One of the greatest ways we can show our love for a person is by praying for them.
Our prayers are invaluable. Our prayers cost us our precious time. Our prayers reach across the temporary and into the eternal realm as we boldly approach the Throne Room of Almighty God and pour out our hearts on behalf of our loved ones.
This month I decided to do something different. Instead of using the Precious in HIS Sight Scripture Prayer Calendar–join me as we pray for our children (and grandchildren) the following 31 Biblical Virtues. On the 1st day of the month pray #1 and so forth…on February #28 pray through to #31.
LET US PRAY. GOD IS LISTENING.
1. Salvation. “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they receive the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Isaiah 45:8, 2 Timothy 2:10).
2. Grow in Grace. “I pray my children grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).
3. Love. “Lord, may my children learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit living in them” (Galatians 5:25, Ephesians 5:2).
4. Honesty and Integrity. “May integrity and honesty be my children’s virtue and their protection” (Psalm 25:21).
5. Self-control. “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do” (I Thessalonians 5:6).
6. Love God’s Word. “May my children find Your Word more precious than gold and sweeter than honey” (Psalm 19:10).
7. Justice. “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do” (Psalm 11:7, Micah 6:8).
8. Mercy. “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
9. Respect (for self, others, authority). “Father, grant that my children show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands” (1 Peter 2:17).
10. Biblical self-esteem. “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the truth that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:10).
11. Faithfulness. “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, may they wear them like a necklace, write love and faithfulness deep within their hearts” (Provervs 3:3).
12. Courage. “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
13. Purity. “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions” (Psalm 51:10).
14. Kindness. “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (I Thessalonians 6:18-19).
15. Generosity. “Grant that my children be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age” (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
16. Peace-loving. “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Romans 14:19).
17. Joy. “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 1:6).
18. Perseverance (not give up). “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them” (Hebrews 12:1).
19. Humility. “God, develop in my children gentleness and true humility toward all people” (Titus 3:2).
20. Compassion. “Lord, clothe my children with compassion, may they truly care for people” (Colossians 3:12).
21. Responsible. “God, help my children be responsible; may they learn what they should do and do it” (Galatians 6:5).
22. Contentment. “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Jesus who gives them strength” (Philippians 4:12-13).
23. Faith. “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that they live a life of faith, so they please their Father” (Luke 17:5-6, Hebrews 11:1-40).
24. Servant’s Heart. “God, help my children develop the heart of a servant that they serve with their whole heart, as they serve the Lord and not men” (Ephesians 6:7).
25. Hope. “May the God of hope grant that my children overflow with hope by the Holy Spirit’s power” (Romans 15:13).
26. Willingness and Ability to Work. “Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work hard and cheerfully, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
27. Passion for God. “Lord, give my children a soul that follows You close (‘follows hard after You’–KJV), a heart that clings passionately to you” (Psalm 63:8).
28. Self-discipline. “Father, I pray my children be disciplined and do what is right and just and fair” (Proverbs 1:3).
29. Pray. “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives be consistent in prayer, that they learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Ephesians 6:18).
30. Thankful. “Help my children live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20, Colossians 2:7).
31. Heart for Missions. “Lord, help my children develop a desire to see Your glory, Your Name, Your marvelous deeds declared among the nations around the world” (Psalm 96:3).
Dads and moms, I encourage you as always with the God Words in James 5:16b, “The prayer of a righteous person (dad/mom) is powerful and effective.”
And let me add, if you have children at home (toddler to teen) “train up a child in the way they should go…” (see Proverbs 22:6) and don’t give up…keep training them…keep praying for them…and expect God to do the amazing in their lives.
Our God is able to do more than we ask, think, or even imagine (see Ephesians 3:20-21). To God be the glory!
I printed the Virtue Prayers and put the list in my Bible. CLICK HERE TO EASILY PRINT YOUR “31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Our Children”.
*Adapted from “31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids” by Bob Hostetler