1. Pray that your child will know Jesus as Savior and Lord.
Galatians 2:20 (ESV)
I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
Philippians 4:13 (NIV)
I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
2. Pray that your child will be focused on Jesus.
Psalm 40:8 (NIV)
I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.”
Deuteronomy 4:29 (NIV)
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
3. Pray that your child will be submissive to God.
James 4:7 (NIV)
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
1 Peter 5:6 (NIV)
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
4. Pray your child will cling to what is right and hate sin.
Psalm 97:10 (NIV)Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 51:10 (ESV)
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.Philippians 4:8 (ESV)
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
5. Pray that your child has responsibility and wisdom.
1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Daniel 6:3 (NIV)
Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
Proverbs 1:7 (NIV)
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
6. Pray that your child will be protected emotionally, spiritually, and physically from all things evil.
Titus 1:15-16 (NIV)
To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted. They claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good.Ephesians 6:11 (NIV)
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.John 17:5 (NIV)
And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (NIV)
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NIV)
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Samuel 22:3-4 (NIV)
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield[a] and the hornof my salvation.
He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior—
from violent people you save me.
“I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
and have been saved from my enemies.
7. Pray that your child will desire the right kind of friendships and that they will be protected from the wrong associations.
1 Corinthians 15:33 (NIV)
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”Proverbs 1:10-15 (NIV)
My son, if sinful men entice you,
do not give in to them.
If they say, “Come along with us;
let’s lie in wait for innocent blood,
let’s ambush some harmless soul;
let’s swallow them alive, like the grave,
and whole, like those who go down to the pit;
we will get all sorts of valuable things
and fill our houses with plunder;
cast lots with us;
we will all share the loot”—
my son, do not go along with them,
do not set foot on their paths;
8. Pray that your child respects authority.
Romans 13:1 (NIV)
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Ephesians 6:1-3 (ESV)
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”
9. Pray that your child and their future spouse will stay pure for their marriage.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 (ESV)
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin[a] a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.1 Corinthians 10:13 (ESV)
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.Matthew 5:8 (ESV)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.Hebrews 13:4 (ESV)
Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous.
10. Pray that your child's actions are unselfish.
Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed
Acts 20:35 (NIV)
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
11. Pray that your child has gratitude.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Chronicles 16:34 (NIV)
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
1 Timothy 4:4-5 (NIV)
For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer.
12. Pray that your child will be filled with hope.
Romans 15:13 (NIV)
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)
And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Psalm 71:14 (NIV)
As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.
- Know Jesus as Savior and Lord
- Be focused on Jesus
- Submit to God
- Do what is right and hate sin
- Have responsibility and wisdom
- Be protected
- Desire the right kind of friendships
- Respects authority
- Stay pure for marriage
- Is unselfish
- Has gratitude
- Is filled with hope
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