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37 Powerful Scriptures to Pray Over Your Children

When you pray, do you use scriptures to pray over your children?

God has given you the opportunity to pray for your children.  The best part about prayer is that God can understand your heart even when you don’t know what to pray.

He knows what your child’s needs are and also understands your heart’s cry.

When you pray, you are simply pouring out your heart to a friend – a friend who created your child and loves them more than you can imagine. 

Here are some powerful scriptures to pray over your children to wrap them in God’s protection all the days of their life them each day!

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The Power of Praying Scripture Over Your Children

When you pray for your child, you don’t have to worry about praying for the wrong thing or saying something that will make God mad at you.

When you are come to God in prayer asking for His will to be done for your child, you can rest assured that you are asking the right questions.

When you pray for your child, you are asking God to work miracles in your child’s life.

Claiming God’s promises for your children provides you with a blueprint for praying.  As you pray these promises and claim God’s word, you are speaking life over your child!

Scripture to Pray Over Your Children

When you read a scripture promise, you are simply reading the words.  But when you pray the scripture and make it speak to you and then pray that promise, claiming it as your own, it becomes a promise to you! Put your child’s name in the actual verse as you are praying. 

Make the promise your own.  The promises in the Bible are not just for a select group of people who lived hundreds of years ago, they are living words of God.  God’s promises are good yesterday, today, and tomorrow. 

When you use scriptures to pray over your child, you are using God’s word to pray for the outcome that He already desires.  You are affirming your own faith in the will of God over your child.

  • Pray for your child to follow God
  • Pray for them to have child-like faith
  • Pray for them to have Godly friendships
  • Pray for their future
  • Pray for a hedge of protection around them
  • Pray for them to have joy and peace
  • Pray for their future or current spouse
  • Pray for them to develop good character
  • Pray for their academic success

When your children are young, you are often praying for their physical safety, but as they grow, your prayers will include outside influences that impact your child’s choices.  

The following Bible verses can be used to pray over your child for specific areas of their life.

Romans 12:2

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 NIV

Children are so impressionable as the grow older. The temptation to follow the crowd is very powerful so we must pray this scripture over our children to ask God to transform their minds according to His will and not the worlds. 

As a parent, our greatest hope is that our children will love and follow God. Today, it is harder than ever for our kids to stay focused on God because of social media and the many other ways the enemy has to distract them

Psalm 103:17 

But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children. Psalm 103:17 

John 3:16-17 

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. John 3:16-17  

Psalm 51:10-12  

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51:10-12  

Praying scripture over our children instills a strong foundation of faith. It teaches them the importance of seeking God in prayer and relying on Him in all circumstances.

This habit will serve as an anchor for them as they encounter life’s challenges, empowering them to stand firm in their faith.

Philippians 4:6-7 

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 

Deuteronomy 4:9  

Only be careful and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.  Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9  

Matthew 18:3

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

Mark 10:14 

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14 

Ecclesiastes 4:9-10  

For two are better than one because they have a good return for their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10  

Proverbs 18:24  

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24  

John 13:34-35 

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another.  Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another. John 13:34-35 

Proverbs 17:9  

One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend. Proverbs 17:9  

Jeremiah 29:11-13  

“For I know the plans I have you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.   Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13  

Philippians 1:6  

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6  

Proverbs 22:6  

Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6  

As parents, our greatest desire is to see our children grow spiritually. Praying scripture helps them understand God’s character and His love for them.

Regular exposure to the word of God in prayer fosters a deeper relationship with Him, encouraging them to seek His presence and guidance throughout their lives.

Psalm 20:4-5  

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  May we shout for joy over your victory and lift up our banners in the name of our God.  May the Lord grant all your requests. Psalm 20:4-5  

The Bible is filled with promises from God, such as promises of protection, guidance, wisdom, and love. By praying these promises over your children, you are inviting God’s blessings and favor into their lives.

Psalm 34:7  

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Psalm 34:7  

Romans 8:28 

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 

Praying scripture over our children allows us to pray with confidence, knowing that we are seeking God’s will for their lives.

The Bible is a treasure trove of wisdom and guidance, and as we lift up verses in prayer, we align our petitions with God’s perfect plan for our children. It strengthens our faith, knowing that God’s promises are true and unwavering.

Psalms 139:5 

You hem me in behind and before and you lay your hand upon me. Psalms 139:5 

Job 1:10  

Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side?  You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. Job 1:10  

Praying scriptures over our children is the best way to ensure a hedge of protection and safety which serves as a spiritual shield for your children, guarding them against spiritual and physical harm.

1 Corinthians 10:13 

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 

Psalm 37:4  

Take delight in the lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4  

Praying scripture over children helps instill trust in God’s faithfulness and goodness. It teaches them to rely on God and seek His guidance and help in all aspects of life.

John 14:27  

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be trouble, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27  

Life can be challenging for children as they navigate the ups and downs of growing up. Praying scripture provides them with comfort and encouragement during difficult times.

Words of hope from the Bible remind them that they are never alone and that God is always with them, ready to comfort and support them.

Psalm 4:7  

You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7  

Psalm 34:5  

Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. Psalm 34:5  

Matthew 19:6  

So then, they are no longer two but one flesh.  Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:6  

Proverbs 4:23 

Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Proverbs 4:23 

The words of scripture have a transformative effect on hearts and minds. Praying scripture can lead to positive changes in your children’s attitudes, behavior, and outlook on life.

Proverbs 3:5  

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5  

Using scripture enables parents to pray powerful prayers over their kids. Pray they make wise choices because they seek wisdom and guidance from God. 

Powerful Scriptures to Pray Over Your Children

Psalm 119:1  

Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Psalm 119:1  

Psalm 37:4  

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4  

Galatians 5:22-23

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

We want our children to be happy, loving, and kind to others. Pray this verse of scripture over your children so they may be filled with these character qualities in everything they do. 

Psalm 51-10-12 

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Psalm 51-10-12 

Psalm 119:11  

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11  

1 Timothy 4:12  

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity. 1 Timothy 4:12  

Luke 2:52 

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man. Luke 2:52 

2 Corinthians 1:20  

No matter how many promises God has made, they are “yes” in Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:20  

Lamentations 2:19 

Rise during the night and cry out.  Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord.  Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children. Lamentations 2:19 

Praying scripture over our children is a remarkable practice that can positively transform their lives with the power of the Holy Spirit. It aligns them with God’s will, nurtures their spiritual growth, and grants them access to the boundless promises found in the Bible. 

Heavenly Father, Today I come to you with the cares and concerns of my child.  Help me know how to pray for them, when to speak to them about issues, when to encourage them, and when to keep my mouth shut.  Thank you for loving my child more than I can even imagine and help me to remember that when I feel frustrated or discouraged. 

Guide me as I lead my child by my example and by the things I say and do.  Help them to see you through me and cover my weaknesses and shortcomings. 

Thank you, Lord God, for my child and the incredible blessing you have given me.  Please help me learn to direct my cares and concerns to you.  Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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As parents, we have the privilege and responsibility to bring our children before God in prayer, seeking His guidance, protection, and blessings. 

Through this powerful practice, we can witness the incredible impact of God’s word taking root in their hearts, guiding them to become individuals of strong character, faith, and compassion. 

Let us embrace the transformative power of praying scripture over our children and witness the beauty of God’s work in their lives.

Karen Carlton

Karen is a wife of one man, mom of two grown daughters, teacher of many and school administrator.  She loves encouraging younger moms in their parenting journeys as they raise their kids to love Jesus.  She shares her parenting and teaching experience and passion at Savoring Each Moment.

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  1. Vanessa Russell


    I am the wife of one man, mother of one wonderful son and I just want to say THANK YOU FROM THE EPITOME OF MY HEART. God bless your faithfulness, to Him and the outstanding ministry He has blessed you with… wish I had seen this 19 years, 9 months ago… thank you, again!
    Vanessa Russell

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