I have a little spot in our bedroom where I display pictures of our family and our kids, as well as some Bible verses and prayers I’ve collected along the way. I often stop to look at the pictures and read the verses while I’m getting ready in the morning and at night. The visuals remind me of the good things in my life and the faithfulness of God in hearing and answering prayer.
When I look at those pictures, I remember how little our kids were and how much they’ve grown. I know when and where each picture was taken and am drawn into the love both behind and in front of the camera. When I take it in as a whole, with the Scriptures and pictures, I think about how much Jesus cares for us and our kids. Jesus pulled children close and blessed them in a culture that often pushed kids, especially the littlest ones, away:
“And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, ‘Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.”Mark 10:13-16
Jesus saw the implicit value of children and instructed us to be more like them – trusting their Father’s faithfulness to provide and His love in caring for us.
I want to be like Jesus. I want to pull our kids close and speak blessings over them as they grow and go out into the world.
Here are five prayers for our children. Let’s pray a collective blessing over our kids.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,whose trust is the Lord.Jeremiah 17:7-8
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Father God, instill our children with a strong sense of identity as your image-bearers. May they come to know and accept your love and sacrifice for them. May they have assurance that your Presence is in them, goes before them, and will always be with them, wherever they go. Give them deep roots of faith so they will not be shaken when they encounter the storms of life.
“So we can confidently say,‘The Lord is my helper;Hebrews 13:6
I will not fear;
what can man do to me?’”
Lord Jesus, give our children a hunger for justice. Give them a spirit of discernment so they may see evil and call it out by name. Grant them strength to be warriors for your Kingdom, taking back territory that belongs to You. May their lives be a holy work to bring the Good News of your victory over evil to their generation.
“Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.”1 Peter 3:8
Lord Jesus, soften the hearts of our children. May they see your image in the humanity around them. Grant them a tender spirit that gives and receives forgiveness freely in your Holy Name. Give them eyes to see suffering in their fellow man and hands that serve the lost.
“But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”1 Corinthians 15:57
Lord God, in our culture of entitlement, grant our children a spirit of gratitude. May they see Your hand in all the good things around them and know the price you paid to reconcile them to your heart. May they take their place as Your children, bowing before Your throne, walking in humble gratitude throughout their lives.
“And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”Colossians 3:15
Holy Spirit, may your peace reign in the hearts of our children. May they be servants of peace, spreading your love throughout the world. May they be bridge-builders, people who unite instead of divide. Give them healing hands, bringing Your love to the lost in this world.
And now, a prayer for us: God, you have entrusted us with your children. Parenting is a huge responsibility. May we remain focused on nurturing and loving our children as they grow. May we be bold instead of afraid, parenting from a stance of victory in the Name of Jesus. Amen.
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I’m a wife, mom of two, and lover of Jesus. I believe through Him we are transformed and receive new life, giving us unique purpose.