I believe in the importance of Praying God’s Word For Your Family Today, and I want to share how you can do this starting now.
Through the years I’ve seen how important it is to pray God’s Word over and for my children. I’ve also watched how God moved in my kid’s hearts and lives when I shared the Scriptures with them. That’s why I’ve made it a priority to read through the Bible each year and journal what God speaks to my heart through His Word.
This is an example of how I read Scripture and then pray for my child:
“I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.” Psalm 4:8
Lord, I am so thankful that you always watch over my child, even when she lies down in sleep. May my child always sleep peacefully with knowledge of your care.
So many times I find myself praying for the same things for my children
That they are healthy.
That they are obedient.
The other day I was reading the Bible, and I came upon Philippians 1:9-11:
I pray that your love will overflow more and more,
and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.
For I want you to understand what really matters,
so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.
May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—
the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—
for this will bring much glory and praise to God. (NLT)
As I read it I thought: This is a perfect Scripture to pray for my kids.
How to Pray for Your Child Each Day
Sunday: Pray for love that overflows
Lord, may the love of _______ increase and overflow for those in our family and for everyone else. (1 Thessalonians 3:12)
Monday: Pray for growth in knowledge
Lord, may _______ grow to love your Word. May the heart of _______ trust your commands. May _______ seek good judgment. Fill _______ with the knowledge of your will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives. (Psalm 119:66, Colossians 1:9)
Tuesday: Pray for understanding of what really matters
Lord, may _______ know your will and understand what is right because of your law. May _______ not copy the behavior and customs of this world, but be transformed into a new person through changed thoughts and through knowing your perfect and pleasing will. (Romans 2:18, Romans 12:2)
Wednesday: Pray for a pure and blameless life
Lord, may _______ keep firm in their faith, staying pure and blameless, until the end. May the good work you started in _______ carry on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. May _______ hold firmly to the word of life, so life’s labor will not be in vain. (1 Corinthians 1:8, Philippians 1:6, Philippians 2:6)
Thursday: Pray for the fruit of salvation
Lord, may _______ be like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. May _______ delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. And because of your word planted deep, may whatever _______ do prosper. (Psalm 1:2-3)
Friday: Pray for righteous character and for a life in Jesus
Lord, may _____ be a peacemaker who sows in peace and reaps a harvest of righteousness. Lord, may your name be honored because of the life of _______. I know this is only possible because of your grace. May love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control flow of the life of _______ because of your spirit within. (James 3:18 2 Thessalonians 1:12, Galatians 5:22-23)
Saturday: Pray for glory and praise to God
Lord, may _______ produce much fruit so that you may be glorified. May the life of _______ be for your praise and glory, because of hope put in you. (John 15:8, Ephesians 1:14)
As parents, it’s important to pray for our kids, and I’m so thankful that God has given us His Word as a foundation to do just that!
I have created a free PDF for you on How to Pray For Your Child Each Day
Now, more than ever, it’s so important to pray for our families and to teach them God’s Word and to apply His will to their lives.
My book Praying Through The Bible in One Year allows you to do both!
Praying Through the Bible in One Year is a Scripture Reading Plan and Guided Journal in one. This book helps you read and apply God’s Word to your life. My desire is for this journal to guide you as you seek God and His truth.
It’s divided into three parts:
1. A Scripture Reading Plan. This plan takes you from Genesis to Revelation. Reading four or five chapters a day, you’ll read through the whole Bible in one year! Each week has five days of reading, leaving the weekends for catch up.
2. A Daily Scripture. Pause on these verses, read them closely, and consider how they can impact your prayers for your kids.
3. A Prayer Prompt. Through these prompts, you’ll focus on ways you can pray for your kids. Blank space is provided for you to continue the prayer or to write down other meaningful Scriptures that you read during the day’s reading.
Leave a Legacy
Second, I created a free course to help you master the skill of journaling through the Bible to create a Legacy Bible for your own children.
Join me as I guide you in sharing God’s Word with your children or grandchildren through the pages of your own journaling Bible. Through this free, 6-week course you’ll discover how to share your own personal reflections through the pages of God’s Word.
It’s such a meaningful way to pass on heartfelt prayers alongside your favorite Scripture passages, leaving a heritage of faith. Each journal entry will be a treasured gift to future generations.
Great Resources for Creating a Legacy Bible:
Worth The Effort
Finally, I want to encourage you not to give up! Praying Through the Bible in a Year isn’t dated because I know how much pressure that can bring. Life happens. If you get off track one week, just pick up again the next week.
God is more concerned with your desire to read His Word and connect with His heart than He is with your ability to complete a weekly task. This is your journal concerning your prayers for your kids. If it takes you two years to read through the Bible, that will be wonderful! Know your efforts, whether over one year or two or more, will be worth it.
I pray that with all these resources you can pray God’s Word for your family today!