Here are 5 prayers that you can pray for your children or grandchildren today that I believe are biblically sound.
Prayer for Protection
Righteous Father, our children are so precious to us and so how much more precious are they to You. Please give me peace of mind that reassures me to know that You go before them and are always with them, when I cannot be. Since I know that Your eye is on the sparrow and we are of much more value to You than they, I thank You that I can trust You to watch over them all the day and all the night. What a privilege to be able to come to You and ask for You to be watching over them and for Your blessing upon them and it is through Your great Son’s name, and for His glory, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
Prayer at Bedtime
Great God, oh Creator in heaven, blessed be Your name. I thank You for sheltering and keeping my children safe today and now, as my precious little ones lay down to sleep, I thank You for these beloved gifts from You, as I know children are a gift You have given to us. I treasure them so much and am so thankful for their lives and how their love has touched my heart and changed it forever. I know Your love is so much greater and was no better displayed for me to see than on the cross at Calvary and for Jesus’ precious blood I give You thanks and in the Lamb of God’s name, Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Prayers for the Teen Years
Lord God my Father, sometimes I cannot fully express with words what is on my mind so please listen with Your heart as my words often fail to let you know what I feel. In many ways children are a mystery to me. I don’t always know what to say to them, I never know how to say it, and sometimes I feel at a loss about the things that they go through. I am often unable to help them when they are going through emotional and traumatic experiences in their life, like at school or with their friends. Give me Your wisdom to know what to say and when to say it and help me to learn what not to say too. You know what they are feeling right now and I don’t so please reveal to me Your wisdom so that I can care for these teens who often don’t know how to deal with life and I acknowledge my helplessness at times and entrust You to give me the right words and in the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Patience
God, my Father, I need Your to help me deal with my anger at times. My young children often make bad choices and they suffer the consequences for them. I need Your help so much to try and guide them without pushing them. I don’t always know how to give them advice and not sound like I’m preaching to them. Sometimes they act like they are not listening and I need to know when to back off and when to speak up and when to apply discipline and when to be a consultant for them. I have a hard time finding the right balance so please give me the wisdom to discern exactly how to talk to them and when it’s better to say nothing at all and in the strong name of Jesus Christ and for His glory I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Clashing Siblings
Holy, Righteous God, we are fearfully and wonderfully made and no two children are alike and I have difficulty in trying to be a go-between for my children. Sometimes it seems that they almost want to kill each other and it is hard to be a peacemaker when I don’t always know who it was that started the confrontation between them. Help me to discern what to say and also how to make them be more loving to one another. How can I teach them to be kind and compassionate toward each other and forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave them, when they are seemingly in constant conflict? I leave this heavy burden in Your capable hands and give it up to You and in the King of kings and Lord of lord’s name, Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.
One of my favorite prayers and one that is special to those of the Jewish faith is Numbers 6:24-26 “The LORD bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” That is my prayer for every parent, grandparent, foster parent, and caregiver. We need all of God’s help that we can get!
Article by Jack Wellman
Jack Wellman is Pastor of the Mulvane Brethren church in Mulvane Kansas. Jack is also the Senior Writer at What Christians Want To Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible. You can follow Jack on Google Plus or check out his book Blind Chance or Intelligent Design available on Amazon.