We cannot overemphasize the importance of prayer in our children’s lives. One of my favorite methods of prayer is praying scripture over my children. There is something powerful about using God’s word in prayer.
For years, I’ve loved Amy Carmichael’s prayer that she prayed for the children under her care in her orphanage in India. You can tell that she was filled with the Word of God and it poured out in her prayer. (You can get the free printable at the bottom of the post.)
Dear God, make them good soldiers of Jesus Christ. Let them never turn back in the day of battle.
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3
Let them be winners and helpers of souls; let them live not to be ministered to but to minister.
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
Make them loyal; let them set loyalty high above all things.
A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24
Make them doers, not just talkers.
In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. Proverbs 10:19 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22
Let them enjoy hard work and choose hard things rather than easy.
And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Colossians 3:24 Not slothful in business, fervent in spirit; serving the Lord. Romans 12:11
Make them trustworthy, make them wise for it is written: God takes no pleasure in fools. Let them pass from dependence upon us to dependence on Thee.
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5,6
Let them never come under the dominion of earthly things; keep them free.
Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Romans 6:12
Let them grow up healthy, happy, friendly, and seeking to make others happy.
Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another. Romans 12:10
Give them eyes to see the beauty of the world, and hearts to worship its Creator.
Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. Psalm 150:2
May they walk, Lord, in the light of your countenance.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15
And for ourselves we ask, that we might never weaken. God is my strong salvation. We ask that we might train them to say that word, and live that life, and pour themselves out for others, unhindered by self.
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Romans 12:1-2