“Your prayers for your children are the greatest legacy you can leave.”
Mark Batterson said that in Praying Circles around Your Children. He went on to say:
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, here are 17 ways we can pray 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 hunger and thirst for His righteousness (Matt. 5:6; 6:33).
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 (Isa. 6:8).
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).
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?