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50 Prayer Requests for the Children

MsDora, former teacher and Christian counselor presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

Do you worry or pray? (Photo by Benjamin Carlson)

Do you worry or pray? (Photo by Benjamin Carlson)

When you think of your children while you're away from them, how do you react more often? Do you worry or do you pray? Which frame of mind is more likely to benefit the children? Often, there may be just enough time for one prayer request which will alleviate your worry, and assure you that God is able to take care of them.

Below are 50 samples (extracted from the New Living Translation) of prayer requests which can lower your stress level when you think of the children. Choose the request(s) appropriate for your worry. Address your prayer to God and replace the pronouns with your children's names.

For Physical and Mental Health

(1) That they be healthy in body and strong in spirit (3 John 1:2);

(2) That God fills their hearts with joy (Psalm 28:7);

(3) That they experience God’s extraordinary peace (Philippians 4:7);

(4) That they focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8);

(5) That the Lord protects them from all sickness (Deuteronomy 7:15);

(6) That God forgives their sins and heals their diseases (Psalm103:3);

(7) That they treat their bodies respectfully as they would the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).

For Everyday Protection

(8) That God orders His angels to protect them wherever they go (Psalm 91:11);

(9) That no weapon formed against them succeeds (Isaiah 54:17);

(10) That God keeps them safe from oppression and violence (Psalm 72:14);

(11) That He fights on their behalf against their enemies (Deuteronomy 20:4);

(12) That God sabotages curses against them and turn them into blessings instead (Numbers 23:11);

(13) That He shelters them in His presence from conspiracy and from accusing tongues (Psalm 31:20);

(14) That they call on God whenever they are in trouble, and He answers them (Psalm 91:15).

For Spiritual Growth

(15) That God gives them spiritual wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1: 17);

(16) That they understand the meaning of God’s commandments, and meditate on His wonderful deeds (Psalm 119:27);

(17) That they place their faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22);

(18) That they be earnest and disciplined in their prayers (1 Peter 4:7);

(19) That the Holy Spirit produce in their lives, the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22, 23);

(20) That when their faith is tested, their endurance develops (James 1: 3,4);

(21) That their roots grow down into God’s love and keep them strong (Ephesians 3:17).

Ready to Learn (Painting by Isaak Asknaziy)

Ready to Learn (Painting by Isaak Asknaziy)

For Intellectual Development

(22) That the breath of the Almighty within them makes them intelligent (Job 32:8);

(23) That they are intelligent and ready to learn (Proverbs 18:15);

(24) That they be gifted with knowledge and good judgment (Daniel 1:4);

(25) That they gain unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom (Daniel 1:17);

(26) That they learn to analyze and interpret things (Ecclesiastes 8:1);

(27) That obedience to God’s instructions makes them more insightful than their teachers and wiser than their elders (Psalm 119: 99,100);

(28) That instead of rejoicing in their wisdom, they rejoice in their knowledge of God (Jeremiah 9:23).

For Social Development

(29) That they find favor with both God and people, and earn a good reputation (Proverbs 3:4);

(30) That everything they say be good, helpful, and encouraging to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29);

(31) That they do not compromise with evil (Psalm 119:3);

(32) That they be wiser than their enemies (Psalm 119:98);

(33) That they use the gifts God has given them to help others (1Peter 4: 10);

(34) That they run from anything that stimulates lust and enjoy companionship with individuals who want to live wisely (2 Timothy 2:2);

(35) That their hard work brings them prosperity (Proverbs 13:4).

For Successful Careers

(36) That they seek God’s will and let Him show them the path they should take (Proverbs 3:6);

(37) That whatever their jobs, they perform with the attitude that they are working for God (Colossians 3:23);

(38) That they excel as craftsmen in the skills God has given them (Exodus 35:35);

(39) That they protect their employer’s interests and be rewarded (Proverbs 27:18);

(40) That their hard work puts them into leadership positions (Proverbs 12:24);

(41) That good things result from their generosity and fair business practices (Psalms 112:5);

(42) That they remember the Lord their God who gives them power to be successful (Deuteronomy 8:18).

Pray for their safety and success. (Photo by Andre Hunter)

Pray for their safety and success. (Photo by Andre Hunter)

For A God-Directed Future

(43) That they will trust God to keep them safe and make them prosperous (Psalm 37:3);

(44) That they will walk upright and be successful in everything they do (Joshua 1:7);

(45) That the way they live will always please the Lord and honor him (Colossians 1:10);

(46) That even when they stumble, they will not fall but let God hold their hands (Psalm 37:24);

(47) That they will always do good and kind things for others, while learning to know God better and better (Ibid.);

(48) That they will have good health to enjoy the wealth they get from God (Ecclesiastes 5:19);

(49) That God will keep them strong till the end (1 Corinthians 1:8);

(50) That He will reward them with long life and salvation (Psalm 91:16).

Suggested Use of the One-liner Prayers

  • Carry the printed lines, and pray several different prayers for the children at different times throughout the day: while waiting in the doctor’s office, while riding on the bus, or while waiting for the traffic jam to clear.
  • Assign parents in a prayer group to pray different lines on behalf of the children. Add to them, as needed.

Parents never have to be worried, bored or idle when a spare moment can be used to pray one-liners for the children. Sometimes, there's actually nothing better to do than pray.

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© 2015 Dora Weithers

Comments

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 12, 2017:

Cheruyot, I appreciate your feedback. God bless you too, as you continue to read and to learn.

Cheruyot Carolyne on November 12, 2017:

Have learned alot. May God bless you people.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 22, 2016:

Yecall, the old song asks the question, "Why worry when you can pray?" Do what you can and ask God to make up your parenting deficiences. You're His child too. Thanks for sharing.

Andrea Parker from Florida on March 22, 2016:

I love this idea Ms. Dora. I worry about my children. I do it less than I used to before but I still do it and I really want to stop. They don't like it either. Children want you to smile at them and not look at them with such a worried face.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 02, 2016:

Thank you Dora, I cherish your blessings!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on March 02, 2016:

Cynthia, good to see you. Thanks for coming back to comment. Happy that you can use the article and I hope that the book is a plus. Blessings on you too and on your ministry with the children!

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on March 01, 2016:

Dear MsDora-- I read this article a number of days ago and was interrupted at the time and forgot to comment! Well, I'm back to say that this is exactly what I was looking for since I have grandkids AND teach small children at Church. I loved the way you organized this, and I liked the look of the book from Amazon and so ordered it on your site (along with a few other items, impulsive as I can be!) God bless you!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on January 13, 2016:

Rajan, you're right. We can pray these prayers for everyone; I just try to live in an attitude of prayer all day for the children. Everyone counts.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 12, 2016:

Prayer is all powerful and this is a very handy list of prayers for everyone. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 28, 2015:

Thanks, Heidi. Children are important and praying for them is even more important. I appreciate your affirmation.

Heidi Vincent from GRENADA on December 28, 2015:

Very important topic and useful hub with all-encompassing one-liner prayers, Dora!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 24, 2015:

Thank you Teaches, for reading and sharing. Happy that you find the one-liner prayers helpful.

Dianna Mendez on December 23, 2015:

I love your suggestions for prayer. I pray for my children constantly and this will help to cover certain areas. I am sharing this post with other parents.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 16, 2015:

Sujaya. At least, you know some, and then there are your own that you can submit. Thanks for the comment.

sujaya venkatesh on December 15, 2015:

Good Do! all i know is GOD TEMPLE PRAYERS

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 06, 2015:

Swalia, glad to know other believers in the power of prayer. Thanks for your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 06, 2015:

Michael, it is always a pleasure to hear from you. All your comments including this one adds substance to the message of the article. Thank you and all the best to you and your family.

Shaloo Walia from India on December 05, 2015:

Prayer is our greatest strength.Thanks for sharing these amazing one-liners!

Michael-Milec on December 05, 2015:

Hello MsDora.

A powerful message to all the humanity: Praying the Word, a "Hotline to heaven!"-with exclamation point, " parents who believe in the power of prayer also believe in the truth of the Scriptures." Excellent. For one, the Holy Spirit works upon the Word and secondly, the holy angels react directly to the Word. If only, yes if only all parents would love enough their children, they will prioritize to know and speak the Word praying for their childrens' safe, saved and blessed life now and forever. My wife and myself, do practice praying the Word for our "children";- as long as we live we are the parents and as long as "they" live they are our children. Glory to God. The greratest gain of any parent mission on this earth is to " "bring" their children back into the arms of the Father - back Home.

May the Lord bless and protect you always.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 05, 2015:

True, Deb. Every little line helps. Thanks for your feedback.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on December 05, 2015:

Nowadays, especially, children have more challenges in their lives than we even did. They need all the help that they can get.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2015:

Thanks, Barbara. The children themselves are busy; we who are older and wiser know the significance of slowing down and involving God in our lives. Hopefully, our prayer s can affect them and they can learn from us.

Barbara Anne Helberg from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA on December 03, 2015:

Love the pause for Spirituality in a parent's busy schedule! Speed has swallowed the world, it seems some days, and taking time for Prayer may eventually slow it down to sanity. You quote valuable lessons! After all, children are always the next great hope of the world.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2015:

Thanks for your comment, Devika. Prayers take away the worry, and boosts your trust in God.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 03, 2015:

Shauna, that's great. It is honest and genuine when you talk from your heart. I know God hears you too. Thanks for your contribution.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 03, 2015:

A beautiful hub and you write from the heart. Prayers help and make you feel good again.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 02, 2015:

Dora, this is very enlightening. I must admit that, although I've read the Bible from cover to cover and attended Catholic school when I was young, I cannot recite any of the Scriptures. Not that I don't want to... I simply don't remember any of them.

However, I do talk to God and pray for my son and anyone else I feel having a conversation with God will help. I think any way a person connects with God is appreciated by Him. We all have personal ways of connecting. I prefer conversation in my own words. He hears me. I know He does.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 02, 2015:

Venkatachari M, thanks for your affirmation. Glad you find the list of prayers useful.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 01, 2015:

Nice hub bringing together all prayers for children at one place. Parents always need prayers for their children. And, this post of yours is a good handy one to look for for all times. Thanks for it.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Good point, Demas. We must include ourselves and request as much favor for us as we request for our children. Thank you for sharing that valuable thought.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on December 01, 2015:

Wonderful focus on something needed today, and pray remembering that we ourselves are "children" of our loving Heavenly Father.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Denise, we do need confidence in God's watchful eye over our children. That's the only reason we sleep at night when our children are far away. Thanks for your contribution.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Bill, whatever your daughter is doing in Israel, I pray for her safety and her success. Glad to contribute to your prayers. Thanks for sharing.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Geri, it makes me happy to know that you will uses the prayers. Thanks for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Frank, I am happy about the effect that these verses have on you. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Manatita, I appreciate your very kind feedback. Thank you.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on December 01, 2015:

I like your suggestion, to replace worry with prayer. It helps us to find faith in a moment when we are lacking in it enough that our thoughts have wandered to things that are negative and troublesome. As we do this simple thing, we are filled with confidence in God's tender mercies in behalf of our family members, and we feel a sense of peace.

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on December 01, 2015:

My youngest daughter just landed in Israel less than an hour ago. These one liners certainly will help. Thanks for a well organized collection of prayers for our children. They certainly need them just like the rest of us. Thanks again!

Geri McClymont on December 01, 2015:

Thank you for this very thoughtful article, Dora. I am going to use these very specific prayers throughout the day for the children in my family. I echo Flourish's comments.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 01, 2015:

MsDora your hub is an excellent tool.. a guide written to help relax the soul and spirit...quoting passages just to remind us where we came from.... a real need exists in this hub...bless you

manatita44 from london on December 01, 2015:

Pretty inspirational and spot on for children, and rightly quoted as well. A very loving and insightful Hub, and a benchmark for bringing up the young; teaching them about love, life and happiness in the Lord. Praise be!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on December 01, 2015:

Chitrangada, I agree with you about the state of world affairs. Hope this article encourages prayers for the children. Thanks for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 01, 2015:

Great hub and so important for the children of today's World.

It makes me very sad and concerned to see so much stress, insecurity, violence around the World. It is our responsibility to try to pass on a World full of love, Peace and happiness to the future generations.

The children need our prayers and encouragement more than anything else. Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Flourish, I love your expression of pushing the children forward into the future . . . Thanks for your very positive comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Faith, your prayer for your children and grandchildren will benefit them throughout their entire lives. They are blessed to have you and your prayers on their side. Thanks for sharing.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 30, 2015:

MsDora - in a time when our world is filled with terrorism and oppression, it's easy to shut down and isolate. However, opening up children's experiences and pushing them joyfully, courageously forward into the future with a prayer that they may flourish is a better solution. Thank you for arming parents, grandparents, and all who love and care about young people with such eloquence.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on November 30, 2015:

Prayer is so powerful and I know that being a mother and now a grandmother, I spent a lot of time in prayer for all the children. Prayer accomplishes a lot, where worry, nothing!

Excellent and useful article, MsDora, as always.

God bless you and yours

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Thanks, Janelle. I appreciate your kind feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Lori, happy to write something useful. Pray on for your children and grandchildren. There's much power in a mother's / grandmother's prayer.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Thanks, Word. So glad that you like it.

Pennington on November 30, 2015:

Excellent Hub and a great layout on specific aspects of a child's life to pray for and the scripture verses to go along with it. This is just wonderful.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on November 30, 2015:

I was just struggling this afternoon as to how to pray for my 15 year old granddaughter who feels like she has no friends. This will help in praying for my four grown sons, and for my 12 grandchildren. I love this.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on November 30, 2015:

This is special Dora, well done!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Jackie, I felt that burden for all the children even as I was working on this article. I usually pray for my own children, but I'll start to include them all on a regular basis. Thanks for your feedback.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on November 30, 2015:

No better time than to start praying than now is there? Children worldwide need our prayers. God bless you Dora for bringing us the important things in life.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Eric, thank YOU for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Thanks Bill. You're such a great encouragement to me.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 30, 2015:

All I can say is "done deal". Wonderful, thank you

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 30, 2015:

Very inspirational, Dora, but I would expect nothing less from you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on November 30, 2015:

Thanks Jay. For me, too. Thanks for your speedy comment.

Reynold Jay from Saginaw, Michigan on November 30, 2015:

Hi Ms. Dora--Wonderful prayers all in one handy place for me ( and all others) Well done.