Biblical prayers for children

How often do you pray for your kids?

“Well…I pray with my child every night before he goes to bed, and before I go to bed. We also pray as a family at most meal times.”

However, we should be interceding for our children; going in and really praying FOR our children in the throne room of the Father Himself.

Truth time: Going to Him and interceding on behalf of my children should take higher priority in THIS mama’s heart.

I have to remember and remind myself…

God wants to give us things… but He does ask for one thing…

biblical prayers for children


What is it that Jesus says that God requires of us?

Check out Matthew Chapter 7.

God loves your children. He wants good things for them! Jesus, sitting on a hillside in Jerusalem, described prayer as simply asking our Father. He compares our relationship to God to that of a child asking his earthly father for bread. “Which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will you give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things TO THOSE WHO ASK HIM” (Matthew 7:10-11). WOW! Those last five words are a doozy! To those who ask Him. Will you ask God for a miracle in your child?


When Jesus gave his example for prayer, it started with praise “Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come, Your will be done…” so I started each prayer with a praise related to an aspect of God that is relatable to each prayer item.

I created this list so that you could pray one for each day of the week. Consider printing this list out and putting it by your bedside table. (I provide a free printable later in this post!)

7 Biblical Prayers For Your Children

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be committed to Christ 

God, may Your will be done. Please help teach my child that the best life is one that is totally committed to Christ. I pray that they would seek You with their whole heart. I pray that their name would be added to the Book of Life. Please help me teach my kids that they should ‘present their bodies as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable to You’ and that they would not be ‘conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of their mind, that by testing they may discern what Your will is, what is good and acceptable and perfect.’ -Romans 12:1-2

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be more like Christ

God, You are holy. Help make my child more like You every day. Please help my child produce the fruit of the spirit, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” -Galatians 5:22-23

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be compassionate and loving

Father, Help my child to be compassionate for the other members of their family, as well as friends, school, community, and church. Help me show my child ways to see others as more important than self. I pray that my child would “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God”- Micah 6:8

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be protected

biblical prayers for children

God of light, protect my child from darkness. Keep them from spiritual attacks and from the temptation to give in to sin. Help me guide my child in the correct way. I pray that my child would “be strong in the Lord and… take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day… the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel of peace, and the shield of faith.” -Ephesians 6:10-17

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be respectful

God, You are on Your throne. You are good. Almighty God, I pray that my child would “be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1. I pray that my child would respect the authority above them, including me as a parent, as well as their school, church, and government authorities.

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would work hard

Father, You spoke Creation into existence and You were right when You said it was good. I pray that my child would ‘work heartily, as if they are working for You, and not for men.’ Colossians 3:23. Help me teach my child a strong work ethic so that it may all glorify Your Name.

Biblical Prayers For Your Child:
That my child would be wise against the devil but soft toward God

Father, You are perfect and good to us. Help my child to see Satan’s schemes and to be alert and ready. Help my child to ‘submit therefore to God.’ and to ‘resist the devil’ so that ‘he will flee’ from them. -James 4:7

Allow my child to ‘make the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.’ Ephesians 5:16

God is Amazing… Amazing Things Will Happen!

Do these Biblical prayers for your child seem unachievable? That’s an attack from Satan! Don’t listen to his lies. He’s dumb and he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

See: 9 Lies Satan Whispers To You About Your Motherhood

Get past these lies and trust your children to God!

He is doing amazing things in so many people’s lives… and Jesus Himself said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7

7 Biblical Prayers For Your Child Printable

biblical prayers for children

What do you think?

Do you think you could use these Biblical prayers for your child? Do you intercede for your children daily?

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Praying Biblical Prayers for Our Children: Ephesians 6:10-20 

This week we’ve been learning how to pray biblical prayers for our children.

First, we prayed Ephesians 1:15-23 for our children.   

Then we prayed Ephesians 3:14-23 for our children.

Today we pray Ephesians 6:10-20 for our children. This passage is slightly different from the first two in that it was not originally a prayer. However, it lends itself to a powerful prayer for our children to put on the full armor of God. As with the previous prayers, I word these with the names of our adult children, Josh and Marie. You would, of course, insert the names of your child(ren).

Note: For an extended outline for praying the Lord’s Prayer, download Your Daily Prayer Guide.

Praying Ephesians 6:10-20 for Our Children

10 Finally, may Josh and Marie be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

11 May Josh and Marie put on the full armor of God so that they can take their stand against the devil’s schemes.

12 For Josh and Marie’s struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

13 Therefore, may Josh and Marie put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, they may be able to stand their ground, and after Josh and Marie have done everything, to stand.

14 Stand firm then, Josh and Marie, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,

15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.

16 In addition to all this, may Josh and Marie, take up the shield of faith, with which they can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

17 May Josh and Marie take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And may Josh and Marie pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, may Josh and Marie be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

19 I pray also for Josh and Marie, that whenever they open their mouth, words may be given them so that Josh and Marie will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel,

20 for which Josh and Marie are ambassadors in chains. I pray that Josh and Marie may declare it fearlessly, as they should.

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How could this prayer impact your children’s lives? How could praying this prayer impact your life?

His heart was pounding as he ran towards the mountain of evil before him. The mountain was huge, evil and dark, but there was no fear in the heart of the young man. Only resounding courage and trust in the God of his fathers. When the giant fell, all the doubters gathered around David and cheered in joy while courage sprouted in their hearts and they rose to fight on to victory.

She shuddered as the servants relayed the way her husband had treated the men that had spent the winter protecting their flocks. She knew the anger of their Shepherd Warrior leader would be kindled, and with good cause. There was no one to stand in the gap, so she ordered her men to saddle her donkey and she rode out toward the impending doom, alone. Later, David thanked the Lord for sending Abigail to speak peace to his heart and prevent him from shedding blood.

biblical prayers for children

These are just a couple of the legendary stories and people we read about in the Bible. We all want to be like David and Abigail.

Peter, Mary, Paul, Rahab – they are all role models many of us have looked up to since our childhood. We all want to be like them: followers of God with fire in our hearts and bold courage shining through our actions. We dream of being Kingdom shakers and mountain movers.

And we long to see the same traits in our children.

So many times I have planned out ways to make my children be like these mighty people. But that is my pride speaking. I can no more make my children warriors of faith than I can create a thunderstorm during a drought.

I have come to learn that, while I can be an example to my kids, the most effective thing I can do is pray. I cannot put my children through my school and have them come out like David and Abigail. Each man and woman that did wonderful things for God went through HIS school and learned to follow Him on His terms.

Most of the heroes of faith did not come from wonderful background or particularly great families. Yet God used them in gigantic ways, beyond their imagination!

So how do we inspire our children towards these great traits? We pray!

Father, I pray my son will be a mighty warrior in Your Kingdom as David was. I pray he will become a man after your heart and that he will have a humble & contrite heart towards You when he has done wrong.” {1 Samuel 17, Acts 13:22, Psalm 51}

Father I pray that my daughter will be full of wisdom and seek peace as Abigail did. Give her the spirit of a peacemaker and the bravery to make her voice heard when there is a need.” {1 Samuel 25:14-35}

There is so much value in praying these biblical character traits into children – even before they are born! Speak words of life into and over your children!

If you’re like me, then it can be a little hard to know where to start. That is why I created some printable prayer cards with powerful prayers based on the life of 10 different people in the Bible who did great things for the Kingdom of God! And I created them just for you!

Simply click the image below and enter your name and email in the form at the bottom of that page. Then you will be directed to the download link for 10 Biblical Prayers to Pray for Your Children.**

biblical prayers for children

I want to just share a few Bible verses with you yet:

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. {1 John 5:14}

Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. {Jeremiah 29:12}

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. {Colossians 4:2}

I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer. {Psalm 17:6}

Battle on, dear Mom! The Lord is on your side!

About the author: Stefani is a wife, Mommy & adoption advocate. She loves to write and encourage women to follow God with their whole hearts. She is a firm believer in morning coffee, friendship and finding joy in the journey. When she is not spending time with family and friends you can find her writing over at Walls of Home or at the Battlefield Moms group.

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