Praying a Life Verse for Your Child

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I’m an overthinker, so when I decided to pick a verse to pray for my children, it sort of stressed me out. There are so many great Scriptures, how would I choose?  Do I pray a different one for each kid or just pick one for both? Should I pick a verse, passage, or even chapter?

Though I don’t allow my kids to use the “s” word, I realized I needed to KISS . . . Keep It Simple, Stupid!

So, I began to pray for God to show me what verse He wanted me to pray for my kids . . . something short and sweet and easy to remember when mommy brain fog is in full force!

A couple of months later, I was reading in Matthew and 22:35-42 stood out to me –

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

Jesus replied:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it:
‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Hmm . . . loving God and loving others. Jesus, of course, is right that everything else falls under two things. So, it occurred to me, what more could I want for my kids?! 

I decided to reword it as my prayer for my kids’ lives in this way –

Heavenly Father,
Please help my children to
love You with all their heart, soul, and mind
and to love their neighbor as themselves . . .
especially each other.
Amen

I added that last line because my heart’s desire is that they also greatly value their sibling relationship (their closest neighbor!) and treat each other with that in mind.

Do I pray this every day? No, it’s not something I ever want to become ritualistic. But it’s an overarching principle I can go back to as I pray for them, generally and specifically. And, on those days when I can’t string two coherent thoughts together (you know those days!), I can still at least remember this!

Do you have a verse or verses you pray regularly for your kid(s)? I’d love to hear your pick!

If not, consider giving this priceless gift. Pray for God to reveal what Scripture(s) you should use and feel free to use mine, if He so leads. Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments gives more ideas on praying Scripture for your child on pages 236–239.

Kara Durbin

Kara Durbin
Kara Durbin is the author of Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments and has enjoyed continually serving in various roles of children’s ministries for over 20 years. She has a degree in elementary education from Texas A&M University and homeschools her children part-time through a University Model School. Kara, her husband, their daughter…
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