Praying for the children in our lives

I don’t know about y’all, but it’s almost back-to-school time in our family, and I may or may not have gotten a little misty-eyed about how quickly time passes when I was shopping for school shorts at Gap yesterday.
I mean, wasn’t it just a few months ago when I was shopping for onesies and lugging an infant carrier into the dressing room?
Oh, sweet nostalgia.
Anyway, today I’ve been thinking a lot about the challenges of parenting children in this culture, and a passage from Ephesians has popped in my head over and over again.
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:16-19
It’s a passage that’s been really meaningful to me since before Alex was born, and it seems like the perfect thing to pray for him as the new school year begins.
Are there any verses of Scripture that you love to pray over the children in our life? Anything that’s especially applicable to the beginning of school? I thought it might be encouraging and edifying if we shared them with each other.
Can’t wait to read your comments!


  1. says

    Psalm 121:5-8 (NLT)
    The Lord himself watches over you!
    The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
    The sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon at night.
    The Lord keeps you from all harm
    and watches over your life.
    The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

  2. ohlookaduck says

    I love Zephaniah 3:17–the visual of how God sings over us makes me weak in the knees! Sometimes I get caught up thinking it’s all me and my influence over my children, and then God reminds me He is already so in love with them, being Big in their lives and singing over them. I’ve got a job to do, but it’s not God’s job. He loves them more than I ever could. Bless Him!

  3. says

    I’m kind of late to the party, but I wanted to share my scriptures.
    I have this written on a little easel chalkboard on top of my fridge. It is a scripture that someone challenged me to pray over my firstborn as he entered the teenage years and is especially compelling today since he left about 3 hours ago for his first day of high school (sniff sniff):
    “Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.” Psalm 119:37
    And then God impressed me to use this scripture as I wrote on my blog about the first day of high school:
    “It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12 The Message

  4. Gina Franzke says

    I pray Romans 16:19 over my girls daily. That they would be “wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil.”
    I also pray John 17 over my family
    1.) That we would glorify God
    2.) That we would know Him.
    3.) That we would acknowledge everything we have comes from God’s gracious hand.
    4.) That we would be one with the Father and with each other.
    5.) That His joy would be made full in us.
    6.) That God would keep us from evil.
    7.) That we would be world changers.
    My girls are 9 and 13 and I have seen God answer these heartfelt prayers.

  5. says

    Something that I’ve always tried to do was communicate with our kids teachers. By that I mean..I make a personal connection with them and when the time is appropriate I let them know that I WILL be praying for them all year and I also ask is there anything specific I can pray for?
    This is a great way to let that teacher know…1) I care 2) I have her interest as well as my child’s at heart 3) She has a warrior praying for her
    Also, when I didn’t work….several other Christian mom’s and I would prayer walk around our schools! IT was awesome! We would do it at different times. Usually after we dropped off our kids!

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