50 One-Liners to Pray for the Children
Prayer offsets the
effects of stress.
— Clay Routledge, Ph.D., Psychologist
There are times when thoughts about the children are followed by the option to worry or to pray.
It may be during an illness when the doctor advises to wait and see. It may be a long separation from a child who is traveling alone for the first time. It may be just an anxious thought crossing the parent’s mind. Rather than worry, prayer is the proven thing to do.
Many parents who believe in the power of prayer also believe in the truth of the Scriptures. When they pray the Scriptures, they are in essence speaking their agreement with the Written Word concerning what God decrees. Plus, when the children’s needs come to mind during the hustle and bustle of the day, there may just enough time for one powerful prayer line from the Scriptures.
That they will have wisdom and good judgment (Proverbs 16:16)
Suggested Use of the One-liner Prayers
The following 50 lines (extracted from the New Living Translation) are grouped in 7 categories which are commonly mentioned in a parent’s prayer at various stages of the children’s lives.
- Should parents carry the printed lines, they will most likely pray several different prayers for the children at different times throughout the day: while waiting in the doctor’s office, while riding on the bus, or while waiting for the traffic jam to clear.
- Also, in a parents' prayer group, the one-liners can be helpful in assigning parents to make different requests on behalf of the children. They are by no means exhaustive, so other lines may be added.
Without a multitude of words, a simple prayer can be very effective:
- Start with your preferred way to address God for example, “Heavenly Father” or “Gracious God”;
- Continue with “I pray” and complete your prayer with the selected one-liner;
- Substitute the children’s names for the pronouns.
Parents never have to be bored or idle when a spare moment can be used to pray one-liners for the children.
For Physical and Mental Health
(1) That they be healthy in body and strong in spirit (3 John 1:2);
(2) That God fills their hearts with joy (Psalm 28:7);
(3) That they experience God’s extraordinary peace (Philippians 4:7);
(4) That they focus on what is true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable (Philippians 4:8);
(5) That the Lord protects them from all sickness (Deuteronomy 7:15);
(6) That God forgives their sins and heals their diseases (Psalm103:3);
(7) That they treat their bodies respectfully as they would the temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20).
For Spiritual Growth
(8) That God gives them spiritual wisdom and insight (Ephesians 1: 17);
(9) That they understand the meaning of God’s commandments, and meditate on His wonderful deeds (Psalm 119:27;
(10) That they place their faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22);
(11) That they be earnest and disciplined in their prayers (1 Peter 4:7);
(12) That the Holy Spirit produce in their lives, the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5: 22, 23);
(13) That when their faith is tested, their endurance develops (James 1: 3,4);
(14) That their roots grow down into God’s love and keep them strong (Ephesians 3:17).
For Intellectual Development
That they are ready to learn (Proverbs 18:15)
(15) That the breath of the Almighty within them makes them intelligent (Job 32:8);
(16) That they are intelligent and ready to learn (Proverbs 18:15);
(17) That they be gifted with knowledge and good judgment (Daniel 1:4);
(18) That they gain unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom (Daniel 1:17);
(19) That they learn to analyze and interpret things (Ecclesiastes 8:1);
(20) That obedience to God’s instructions makes them more insightful than their teachers and wiser than their elders (Psalm 119: 99,100);
(21) That instead of rejoicing in their wisdom, they rejoice in their knowledge of God (Jeremiah 9:23).
For Social Development
(22) That they find favor with both God and people, and earn a good reputation (Proverbs 3:4);
(23) That everything they say be good, helpful, and encouraging to those who hear them (Ephesians 4:29);
(24) That they do not compromise with evil (Psalm 119:3);
(25) That they be wiser than their enemies (Psalm 119:98);
(26) That they use the gifts God has given them to help others (1Peter 4: 10);
(27) That they run from anything that stimulates lust and enjoy companionship with individuals who want to live wisely (2 Timothy 2:2);
(28) That their hard work brings them prosperity (Proverbs 13:4).
For Everyday Protection
That God keeps them safe from . . . violence (Psalm 72:14)
(29) That God orders His angels to protect them wherever they go (Psalm 91:11);
(30) That no weapon formed against them succeeds (Isaiah 54:17);
(31) That God keeps them safe from oppression and violence (Psalm 72:14);
(32) That He fights on their behalf against their enemies (Deuteronomy 20:4);
(33) That God sabotages curses against them and turn them into blessings instead (Numbers 23:11);
(34) That He shelters them in His presence from conspiracy and from accusing tongues (Psalm 31:20);
(35) That they call on God whenever they are in trouble, and He answers them (Psalm 91:15).
For Successful Careers
(36) That they seek God’s will and let Him show them the path they should take (Proverbs 3:6);
(37) That whatever their jobs, they perform with the attitude that they are working for God (Colossians 3:23);
(38) That they excel as craftsmen in the skills God has given them (Exodus 35:35);
(39) That they protect their employer’s interests and be rewarded (Proverbs 27:18);
(40) That their hard work puts them into leadership positions (Proverbs 12:24);
(41) That good things result from their generosity and fair business practices (Psalms 112:5);
(42) That they remember the Lord their God who gives them power to be successful (Deuteronomy 8:18).
For Their Future in General
Specific Prayer for the Children
When you pray specifically concerning the children, which of these areas do you mention most often?
(43) That they will trust God to keep them safe and make them prosperous (Psalm 37:3);
(44) That they will walk upright and be successful in everything they do (Joshua 1:7);
(45) That the way they live will always please the Lord and honor him (Colossians 1:10);
(46) That even when they stumble, they will not fall but let God hold their hands (Psalm 37:24);
(47) That they will always do good and kind things for others, while learning to know God better and better (Ibid.);
(48) That they will have good health to enjoy the wealth they get from God (Ecclesiastes 5:19);
(49) That God will keep them strong till the end (1 Corinthians 1:8);
(50) That He will reward them with long life and salvation (Psalm 91:16).
Routledge Ph.D., Clay: Psychology Today, 5 Scientifically Supported Benefits of Prayer (6/23/2014)
© 2015 Dora Isaac Weithers