With the school year about to start, and so many little ones (and big ones) returning to school for another year, I found a list our church gave us for praying over our children when we dedicate them – our baby’s dedication was about a month ago.
Our oldest is going to school for the first time, and with all the evil in the world, with all the strange things he may encounter, I feel like its our responsibility to pray over our children.
I’m praying specifically for my sons’:
Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. Isaiah 45:8; 2 Timothy 2:10
Growth in Grace –
I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them. Galations 5:25; Ephesians 5:2
Honesty & Integrity –
May integrity and honest be my children’s virtue and their protection. Psalm 25:21
Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do. Psalm 19:10
God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do. Psalm 11:7; Micah 6:8
May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful. Luke 6:36
Father, grant that my children may show proper respect for their selves, others, and for authority figures, as Your Word commands. 1 Peter 2:17
Biblical Self Esteem –
Help my children to develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:10
Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these two virtues around their necks like necklaces and write them on the tablet of their hearts. Proverbs 3:3
May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions at school. Deut. 31:6
Create in my children a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown through their actions. Psalm 51:10
Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to other children at school, as well as show kindness to their teachers. 1 Thessalonians 5:15
Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay-up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age. 1 Timothy 6:18-19
Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace, and to live a life of peace with others, as much as it depends on them. Romans 14:19
May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit, may their joyfulness be catching, and may I as their mother create a home where joy abounds. 1 Thessalonians 1:6
Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race You have marked out for them, without giving up, and with confidence that they can do all things through Your strength. Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 4:13
God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all by displaying a gentle, peace-loving attitude. Titus 3:2
Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion. Colossians 3:12
Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load. Help them to become mature adults. Galatians 6:5
Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through You who gives them strength. Philippians 4:12-13
I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them. Luke 17:5-6; Hebrews 11:1-40
A Servant’s Heart –
God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men. Ephesians 6:7
May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Willingness & Ability to Work –
Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as they are working for You and not just for men or their teacher. Colossians 3:23
Passion for God
Lord, please instill in my children a soul that “followeth hard after thee,” one that clings passionately to You. Psalm 63:8
Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right, just, and fair. Proverbs 1:3
Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20; Colossians 2:7
A Heart for Reaching Out to Others –
Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples. Psalm 96:3
I’m not sure about you, but my husband definitely needs my support and love in the power that comes in praying over him in his work. He, like most people working full time, deals with a variety of complicated situations ranging from minor every day frustrations to managing several difficult or negative interactions sometimes in a succession right after each other. He especially encounters negativity daily in a way that can wear a person down to a pulp overtime. Men (and women too) need someone on their side, praying daily for their heart to remain strong (not hard or cold) in the face of conflict, and still soft (but not weak) when dealing with the broken, young, or old.
He needs to know I’m in his corner praying for him to have wisdom and courage to fight the good fight.
Work is difficult sometimes. Because of the fall and the curse that fell on us, work has become something difficult… frustrating… and yet, it is also immensely fulfilling in that it gives us purpose. Our sweet church just did a series on work, and how one’s faith should drastically impact their entire approach to it.
Christians should work with passion, have strong work ethics, have the upmost integrity in their dealings with employers, coworkers, or clients. They should be exemplary employees, but since we are all human, many get tired of the surrounding atmosphere of a lack of team work, or frustrated with coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. It can be hard to keep a positive attitude when daily we are reminded of the negative – but as a wife, I want to cover my husband in a blanket of prayer to safeguard his positivity, his serenity, and his purpose in fulfilling his calling at his workplace.
Here are some things to consider when praying over your husband:
His role as a provider or co-provider with you – sometimes that task can be especially daunting if your husband doesn’t find purpose or fulfillment in his work. Pray for his heart and his spirit to be encouraged in knowing the good he is doing
His heart to remain close to God – pray for him to keep God at the center of his decisions. Many men and women simply make God or Christianity something they only partake of on Sundays, instead of allowing it to overflow into every aspect of their life. Pray he develops closeness to God or continues in his walk with the Lord.
Pray for him to be empowered with strength to face his daily grind – pray that he’s safe-guarded from falling into a pit of discouragement, every job gets familiar and starts to lose its sparkle over time, but prolonged discouragement is dangerous to his spirit.
Pray for him to have wisdom in every encounter
Pray for him to be filled with Joy (the counter-serum to Depression) and to view the world through a lens of gratitude – make your family the safe haven he can retreat to every night in order to refill his cup with warm Joy, and make gratitude a focal point for your family. Joy + Gratitude makes for the BEST atmosphere and environment for staying positive in life, and will greatly affect your children as they look to you to learn what happiness in life is.