I confess that sometimes prayers for my children become wooden and repetitive. “And Lord, help our children to have a great day at school,” and “Lord, help them to do well on their math test,” while sincere are hardly specific. Here are some requests from Ephesians 1:15-23 that asks for some serious spiritual stuff.
Here are nine things to pray every day for our children and grandchildren.
Thanksgiving: Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3). Thank God for his gracious blessing. Thank him for the privilege of parenting.
Wisdom: Ask God to give your children spiritual wisdom to make godly decisions.
Know him better: Ask God to grow your children deep in knowledge and love for Christ.
Future Hope: Pray that sons and daughters live today with eternity in mind.
Glorious Inheritance: Thank God for the eternal inheritance he has in store for our kids. Pray for eternity together.
Great power: Ask God to give your children power from the Holy Spirit to live obediently.
Strength: Ask the Holy Spirit to provide strength for your kids to resist temptation.
Established in love: Pray that each child demonstrates a 1 Corinthians 13 love.
Grasp the love of Christ: Pray that your children know and live in the freedom of the unconditional love of Jesus.
These are meaningful requests and provide a powerful prayer for parents. You might even want to pray these things for yourself … just a thought.