Four Ways to Pray for Your Kids
Sometimes as a mom, I get overwhelmed with all I should be doing for my kids’ spiritual development. I should be reading the Bible with my kids, teaching them Scripture, training them on character qualities, helping them understand prayer. The list goes on and on.
Equally important are my prayers FOR my kids … but when I start considering all I should be praying for, this list is even longer than the first!
After praying about it (what a concept!), I came up with four foundational things to pray for my children daily. Yes, there will be additional things to add on, but this a great place to start. To make these things easier to remember, think of the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.”
Pray your children will always lift their heads to look to the Lord, and when they’re too hurt or discouraged, pray they’ll allow God to lift their heads.
“But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high.” Psalm 3:3*
Pray your children will learn to let God carry their burdens.
“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.” Psalm 55:33
Pray your children will get on their knees before God often.
“Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” James 4:7
Pray your kids will be connected to a community of believers who will keep them on their toes.
“So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. Hebrews 3:12
If you like this list, share it with a friend. Can you see all of us around the world praying for our children as we sing “Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes…”?
*All Scripture is taken from The Message
Click here to download and print this PDF to remind yourself how to pray for your children!
Now what about you? How do you pray for your kids?
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Linda Marie Finn says
OK , did you give up tweets ? Going to share there even though you have no links now for that.
Tricia Goyer says
Linda, there is a “click to tweet” right above the question.
Tina at Mommynificent says
I love this! I will never sing that song again without praying these things. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday! Always love having you there!
Tricia Goyer says
So glad that this will lead you to prayer, friend!
Debi Grenseman says
I love this, Tricia. As one mom wrote, now just hearing the song will make us think and remind us to cover our children in prayer. And praying Scripture, washing them in the Word of God, is powerful. I can’t help but also recommend moms join their voices together to pray for each other’s children and for the schools they attend. As Fern Nichols said, “More prayer, more power, more love.”
Tricia Goyer says
I love that!!
Hi Tricia! This post just showed up in my pinterest newsfeed and I’m so glad I clicked! What a clever and thoughtful place to start. I love these prayers Sharing!