Motherhood has forced me to pray like nothing else in my life. Not only because it pushes you to the edge of yourself, (and sometimes your sanity), but also because I see the immense need we all have for God reflected most in my daughter’s helplessness.
And, while I help her as much as I can, I know and recognize that God can help her much more than I ever could.
That is why I have prayed more than ever as a mom! My thoughts are constantly turned to praying for my daughter. And that’s what my prayers usually are, a quick thought to God without a word or sound.
As I have studied the Psalms, I’ve found these verses especially helpful as I pray for my daughter throughout the day. Try praying them for your kids!
But, of course, my greatest prayer is that my daughter would come to know and love the Lord Jesus as her Savior. So before I share these verses from the Psalms, I want to share that I pray for my daughter to understand and believe the Gospel every day using these verses:
Pray for Their Salvation | 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried and that He was raised on the third day.” 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Pray this whenever you can! Pray that you can show them the Gospel throughout the day, that you can reflect God’s love to them. And pray that they will believe in Jesus for their salvation and life.
Now to the 6 Verses to Pray for Your Kids from the Psalms
1. Pray When They’re Upset | Psalm 46:10
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Pray this verse for your kids when they are on the verge of a tantrum. When he needs to be quiet during church. When she is fidgety before trying something new. I find it brought to my mind as my daughter’s face crinkles and tears swell in her eyes. Or when she is running from room to room shouting and it’s time for bed.
2. Pray at Bedtime | Psalm 4:8
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
When you’ve put them to bed, pray for peace. When they’re not quite asleep, pray for peace. Pray that they would know the Lord’s protection over them and that they would sleep peacefully.
3. Pray When They Need to Wait | Psalm 25:3
“Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed.” Psalm 25:3
Pray that they will have patience when it’s not their turn. That they will trust in the Lord and wait for Him when they don’t know whether they’ve made the team or not.
4. Pray When They’ve Sinned | Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10
Pray this when you are correcting their bad behavior. Pray that they would trust in Jesus to have their heart purified from sin (by the Gospel). Pray that God would give them a steadfast spirit to honor Him.
5. Pray for Conviction | Psalm 139:23-24
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts and see if there be any hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.” Psalm 139:23-24
When they’ve fought with their brother, pray for the Lord to show them their heart. When they have lied to you, pray that God would convict them. Then pray that they would turn to God and follow His everlasting ways.
6. Pray For Their Own Bible Study | Psalm 119:10
“How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your Word.” Psalm 119:10
Pray that they would grow to study and know God’s Word, that they would use it to guide them in purity and righteousness. That they would love it. And as they grow older, pray for them to have discernment, that they would use the Bible and apply it to their lives. Then live it out as they seek to honor the Lord.
Okay, there you have it 6 Verses to Pray for Your Kids from the Psalms. Cultivating a life of prayer is an important task as you raise your children. I hope that these verses give you some words to pray in short sentences so that you can pray for your kids more throughout the day.
And, to help you even more, I’ve put these graphics for each verse onto cards that you can download and print. Tack them up next to your mirror or maybe above your kitchen sink. They’ll be a great reminder to pray for you kids.
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How do you remember to pray for your kids? Let me know in the comments.
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