The Power of Prayer

Prayer - one of the greatest gifts we can give our kids

A couple of years back I attended a workshop on family discipleship that was led by an older couple who had just become grandparents. They shared stories of how they parented their kids and raised them to love and know Jesus, but the most impactful thing they shared was their relentless and unwavering commitment to pray for their children every day. Their prayers would change with the challenges and seasons of parenting, but they always prayed. They did not spend hours every day, but they always scheduled time and viewed it as one of the most important things they could do for their kids.  Now that they are grandparents, they not only pray for their kids, but also for their grandchildren. Attached below is the list they created as they prayed over their children and grandchildren.

As parents we are the primary influence in our kids’ lives, however, our influence is still limited, and changes as they grow. God is the one that created them and knows them intimately, and as we pray, He works in their hearts and lives according to His perfect plan, will, and purpose. I encourage you to pray for your children daily. Use the list below as a guide, then personalize it, by creating your own list and scriptures you can pray over your children. 

  • That they will have a real born again experience and come to know God personally (John 1:12-13; 3:3; 2 Timothy 3:15 and Revelation 3:20).

  • That they will have soft and tender hearts to hear and obey the voice of the Lord (1 Samuel 3:10; Isaiah 57:15 and 66:2).

  • That they will walk humbly before the Lord (Micah 6:8 and 1 Peter 5:5-6).

  • That they will love the Lord with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30).

  • That they will love to read and meditate on God's Word and will receive revelation and insight as they read (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 119:9, 11, 18, 97, 105, 130; Ephesians 1:17-18; Colossians 3:16 and1 Peter 2:2).

  • That they will love to pray and be committed to prayer (2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 55:17; Luke 18:1 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17).

  • That they will be committed to the regular gathering together of God’s people (Hebrews 10:25).

  • That they will love righteousness and hate evil (Psalm 97:10; 101:3; Amos 5:15 and Romans 12:9).

  • That they will stand strong against the deceit/snares of the devil and never compromise (Ephesians 5:11; 6:13-14 and 1 Peter 5:8-9).

  • That they will hate the spirit of this world and not give in to the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:15-17; Romans 12:2 and James 4:4).

  • That they will hate lies and deception and seek after truth (Psalm 51:6; 119:30,163; Proverbs 12:22; 13:5 and 19:9).

  • That they will shine as lights in this dark and deceived world (Isaiah 60:1-2; Matthew 5:16; John 17:18 and Philippians 2:15).

  • That they will understand true justice and have discernment regarding good and evil, the holy and the profane (Leviticus 10:10; Isaiah 59:14-15; Jeremiah 15:19 and Ezekiel 22:26).

  • That they will seek God with all their hearts (Psalm 27:8; 105:4; 119:2; Proverbs 28:5 and Zephaniah 2:3).

  • That they will keep their whole spirit, soul, and body pure and blameless for the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

  • That they will keep themselves from evil (1 Chronicles 4:10; John 17:15-16).

  • That their faith will not fail (Luke 22:32).

  • That God will pour out His Holy Spirit upon them mightily (Isaiah 44:3-4 and Acts 2:16-18).

  • That they will become laborers in God's harvest field (Matthew 97-38).

  • That they will keep themselves pure and holy (body, soul, and spirit) for the man/woman that God has chosen for them. (Romans 6:12-13; 1 Corinthians 6:15-20 and 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4).

  • That God will even now prepare for them a godly wife/husband who will be committed and faithful to the marriage to the end of their lives (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

  • That they will love and embrace children and establish a godly home (Genesis 1:28; Deuteronomy 7:13; Psalm 127 and 128 and Malachi 2:15).

  • That God will keep them from accident, harm, sickness, danger, and all enemy attack--physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually (Psalm 91).

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