Praying Scriptural Blessings Into The Lives Of Your Children
 By Kim Butts

    Our children are facing difficult circumstances daily. No matter what culture they are living in, there are always pressures and temptations to do the wrong things. As parents, we can teach, by our example and our words, what is right. Yet even children who know Christ face struggles that pull them away from doing "the right thing."

    How do we protect them from the lure of the path that looks good, and help them instead to walk on the path that IS good? We must pray diligently for them! Daily, fervent prayer is the only way to hedge in our precious children and keep them from the traps the enemy is constantly setting up for them. Stormie Omartian, author of The Power of A Praying Parent, says, "Whenever you pray for your child, do it as if you are interceding for his or her life – because that is exactly what you are doing. Remember that while God has a perfect plan for our children’s lives, Satan has a plan for them too. Satan’s plan is to destroy them, and he will try to use any means possible to do so: drugs, sex, alcohol, rebellion, accidents, disease. But he won’t be able to successfully use any of those things if his power has been dissipated by prayer."

    Children today need strength of character prayed into their lives. Most of us are familiar with the passage in Ephesians 6:10-18 about the armor of God. Consider this fact: every piece of armor is defensive except one: the sword – which is the Word of God. The Word gives us the power to go on the offensive against the enemy. Jesus used the Word to fight Satan when He was being tempted in the desert. If this is the example of Jesus, shouldn’t it be ours also? Omartian says, "The battle for our children’s lives is waged on our knees. When we don’t pray, it’s like sitting on the sidelines watching our children in a war zone getting shot at from every angle. When we do pray, we’re in the battle alongside them, appropriating God’s power on their behalf. If we also declare the Word of God in our prayers, then we wield a powerful weapon against which no enemy can prevail." When my children are being attacked, I do not want to spend my time worrying – I want to spend it praying on their behalf!

    One way to pray effectively for our children, no matter what age they are (adult children need prayer just as much as small children), is to pray Scriptural blessings into their lives. Focusing on the positive promises of God is so much more powerful than focusing on the problems of life. I try to pray the wonderful blessings of God’s life-transforming Word into my children’s lives on a daily, consistent basis. A powerful way to do this is to insert your child’s name into the Scripture, personalizing it to his or her life and/or situation. You can also change the words as you speak directly to God, making your petition a direct request.

    As often as possible, pray blessings upon your children or grandchildren in their presence. I place my hand on my youngest son each night and pray, "David, may the Lord bless and keep you. May He make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; may the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:24-26). David is 15 years old, and if I forget to bless him each night, he reminds me! I also pray this blessing for him when he is away: "Father, please bless and keep David. Make Your precious face shine upon him and be gracious to him; turn Your face to him and give him peace." Now I am speaking directly to God on my child’s behalf.

    Blessing children at night is a wonderful practice because you have the opportunity to close out the day in a positive, precious way. Your child will go to sleep with the last words he or she hears being right from the Word of God. However, you may bless your child any time – even if they are not physically present. The blessings of God will affect our children in powerful ways, as the Holy Spirit teaches and instructs.

    Consider the following Scriptural blessings from the New Testament for your children or grandchildren and pray in faith that the Holy Spirit will do a mighty thing as you pray God’s Word into their lives. (I will personalize the first one for you):

    Romans 15:13 – "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." OR – God of Hope, may You fill my son/daughter, __________, with all joy and peace as he/she trusts in You, so that he/she may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

   Ephesians 1:16-19 – "I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that...the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…"

   Ephesians 3:14-19 – "I kneel before the Father...I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

   Philippians 1:3-6 – "I thank God every time I remember you. In all my prayers...I always pray with joy...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

   Philippians 1:9-10 – "And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ – to the glory and praise of God."

   Colossians 4:2, 5-6 – "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful… Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."

   1 Thessalonians 3:12-13 – "May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones."

   1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 – "May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it."

    2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 – "We constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ."

    2 Thessalonians 3:5, 16 – "May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance…Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you."

    2 Timothy 2:1 – "You then, my son (daughter), be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus."

    Philemon 6 – "I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ."

    Hebrews 13:20-21 – "May the God of peace...equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."

    1 Peter 5:10 – "And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen."

   Now you have a good idea of how to pray Scriptures into the lives of your children and/or grandchildren. You can take hundreds and thousands of Scriptures, not just blessings, and pray that God will impact your child’s life in a positive, powerful way. For example, I am going to share a specific Scripture that I am praying daily into the life of my teenager. I have shown it to him, and on occasion, I pray it in his presence. It is my desire as a parent that my child becomes all that the Lord wants him to be. With the pressures of today, I want to pray for the integrity of Christ to guide every aspect of his life:

   1 Timothy 4:12 – "Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity." Here is an example of how you can pray this prayer:

    Father, please don’t let people look down on my son/daughter because of his/her age. Help him/her to set an example for believers and unbelievers alike. Help him/her to stand firm in his/her faith and stand up for what is right in every area of his/her life. Help him/her to be a godly example in his/her speech. May the words which come out of his/her mouth honor You and point others to the eternal life that only You can offer. May his/her life be lived in such a way that others see Christ in his/her every action. Lord, may Your love flow from my son/daughter so that others are ministered to in the power of Your Holy Spirit. May his/her faith be so strong that it can never be shaken. Help him/her to believe in Your ability to take care of him/her in every circumstance of life. Oh Lord, may my child be an example in his/her culture that true love comes only from You. May he/she be pure in his/her relationships, knowing that Your way is always best. Help my son/daughter to be sexually pure as a gift to his/her future spouse. Most of all, Lord, may You be at work in a powerful way in my child’s life so that You will receive honor and glory because of the way this life is lived!

   As you begin to pray the Word for your children or grandchildren, remember that Jesus Christ is our example. He said, "If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be given you" (John 15:7). I believe that this is the Lord’s mandate to us to pray Scripture into the lives of others. When we remain in Him and His holy, precious Word remains in us, He will answer our prayers as we pray His desires for our children! May God do mighty things in response to your faithful prayers!