One of the things I’ve caught myself saying a lot lately is, “I got saved a long time ago, but only recently came to the REAL Truth!” And it’s true. I gave my life to the Lord at what I consider to be a young age. Then I took it back again. Then I gave it back, only to seize it again with both hands. But I guess that’s how it is with children.
And that’s exactly what I was…a child. Now that I have children of my own, I find myself telling them I don’t want them to make the same mistakes that I made. That I don’t want them to have the same regrets I have. But so many times, it seems to go in one ear and out the other.
My children aren’t so young anymore. My son is 22 and my daughter just turned 17. I’ve found I just can’t pray for them the same way now that I could when they were younger. When they were toddlers and young children, it just seemed like it was so much easier. Since they’ve gotten older, the spiritual battles are harder for them, and harder on me, as their praying Mama!
So, after pouring out my heart to God at the altar recently, I developed a new tenacity in praying for them. But suddenly, the Lord said, Your prayers are getting long and methodical. This won’t do. I realized how true that was! I had started praying a kind of “rote prayer”, praying the same things over both of them, and leaving other doors wide open.
After some soul searching and internet searching, God pointed out that praying the Scripture over my children was one of the best things I could do at this point. Going back to the promises God has made to me – to US – as parents, is a method of Spiritual warfare I hadn’t tried in my prayers for them in awhile. And it was time to get BACK to that!
All my research and study can’t be wasted though, and that’s why I’m sharing it with you today! My prayer is that some parent finds this just in time. That some parent who is as soul-sick as I was will come to the Word for refreshing and renewal, and watch the Hand of our Loving Father at work in the lives of our children!
The first thing I needed to do was establish exactly where my faith was. Hebrews 11:1 tells us, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. I just love that, don’t you? Feel free to go back and read it a few times, just to make sure you understand what’s being said here.
Faith IS…substance, and evidence. Both of those things are concrete and point towards something… “substance – of things hoped for”, AND “evidence – of things not seen”. Those things we hope for, those things we do not even see yet…we can stand in faith believing that we will! The salvation, deliverance and restoration of our children? Yeah, this certainly covers that too!
Another bedrock Scripture of mine is Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?
Wow! Just imagine, crying out to God, as I did, asking, “Why aren’t you answering, God? Where are you in this?” When all along, this is what He wants me to know. He wants me to trust Him! He wants me to HAVE FAITH! I repented, and moved right along.
The Old and New Testaments
There was a time when I stayed away from the Old Testament in looking for “promises” to claim. You may even think the way I did at one time, that those promises weren’t for us. I felt like they were for those saints of old, those who were pillars of the Jewish community. That is, until I happened across a verse in Galatians chapter 4…
Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. (Galatians 4:28)
The first time I ever read that, it immediatly stopped me in my tracks. I wasn’t sure what it meant, but my spirit felt an urgency to keep on looking for what might be there. I knew I was missing something. Only recently, I came across Paul’s words, clarifying that statement a bit, which really helped me to put it all together. In Romans 9:7-8, he said, Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but in Isaac shall thy seed be called. That is, They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed.
See, we have a righteous claim on those Abrahamic promises that I use to just skip right over! We ARE children, as Isaac was, of a promise from God. We already know that nothing is too hard for Him, so making us heirs of Abraham certainly wasn’t either. Further proof can be found in Galatians 3:7, that says, Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, are the children of Abraham.
Now, with these things in mind, let’s move right into some of those amazing verses of Scripture that we can utilize into prayers for our children.
Scriptures to Pray Over Your Children
We are instructed to call out our children’s names in prayer, even in the middle of the night! If you’ve never been a “hand lifter”, give it try. He wouldn’t have asked us to do so if there weren’t some reward in obedience.
Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children. (Lamentations 2:19)
We can remind ourselves of God’s faithfulness in remembering these words, from 1 John:
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything, according to his will, he heareth us. And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him. (1 John 5:14-15)
Our children are given to us as a heritage, a lineage that will carry on for generations. A reward!
Lo, children an an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. (Psalm 127:3)
If you’re having particular problems, take a look at the condition of your house. Is it a “just” habitation? If not, pray that as well! God is faithful!
The curse of the Lord is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just. (Proverbs 3:33)
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you. (Genesis 9:9)
Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations. (Deuteronomy 7:9)
And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31)
…for I will contend with them that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children. (Isaiah 49:25b)
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him. (Proverbs 20:7)
For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring. (Isaiah 44:3)
And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children (Isaiah 54:13)
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. (Isaiah 59:21)
The Lord shall increase you more and more, you and your children. (Psalm 114:14)
In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge. (Proverbs 14:26)
Certainly Not The Complete List
I have only added Scriptures that the Lord led me to in my own study. There are many, MANY more available to you. In your quiet time with the Lord, He may even give you a Scripture to add to the list. Claim that! Highlighting it in your Bible is great, but better still to write it on a note card or a piece of paper and stick it up somewhere. You can pin it to your wall, by the mirror in the bathroom, or anywhere you’re apt to see it often. And remember…whispered prayers throughout the day can be just as powerful as others you might pray.
I hope that you’ve been blessed, and that you now have a little more artillery for your warfare prayers for your children. Satan certainly won’t stop doing all he can to influence them. Let’s make sure we do our part too!
If you’d like to add some verses of your own, for others to see when they read this, please share them in a comment! I would appreciate it, as I’m sure others would as well.