Do you pray for your children?

I used to think it was the most awkward thing in the world to pray out loud for my children. Especially as young as they are. My mind and my heart used to really battle it out about this. Or maybe it was more my pride. Maybe I was afraid of looking weird or sounding weird. Maybe I was afraid they wouldn’t get it; and since it wouldn’t make sense to them, why bother?

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Why I Chose To Pray For My Kids

I’ll admit I questioned it a lot, but eventually, I came to this conclusion:

My children are so important to me. And God is everything to me. And I know He doesn’t want to miss out on this truly important component of my life. Why not introduce Him to my kids through prayer? Or why wouldn’t I invite Him to bless my kids as they rest and as they rise? Why not invite Him to love, guard, and guide, and advocate for them?

I would ask myself these questions and eventually realized I couldn’t answer them. There wasn’t an answer good enough to keep me from opening the door to God in my kid’s lives.

So now, I pray for my kids whether it feels weird or not. I try to make it a habit.

Mom, Your Prayers Are Key!

I’m not telling you this to brag about my “oh so incredible prayer life.” Trust me, I have nothing to brag about.  I sharing this with you only to encourage moms of the group to be the one who closes the Gap between God and your children. Your intercession will play a huge role in your children’s lives. This is not something we should be passive about.

All that being said, I know it’s not the easiest transition to make. Sometimes I struggle with knowing what exactly to pray, you know? Not that there’s a secret formula or anything, but I kept wondering how I could use my prayer time to help equip my children for the life they are called to live.

5 Prayers To Help Close the Gap Between God and Your Children

Well, I was studying my Bible one day and came across these verses in 1 John that might just answer that question for you; maybe give you some direction in your prayers. I know they helped me a ton. So here they are.

 1. Your children would know conviction.

“My children these things I write to you so that you many not sin.” I John 2:1 (NKJV)

2.  They will receive God’s grace and forgiveness.

“I write to you little children because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.” 1 John 2:12 (NKJV)

3. Your children will abide in Christ.

“And now little children, abide in Him, that when He appears we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” 1 John 2:28 (NKJV)

4. They will discern His truth.

“Little children let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.” 1 John 3:7 (NKJV)

5. God will be placed first and kept first in your children’s lives.

“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” 1 John 5:21 (NKJV)

Why 1st John?

There’s a reason I chose these specific verses from this specific chapter of the Bible. I shared all about it with Ali of Her Sword. First John holds a very special place in my heart and I’d love to share why! Check out the original post to learn more about it, and to hear why these verses are so fundamental for your child’s life and relationship with Christ.

In the meantime, I’d love to know; What are some of the verses you pray over your kids? 

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21 thoughts on “5 Prayers to Close the Gap Between Your Children and God”

  1. Yes! Let’s be praying! One of my fondest memories from my own upbringing is my mom tucking me in bed and praying over me. I try to do the same for mine today.

    1. Same here! My mom used to pray with us every night. She still comes up to me when she sees me around and gives me a big ol’ hug and whispers a quick prayer. I love it.

  2. I love this Alonda! There’s a movie…. Trying to remember which one but I think it was “The Help” (I can picture it…) anyways! In it, every night before bed the Mom would tell the little girl something like, “you are kind, you are honest, you are generous, you are smart…” Etc. And I always loved that! I try to incorporate it into my nightly prayers with the kids but I love the idea of being more intentional and really interceding for them. Great post (as always)!

  3. I love that you mentioned to pray they will know conviction. I pray often with my children. We pray in the house, in the car, and I have them attend prayer meetings with me so they can witness the importance of it. They know that I pretty much pray about them often but I cant say I have ever used the specific words “for them to know conviction”. Just reading it made me vision freedom! Thank you for that piece of wisdom. = )

    1. That’s so awesome that your kids get to witness your prayer life like that! Awesome example to set!
      Thanks for stopping by Carmen 🙂

  4. This is a great post. I pray for my children, but I don’t do it in front of them as often as I probably should. We pray about basic things, but I should probably be a bit more in depth!

  5. We do need to pray for our children no matter how old they are…I live to pray the Armor of God over them. Great words of Godly wisdom! Thanks for sharing!

  6. I agree, it’s so important to intercede for them. I do a list of affirmations over my kids which include: 1. that they would be surrounded by Christian friends, influences and mentors. 2. They are healed and delivered and 3. They operate in Godly wisdom and discipline.

  7. I started praying for my children a couple of years ago. I do it everyday and I feel it is such an essential part of prayer as a parent. We pray for ourselves, for others, for our marriage, and our children should totally be included in this group. Wonderful post!

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