Some years back a good friend shared with me seven Scripture texts that he and his wife prayed for their two daughters from the time they were infants. The girls are now grown. And it's beautiful to see how God has (and still is) answering the faithful, specific prayers of faith-filled parents in the lives of these young, godly women.
I have frequently used these prayers when praying for my children too. And I commend them to you (see below).
But, of course, prayers are not magic spells. It's not a matter of just saying the right things and our children will be blessed with success.
Some parents earnestly pray and their children become a gifted leaders or scholars or musicians or athletes. Others earnestly pray and their children develop a serious disability or disease or wander through a prodigal wilderness or just struggle more than others socially or academically or athletically. And the truth is, God is answering all these parents' prayers, but for very different purposes.
That's why Scriptures like John 9:1–3 are in the Bible. We must not too quickly assess God's purposes because they can be opposite of our perceptions. God measures success differently than we do, which is why he often answers our prayers in ways we don't expect.
So pray for your children. Jesus promises us that if we ask, seek, and knock the Father will give us good in return (Luke 11:9-13), even if the good isn't apparent for 40 years. And because Jesus regularly asked those who came to him, "What do you want me to do for you?" (Mark 10:51), we know that he wants us to be specific with our requests.
So, here are seven helpful, specific things to pray for your children:
[Read the rest of the article at Desiring God.]