Every night when I pray for my children, I tend to recite the same things. I struggle with putting the words together of exactly how I want to pray. Last year, one of my kids’ teachers blessed me with bible verses. I have kept them handy when I need a bit of help from time to time.
Respect (for self, others, authority). “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands.” (from 1 Peter 2:17)
Faithfulness “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on a tablet of their hearts.” (from Proverbs 3:3)
Courage “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (from Deuteronomy 3:16)
Purity “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (from Psalm 51:10)
Love “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (from Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:2)
Self-Control “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.” (from 1 Thessalonians 5:6)
Love for God’s Word “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (from Psalm 19:10)
Kindness “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (from 1 Thessalonians 5:15)
Joy “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (from 1 Thessalonians 1:6)
Compassion “Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Colossians 3:12)
Gratitude “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (from Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 2:7)
Faith “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (from Luke 17 5-6, Hebrews 11 1-40)
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