Praying for your Children

Several years ago I started praying for my children like never before. But I knew there were specific areas that I was forgetting to cover them in. It is such an honor and privilege to parent my children. I want to glorify the Lord in this role He has placed me in.

I had been reading Becky Tirabassi’s book Let Prayer Change Your Life and had done an intensive study on prayer, using the book to go along with it. Her book totally transformed my prayer life. I began journaling my prayers and my prayers became 1-2 hours long as I prayed over so many people and places and situations the Lord brought to my mind.

At that time, I looked online for resources for praying for specific areas of my children’s lives. I printed these out and placed them in a page protector and placed them in the front of my prayer journal (which is just a 3-ring binder filled with notebook paper). This way, each time I start my prayer time I look at my prayer list and pray for that specific area for each child, that day (along with all of the other things I pray for each of them.)

Below are links to the resources I printed out so that you can use them in your prayer time.

40 Ways to Pray for your children.
Praying For Keeps
A Parent’s Prayer Calendar
The Parent’s Prayer
Power-Packed Prayers

I would love to hear your ideas for praying for your children.

(this idea was originally published on my blog on Sept. 26, 2007)


  1. These are excellent resources. Thank you so much for sharing. My son will be 13 next month and it seems like there are all new things to be worried about lately. These are some real tools that I can use to step up my prayers for him. Thank you.

  2. Thank you so much for these links. They will really help me to pray for my kids. It’s an important thing that I need to do on a regular basis. They are growing up so fast.

  3. Anonymous says

    Hi Karla,

    Like you, I’m passionate about praying for my kids. One thing I use is the book
    The Power of the Praying Parent, and I use the prayer at the end of each chapter to pray for them, one a day, and then repeat. Many good topics in there, and I always feel I’ve got good coverage from that book.

    Another thing I do, is as I read my Bible, if I come across a passage that really speaks to me, and is something I’d like to pray, I pray that Scritpure back to God. There are TONS of scripture that apply to growing children and their lives.

    Finally, I’m REALLY into praying for my kids future spouses (they are 9 right now-twins). I have a son and a daugther. I pray all the time that God will bring a loving, meek and quiet wife for my son, who respects him and loves him. And for my daughter, that God would bring her a strong, man of God who has integrity. Who is gentle and patient and kind with her. THERE IS SO MUCH TO PRAY!

    Thanks for the links, I can’t wait to check them out.

    Kelly S.

  4. Thanks for the links. Praying for our kids is the ONLY thing that will get us through as parents. Thanks.

  5. When our kids were younger, I bought a book, Praying for your Teenager, after they were grown I donated it to our church library – great points here, and Becky Terabissi is really, really encouraging.

  6. Sister Honey Bunch says

    There’s an organization Moms In Touch International that is in every community.

    Moms get together for one hour each week and pray for the children of a particular school. Each school has(or can. or should)a group that prays over the children who attend. The group for my son’s school meets at a local church and they pray for specific children who have needs, for the teachers and for the school overall.

    It’s pretty cool.

  7. Karla –
    I’ve written a couple of articles on this. One thing I started doing was placing my hand on my children and covering them in prayer before they leave for school. They hear me audibly pray over them before they go out the door.
    I also have started occasionally going in their rooms and praying over their rooms – playing Christian music or tapes in their while they are gone too so that God’s Word infiltrates their rooms.
    Just a couple of ideas. :)

  8. Veggiemomof2 says

    Thank you for the resources! I am printing out stuff now :)

  9. Gotta GROW with it says

    This has been such a big ache in my heart lately on what to pray for my sweeties. Thank you for the fabulous resources! I needed them.

  10. glorybeam says

    Deepy convicting! I have 2 teenagers, boy and girl. Just picked up a prayer card from Family Life, at a “Weekend to Remember” marriage conference. Now I found all these awesome resources from your one post. Thank you so much.

  11. I love The Power of a Praying Parent. I also love praying with our daughter as part of bedtime routine, and then praying over her as I lay her in her crib. What a blessing to know that she is in the Father’s care!

  12. Cassie - Homeschooling Four says

    I loved the “Power of a Praying Parent” book by Stormie Omartian. Have you read it?

  13. Awesome. Thanks for the resources. There’s a little blog I read that posts weekly prayers…

    It’s a nice little reminder amidst my other bloglined reads!

  14. Mommy Cracked says

    I really do appreciate these links. They are so great! I pray over my little guy every night, but these articles definitely gave me some new things to pray for.

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