Praying God’s Word for Your Family Today
Through the years I’ve seen how important it is to pray God’s Word over and for my children. I’ve also watched how God moved in my kid’s hearts and lives when I shared the Scriptures with them. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to read through the Bible each year and journal what God speaks to my heart through His Word.
This is an example of how I read Scripture and then pray for my child:
“I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Lord, I am so thankful that you always watch over my child, even when she lies down in sleep. May my child always sleep peacefully with knowledge of your care.
So many times I find myself praying for the same things for my children.
That they are healthy.
That they are obedient.
The other day I was reading the Bible, and I came upon Philippians 1:9-11:
I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.
For I want you to understand what really matters,
so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—
the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—
for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (NLT)
As I read it I thought: This is a perfect Scripture to pray for my kids.
How to Pray for Your Child Each Day
Sunday: Pray for love that overflows.
Lord, may the love of _______ increase and overflow for those in our family and for everyone else. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
Monday: Pray for growth in knowledge.
Lord, may _______ grow to love your Word. May the heart of _______ trust your commands. May _______ seek good judgment. Fill _______ with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. (Psalm 119:66, Colossians 1:9)
Tuesday: Pray for understanding of what really matters.
Lord, may _______ know your will and understand what is right because of your law. May _______ not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be transformed into a new person through changed thoughts and through knowing your perfect and pleasing will. (Romans 2:18, Romans 12:2)
Wednesday: Pray for a pure and blameless life.
Lord, may _______ keep firm in their faith, staying pure and blameless, until the end. May the good work you started in _______ carry on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. May _______ hold firmly to the word of life, so life’s labor will not be in vain. (1 Corinthians 1:8, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:6)
Thursday: Pray for the fruit of salvation.
Lord, may _______ be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. May _______ delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. And because of your word planted deep, may whatever _______ do prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Friday: Pray for righteous character and for a life in Jesus.
Lord, may _____ be a peacemaker who sows in peace and reaps a harvest of righteousness. Lord, may your name be honored because of the life of _______. I know this is only possible because of your grace. May love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control flow of the life of _______ because of your spirit within. (James 3:18 2 Thessalonians 1:12, Galatians 5:22-23)
Saturday: Pray for glory and praise to God.
Lord, may _______ produce much fruit so that you may be glorified. May the life of _______ be for your praise and glory, because of hope put in you. (John 15:8, Ephesians 1:14)
As parents, it’s important to pray for our kids, and I’m so thankful that God has given us His Word as a foundation to do just that!
I have created a free PDF for you on How to Pray For Your Child Each Day
Now, more than ever, it’s so important to pray for our families and to teach them God’s Word and to apply His will to their lives.
Journal Through the Bible in 2024
Have you ever wanted to read through the Bible but found yourself giving up? Or even worse, you read the chapters and at the end question how they apply to your life. Tricia Goyer understands. For years she felt frustrated that she couldn’t stick to her commitment to read God’s Word all the way through. Things changed when she found a doable plan and wrote out a daily prayer. Tricia’s heart changed. Her life did, too.
God can bring real transformation into your heart and life when you daily commit to reading your Bible and praying through God’s Word. Praying through the Bible in One Year offers a guided reading plan and a daily prayer starter to help you make God’s Word applicable to your life. Discover the inspiration for real-life transformation.
I pray that with all these resources you can pray God’s Word for your family today!