50 Prayer Requests for the Children
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).
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).
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.
What Do You Pray For Most Often?
When you pray specifically concerning the children, which of these areas do you mention most often?
Questions & Answers
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