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5 Verses We Pray Over Our Children

The practice of prayer takes time. If you are trying to make prayer over your children a consistent habit, one of the best places to start is by praying the Word of God over them. Here are five verses that you can use to start shaping their lives for eternity.

For our family, prayer is something that is a very high priority. We love having an ongoing dialogue with God all day and equally love the ability to pray for all of God’s people – especially our children. We love praying for God to show them who He created them to be, for their well being, for their future spouse, and anything else you can imagine. The Scripture that fuels our love for prayer is found in Philippians 4:6-7:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

We love how Philippians 4:6-7 challenges us to form the habit of praying instead of worrying. We also love how the verse gives us the promise of peace that will guard our heart and mind. This excites us and continues to remind us of the importance of praying, even when we don’t feel like doing it.

5 Verses We Pray Over Our Children

Today we are going share with you 5 verses (of many) we use to pray over our children. We hope that these verses will help a family who may need to refuel their passion for prayer along with speaking life over their children!

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

We use this verse to pray for and confess over our children’s lives so they will learn to trust and rely on God instead of their circumstances. In our 15+ year journey of being parents, it has been amazing watching our children each find their own, unique relationship with God. We will continue to pray and confess this over them until we depart from this earth.

Psalm 19:14

May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

We are committed to training our children to learn to speak life-giving words over their circumstances. We are so committed to this cause that we began a book series, Learning to Speak Life, in order to carry this message into the hearts of parents all over the world. Psalm 19:14 is a key verse to remind us that when we speak, we should first be sure that our words line up with God’s Word, which ultimately is His will.

1 Peter 2:9

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

We love praying this verse over our children because we believe it is a key component to them identifying who the are in Christ. It is our belief that in order to become who God created you to be, you have to know your worth and value in His eyes – not the eyes of the world. We have watched our children, specifically our 15-year-old daughter, walking in this truth. It is heart-warming to watch God’s Word at work in the lives of our children and see them choose Him for themselves.

Psalm 30:5

For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

We use this verse to pray specifically that our children choose to find joy regardless of how they are feeling and what they are facing in life. We know how difficult it is to choose joy when things around you seem to be falling apart. We also know the victory that we have in Christ and the ability He has given us to choose His joy instead of pain. While this is something we have to work on daily, we are confident that our children have great insight in this area simply because we pray and speak God’s Word over them.

Romans 15:5-6

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is a key verse we pray and confess over our children for healthy relationships in their lives. From family relationships to friendships to their future spouse – we believe the truth and wisdom contained in Romans 15:5-6 is key to any Christ-focused relationship. We have also aim to apply this truth in our marriage as we continually seek to fulfill our wedding vows to one another, something we do not take lightly.

All-in-all we have identified many verses over the years that we continue to pray over our children, family, and world. We are true believers that God’s Word is powerful and hold fast to the promises we find in the Bible. We are thankful that God has given His children authority to speak His Word over our circumstances and declare the victory that we have through Christ Jesus!


Mike & Carlie Kercheval


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