the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ to bind and rebuke Satan. I humbly ask You to put a hedge of protection around my children to keep them pure, protected from the enemy, and closer to you. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.
There’s a point in every parent’s life where they realize they can’t control everything. It’s hard to give a lifetime of happiness to your kids for as long as you live. Instead of throwing your hands in defeat, you should know that all it takes is a prayer and some faith. The thing we can do as parents is to get on our knees and seek wisdom and help from God. After all, He created them and loves them more than we can ever imagine!