Mother’s prayer for daughter

Prayers for adult children and relationship. The bond between a mother and a daughter is one that should be valued. However, a mother and daughter relationship can be challenging and complex, due to the stages of life that children face. At every stage of your daughter’s life, the natural response of a mother is they want to continue to teach and nurture their child. However, as your daughter continues to grow and develop, they are keen to become young adults, experience life, become independent and develop their own relationships. A mother’s prayer for her daughter is therefore fundamental at every stage of their life.

This article aims to explore the reasons why we should pray for our children and the importance of a mother–daughter relationship. This article also aims to outline how a mother’s prayer for her daughter can protect and encourage throughout life.

Why we should pray for our children?

We are living in a fallen world and there is an expectation that we raise our children in a society where values are contrary to the word of God. We live in a world that wants to hurt and destroy our children with sexual exploitation, peer pressure and girls been informed by negative social images that they need to be a certain size and look a certain way to be accepted. It is for this reason why we need to pray for our children and cover them in prayer against the plans and wiles of the enemy who comes to kill steal and destroy. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…” (John 10:10).

We need to pray for our children so that we remain alert, aware and equally hearing God’s voice in every situation as a family unit. Mothers should pray for their daughters, praying a prayer of blessing over them. Therefore, a mother’s prayer for her daughter is important because the prayer of blessing over your daughter cannot be reversed (Numbers 23:20). It is through a mother’s prayer for her daughter that blessings can be spoken over her, thus enabling your daughter to be confident in Christ Jesus. “The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26). 

Praying for our adult children is also a divine assignment and it is the duty and responsibility of every mother. A mother’s prayer for her daughter empowers, protects and defends them.  Equally a mother’s prayer for her daughter nurtures them spiritually giving them the spirit of excellence in all that they do. A mother’s prayer for her daughter destroys every weapon formed against them. “No weapon formed against you shall prosper…” (Isaiah 54:17).

Mother’s prayer for her daughter

Dear Jesus, thank you for who you are. You are indeed omnipotent and omnipresence. I am grateful that you can see into our hearts. So right now God, will you see into the heart of my daughter? Purify her heart and protect her from all evil thoughts and ideas. Help my daughter to see the beauty you have placed inside of her. And help her to not be blinded by the world’s definition of beauty. Father help her to be secure in who you say she is; fearfully and wonderfully made; a royal priesthood, a chosen generation.

I pray for Your spiritual, physical and emotion defense over my daughter. Help her to known that you are her refuge and strength in times of difficulties. Protect her mind from evil conversations and grant her the spirit of discernment. Father, help her to hear your voice clearly and that she will hear nothing but truth. Lord help her to realize that safety can only be found in You and no-one else. So, thank you Father for your love, strength and protection over my daughter in Jesus Name. Amen.

A mother’s prayer for her daughter helps because children are constantly under attack from worldly pleasures, the enemy and the flesh. Therefore, being aware that your daughter is under attack should encourage persistent prayer. A mother’s prayer for her daughter helps because no one can pray for your daughter like you can. This is because you know your daughter intimately and a mother can discern their weaknesses, struggles and hurts.

The importance of mother-daughter relationship

A mother-daughter relationship is important because from birth, a mother takes on the responsibility of caring, cooking and generally looking after their daughter into womanhood. A mother may not necessarily be biologically related; however, a simple definition of a mother is one who can show unconditional love, giving their full support or being a caregiver, in turn helping their daughter progress and develop throughout their life into womanhood. A mother-daughter relationship is important according to the Word of God because a mother helps their daughter to walk in the truth. “I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth” (3 John 1:4).

A mother-daughter relationship is importance because a daughter can be influenced by the behavior, conduct and attitude of her mother. A mother’s prayer is therefore to speak words of wisdom and kindness over them (Proverbs 31:26). Praying over your daughter will cause them to honor and respect you as their mother. Children are commanded to honor their parents/guardians so that they may live to see long days (Deuteronomy 5:16).

Being able to understand the purpose of a mother’s prayer for her daughter, will enable you to pray persistently and effectively in your Christian walk. Knowing why you should pray for your children and the importance of a mother-daughter relationship will also enable you to develop a deeper relationship with God as well as achieve a greater level of self-discipline in praying for others.


A Prayer for My Daughter

by William Butler Yeats

Once more the storm is howling, and half hid
Under this cradle-hood and coverlid
My child sleeps on. There is no obstacle
But Gregory’s wood and one bare hill
Whereby the haystack- and roof-leveling wind.
Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed;
And for an hour I have walked and prayed
Because of the great gloom that is in my mind.

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,
And under the arches of the bridge, and scream
In the elms above the flooded stream;
Imagining in excited reverie
That the future years had come,
Dancing to a frenzied drum,
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.

May she be granted beauty and yet not
Beauty to make a stranger’s eye distraught,
Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,
Being made beautiful overmuch,
Consider beauty a sufficient end,
Lose natural kindness and maybe
The heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend.

Helen being chosen found life flat and dull
And later had much trouble from a fool,
While that great Queen, that rose out of the spray,
Being fatherless could have her way
Yet chose a bandy-legged smith for man.
It’s certain that fine women eat
A crazy salad with their meat
Whereby the Horn of Plenty is undone.

In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful;
Yet many, that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,
And many a poor man that has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.

May she become a flourishing hidden tree
That all her thoughts may like the linnet be,
And have no business but dispensing round
Their magnanimities of sound,
Nor but in merriment begin a chase,
Nor but in merriment a quarrel.
O may she live like some green laurel
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.

My mind, because the minds that I have loved,
The sort of beauty that I have approved,
Prosper but little, has dried up of late,
Yet knows that to be choked with hate
May well be of all evil chances chief.
If there’s no hatred in a mind
Assault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.

An intellectual hatred is the worst,
So let her think opinions are accursed.
Have I not seen the loveliest woman born
Out of the mouth of Plenty’s horn,
Because of her opinionated mind
Barter that horn and every good
By quiet natures understood
For an old bellows full of angry wind?

Considering that, all hatred driven hence,
The soul recovers radical innocence
And learns at last that it is self-delighting,
Self-appeasing, self-affrighting,
And that its own sweet will is Heaven’s will;
She can, though every face should scowl
And every windy quarter howl
Or every bellows burst, be happy still.

And may her bridegroom bring her to a house
Where all’s accustomed, ceremonious;
For arrogance and hatred are the wares
Peddled in the thoroughfares.
How but in custom and in ceremony
Are innocence and beauty born?
Ceremony’s a name for the rich horn,
And custom for the spreading laurel tree.

Literary Analysis

“A Prayer for My Daughter” is a reflection of the poet’s love for his daughter. It is also about surviving the turmoil of the contemporary world, where passions have been separated from reason. The setting of the poem is unspecified. The speaker is the poet himself talking to his daughter. The tone is gloomy, precarious, and frightening, as well as didactic.

The poem opens with a description of the speaker praying for his innocent infant daughter, Anne, lying in the middle of a storm “howling, and half hid.” The poet demonstrates his feelings through the use of symbols of weather. The newborn baby girl is sleeping “Under this cradle-hood and coverlid,” implying the innocence and vulnerability of Anne. Though the external world is violent, she is protected from it. The storm is a metaphor for the Irish people’s struggle for their independence, which was an uncertain political situation in Yeats’s day. He further presents the situation of the storm with “roof-leveling wind”, representing turbulence, in the midst of which the poet has “walked and prayed for this young child an hour.” Intense and threatening forces surround her like a “flooded stream.” The poet symbolizes the sea thus: “Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.” Despite his apprehensions for his child in this turbulent world, he is hopeful for her.

The poet continues on to comment on his hopes for her beauty:“May she be granted beauty and yet not.” His vacillation is that beauty in women sometimes brings disasters. For example, some such people have a difficult time choosing the right person as a life partner, and neither they can “find a friend.” The speaker lays emphasis on the need for feminine innocence. The poet advances his argument in the next stanzas by citing examples of beautiful women such as Helen of Troy, whose beauty was said to be the cause of the Trojan War. By the end, the poet wants his daughter to be courteous, as love cannot come unconditionally and freely. She must earn love with good efforts and kind-heartedness, and she cannot win it by merely physical beauty because “Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned.” Summing up his theme, the poet wishes his daughter to possess such qualities that could help her face the future years confidently and independently.

Structural Analysis

The poem is written in a lyric form containing ten stanzas with eight lines in each stanza. The poem follows a regular rhyme scheme, which is AABBCDDC as shown below:

I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour  A
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,          A
And-under the arches of the bridge, and scream          B
In the elms above the flooded stream;                         B
Imagining in excited reverie                                        C
That the future years had come,                                  D
Dancing to a frenzied drum,                                        D
Out of the murderous innocence of the sea.                C

The meter of this poem alternates between iambic pentameter and trochaic pentameter, as inI have walked and prayed for this young child an hour / And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower.” The poem is rich in literary devices such as symbolism, personification, paradox, sibilance, assonance, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. The line “murderous innocence of the sea” is an example of paradox. Sibilance is found in the words “sea-wind scream,” while “scream” is also an example of an onomatopoeia. The use of personification can be noted in the lines “future years … dancing”, which implies the transience of life. The poet uses symbols such as “sea wind” and “flooded stream” which denote turbulent forces at work. Alliteration is present in the phrase “be granted beauty.”

Guidance for Usage of Quotes

The poem is concerned with the chaotic modern world. It shows a father consumed with apprehension for his daughter’s future in an uncertain political situation. The father is tense about how he can possibly protect his daughter from the raging storm outside, because she is very beautiful. Therefore, he prays for her as well as gives advice about how to live successfully on earth. Similarly, modern-day fathers can send quotes from this poem to their daughters as a piece of advice for special occasions:

“In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;
Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned
By those that are not entirely beautiful;
Yet many, that have played the fool
For beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,
And many a poor man that has roved,
Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.”

One of the most powerful instincts inherent in human nature is the parental instinct. This is particularly true of women whose mother nature forces them to go sometimes to desperate deeds and sacrifice everything, up to their own lives, for the sake of saving children. It is not surprising that in the religious consciousness this power of primordial animal reflexes was illuminated and sung by the words of prophets and sacred writings. In Orthodoxy, for example, it is believed that the blessing of the mother is almost equivalent to the blessing of God. At the same time, the curse, which attracts those who dare to violate the will of parents, fraught with all suffering and even death. These representations originate in the pre-Christian times of Judaism and are based on unequivocal statements of the Bible.

mothers prayer for daughter

The Power of Mother’s Prayer

The other side of this close connection between the mother and her child is that there is no more prayer than maternal sighing. First of all, this is expressed in the doctrine of the Theotokos, that is, the Virgin Mary, who, being ascended to heaven, represents believers, and especially those who revere her. In Orthodox circles it is often said that her petition is the strongest and can even lead a sinner out of hell. Church legends are full of stories about how, despite the resistance of Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary literally “tricked” him into this or that miracle. Classics of the genre here is the gospel story about the first miracle of Christ – the transformation of water into wine, which the Son of God originally refused to perform, but was persuaded by his mother. Further apocryphal accounts testify to the promise of Christ to fulfill all that the Virgin Mary will ask of him. The latter, in turn, promised to beg for everything that sincere believers and well-disposed admirers would ask of her. Of course, believing Christians who recognize the authenticity of this information actively use this opportunity.

In accordance with this state of affairs, the church consciousness gives special power and prayer to the mother for her children. It is believed that parents have special boldness and the right to demand from God for their offspring special favors. As in the case of the Mother of God, the mother’s prayer has the power to release the child from the underworld, or, for example, the mother’s prayer about the daughter is able to provide her with a good marriage, prosperity and healthy offspring. That is why there are so many prayers for children. We will discuss some of them below.

mothers prayer for daughter

The intercessory prayer of the mother for her daughter

mothers prayer for daughter

The relationship between daughter and mother often closer than those between mother and son. Although in the normal case a believing woman to pray in the first and in the second case. Nevertheless, there is for example a strong prayer to the mother about her daughter, which is easily converted into a petition for my son just by changing a few words: “Lord Jesus, be merciful to my daughter (name). Keep her under Your protection, cut from all evil desires, abhor her every enemy, open the ears and the eyes of my heart, grant mercy, and humility in her soul. Lord, we are all Your creations, be compassionate to my daughter (name) and turn it to repentance. Have mercy and enlighten her mind with the light of Thy gospel and instruct her heart to the path of Thy commandments, so she learned to do Your will, for You are the Saviour and our God, forever and ever. Amen.”

Matters of marriage

The mother’s prayer for her daughter, of course, can concern all aspects of the life of the latter. However, most often after petitions for health, they ask for family well-being. In other words, the basic petition for a daughter concerns successful marriage and the birth of children. And therefore one Orthodox prayer of the mother about the daughter will be presented here – about marriage. As in the example above, it will be shown in the Russian translation, for a better understanding of the meaning.

Orthodox mother’s prayer for the daughter’s marriage

“Oh, Good Lord, I know that our happiness depends on that we love You with all our soul and with all our heart. Direct yourself, O Merciful Lord, the soul and heart of my daughter (name) to the unending pleasure of your name, for You are our Creator and our God. And since your law commands you to spend the time of earthly life in marriage, then bring it to this rank. Let her marriage be not to please the flesh, but to serve You and fulfill Your holy will, since You yourself said it is not good for a man to be alone. Hear my prayer, which I bring from the depths of the mother’s soul to You, that glorified through this Your name forever and ever. Amen”.

This mother’s prayer about the daughter’s marriage is rather short and at the same time very effective. Of course, like any appeal to God, it must be read with sincere faith, and not for a tick.

Application for children

Of course, a mother’s prayer on children is not limited to any particular range of themes, as all their lives are in its competence. Therefore, there are many different petitions for the children, not on marriage. The following is a common prayer to the mother of children, briefly illuminating the most important aspects, and therefore it can be read daily and without a special occasion.

Prayer for children

“Merciful Lord, our heavenly Father, I entrust to You my children (names) that You gave me. I beg You, Father, save them through the ways that You Himself will choose for them. Protect them from all sin and evil, so that nothing disagreeable you do not touch them. But make them clean and unblemished vessels of Thy Spirit, that in innocence they stand before Thy holiness. Execute them by faith, love and hope. Send your blessings to them, illumine your hearts with your grace and reveal them in your Spirit, so that in prayer to you they will find constant support and hope in their lives. Let your angels always guard them. Let them be responsive to the sufferings of others to fulfill Your law of love. If they sin in anything, O Merciful Father, I ask you, give them grace for repentance, and do not seek from them, but forgive for your many love and goodness.

When their earthly life comes to an end, take them to their heavenly abode, where all the saints and the righteous enjoy. May your name be glorified with your only-begotten Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever and ever. Amen”.


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