17 things to pray for your children

I pray daily for my children. To be honest, though, my prayers too often fall short. They fall short because they focus only on immediate concerns, like behavioral issues, a good day at school, or good health. There’s nothing wrong with praying for those things, but this falls short of the kind of visionary praying that can not only shape our children’s destinies, but the destinies of generations to come.

Mark Batterson, in Praying Circles around Your Children, wrote, “Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave.” He also said this:

You don’t have to do everything right as a parent, but there is one thing you cannot afford to get wrong. That one thing is prayer. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing you can do that will have a higher return on investment. In fact, the dividends are eternal. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.

With that in mind, I think it is important we pray these things for our children:

A vibrant relationship with God
1. Pray they would make the decision early in life to follow Christ (2 Tim. 3:15).
2. Pray for a growing relationship with Christ that matures as they mature (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18).
3. Pray they would long for God (Ps. 42:1) and have a hunger and thirst for His righteousness (Matt. 5:6; 6:33).

Godly character
4. Pray they would define “normal” as God defines normal, not as the world defines normal (Rom. 12:2).
5. Pray they would be pure in heart (Matt. 5:8).
6. Pray they would love and value the things God loves and values (Mic. 6:8; Isa. 1:16-17).
7. Pray they would hate sin (Ps. 97:10).

Clarity of mission
8. Pray they would never be ashamed of the gospel (Rom. 1:16).
9. Pray they would be courageous in their witness for Christ (Dan. 3:17-18; Acts 4:31).
10. Pray that, wherever and however God calls them to serve Him, they would say yes to Him (Isa. 6:8).

Healthy relationships
11. Pray for friends who will be a godly influence (Prov. 17:17; 1 Cor. 15:33; 1 Thess. 5:11).
12. Pray they would respect those in authority over them (Titus 3:1).
13. Pray they would be kept from the wrong spouse and save themselves for the right one (2 Cor. 6:14).

Discernment and wisdom for making good decisions.
14. Pray that when they lack wisdom, they would ask of God (James 1:5).
15. Pray they would love God’s Word (Ps. 119:127) and it would be a lamp to their feet and a light to their path (Ps. 119:105).

Spiritual protection
16. Pray God would protect them from ungodly influences (John 17:15; 1 Cor. 10:13).
17. Pray God would protect them from the deception of finding their self-worth in how they look, what they wear, and what others think of them (1 Sam. 16:7).

What are you praying for your children?