Use this example to pray bold and specific things over your child before the school day starts this new year.
As parents, mentors, and leaders, we have been given the incredible power to make a difference in the world through the lives of the children we love. And though many of us pray for our kids daily and strongly believe in the power of prayer, it’s sometimes hard to know how to pray strategically, or even what exactly to pray for.
There’s a battle over our families today, and the enemy would love nothing more than to destroy all that we hold dear in this life. He’ll do everything he can to lure our kids his way. But we don’t have to let him win.
Prayer is powerful, and God’s words are true. It’s one of the most important gifts we could ever give to our loved ones in this life. God knows our hearts, He sees, He hears, and is always at work, even when we can’t fully see.
Our children are His. No matter where they go, how old they are, or what they’re facing, they are secure in His care. They’re in His hands, and He has great purpose for them in this life. God loves each one of them so much more than we could ever imagine.
We may not be able to be with them every hour of each day. But He is. We may not see every struggle, worry, or burden that can weigh them down from day to day. But He does. And He is always there, carrying them, and us, straight through.
A Daily Prayer for Our Children:
Another day is ahead, and once again, I want to release my children who I love so incredibly much, straight into your tender care. Because I know that’s the best place they could ever be. Thank you in advance for all that you have in store, for this day, for this season, and for their entire lives.
I ask for your wisdom and direction over their day, that you would give them understanding beyond what their years say they should even know. I ask for you to remind them again of how very much you love them. I pray they find security and confidence fully in you, knowing you are trustworthy and true.
I ask for your peace to cover them. I ask for laughter and joy to fill their day. I pray that you grant boldness and courage to face the challenges set before them, with the confidence and calmness that can only come from your Holy Spirit.
Please teach them your ways, help them to be respectful to others, obedient to your paths, and have a desire to learn your word. Give them a compassionate spirit, and a willingness to look beyond the outward appearance of others to what’s inside.
I pray for you to bring wrong to light, that you would bring restoration and forgiveness when they get off track or lose their way. I ask for you to protect them from feelings of shame or condemnation, but instead, cover them with your grace and hope. I pray for you to surround them with friends and leaders who would challenge them to press closer to you.
Dear Lord, please keep them safe today. I ask for your protection from any harm or evil intent. Please cover them in your care and hide them in the safety of your powerful presence. Protect their coming and going, reminding them that you’re always near. Give them wisdom and spiritual discernment to strive to make the best choices. Give them a heart for your word and for your ways.
I pray you would direct their steps, that your plans for them would prosper, and every place you have determined for them to walk would be paved clear. We ask you to open doors that need to be opened and close every door that needs to be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed inside their lives to grow and flourish to bring you glory.
I ask you to raise up greatness in our children, and greatness in this generation. May they be willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing you have designed them for your purposes and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.
Be a lamp for their feet and a light to their path. Shine over them. Fill them with your Spirit. Bless them with your favor and peace. I thank you God, that you walk ahead of them, beside them, and behind them too, so we can entrust them fully to your safe care.
Thank you so much for allowing me the privilege to care for my children, and I praise you for the work you are continuing to do in their lives. They are a gift to me and to many others.
I trust you today with these precious ones I love so dearly.
In Jesus’ Name,
Debbie McDaniel is a writer/educator/RN who lives in Cypress, TX with her husband, 3 teens, and 4 pets. She loves traveling with her crew – a great cup of coffee with a sunrise view on the beach or mountains is her fav!
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