Four Resources to Pray for Your Child


Four Resources to Pray for Your Child

Back-to-school season is now in full swing. For some in our church and community, this marks the return to a familiar routine of packed lunches, early wake-up calls, and carpool lines. For others, this fall brings a new independence for little ones as they enter preschool or kindergarten for the first time. And for yet others with babies or toddlers, the daily grind of diaper bags, sippy cups, and goldfish crackers continues unchanged.

The changing of seasons brings newness and even at times anxiety. As parents, we’re tempted to fret about our children’s emotional or physical wellbeing, and we wrestle with real concerns for their safety and spiritual sensitivity.

In this time of transition, I’ve been reminded afresh of the crucial necessity of praying for our children. Sometimes this looks like praying for wisdom for them as they navigate new situations on their own. Sometimes it looks like praying for a tender heart when we’re called to correct them.

In my own life, I’ve often found it helpful to have a Scripture-based guide to help me along as I pray. Here are a few worth checking out:

5 Things to Pray for Your Kids by Melissa B Kruger. This is a relatively new guide that I’m looking forward to using. It’s simple and straightforward.

The One Year Praying through the Bible For Your Kids by Nancy Guthrie. I have a copy of this one on my shelf and appreciate how easy it is to simply flip to the page for today and then pray. I’ve written more about this resource here.

Setting Their Hope in God by Andrew Case. This is another great collection of prayers drawn from the Bible.

Prayers Drawn From Scripture For Your Children by Beth Moore. I’m currently using a well-worn copy of this list that I picked up at a conference last fall where the author was interviewed. Free to download (no email signup required) and featuring short prayers, I’ve absolutely loved using this as a guide.

May each of us be encouraged as we bring our kids to the Lord in prayer, reminded that we don’t parent alone.

- Courtney Harris