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5 Prayers Every Mother Should Pray For Her Children

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Shortly after the birth of our first child, I kept a detailed prayer book for her.  I penned long prayers for God’s guidance and provision in her life.  I prayed she would have a tender heart and a deep desire to walk closely with the Lord.  I was faithful in prayer and lifted her before the Lord daily.

Somewhere around her third birthday, everything changed.  We were blessed to discover that we were expecting our second child, and somehow, my prayers began to lack focus.  The nausea and exhaustion of the pregnancy shifted my eyes away from focused prayer, and I prayed sporadically instead of daily. 

When our son finally came into the world, my prayer life was lacking, to say the least.  Life with two young children required all of my energy and focus, and I struggled to pray for them regularly.  What was once such a high priority was faltering.

Our son was a few months old when I decided I needed to make focused prayer for my family a high priority once again.  I found a picture board and placed it on a wall I looked at every morning.  I wrote the names of my husband and two children on a piece of paper and taped it to the wall.  I vowed to pray daily.

While the visual reminder was helpful, I found that my prayers often lacked focus and direction.  It was too easy to cover them with the standard, “Lord, please be with each of my loved ones today,” and move on with my day.  In this season of searching, I decided to post several Scriptural truths from the third chapter of Ephesians on the wall and pray these over my children every day.  This kind of praying revitalized my prayer life, and I cling to the promise that these words will not return empty!

5 Prayers Every Mother Should Pray For Her Children:

1. That God will grant them power through His Spirit (Ephesians 3:16)

Whether we’re praying for a teen to stand firm in the face of temptation, an adult child to persevere through the struggles of life, or a child to have the strength to step into a new social situation, we all need the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.  Praying this for our kids breaks up the ground of their hearts for the Spirit to come with power.

2. That Christ will dwell in their hearts through faith (Ephesians 3:17)

Above all else, I pray that my children will receive Christ and walk in the security of his salvation.  Praying that Christ will dwell in their hearts is one of the most powerful prayers we can pray for our kids.  It takes faith to follow Jesus, and praying for seeds of faith to grow is a life-long prayer for those we love.

3. That they will be rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17)

I want my children to live out of the overflow of God’s love in their hearts.  When they grasp his love, they are free to love others without the great fear of rejection and give without requiring anything in return.  This is true and selfless love. 

Let’s pray that our children will be grounded in this kind of radical love.

4. That they will grasp the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love (Ephesians 3:18-19)

If we sincerely grasped just how much Christ loves us, it would change everything about the way we view the world, treat others, and perceive the trials of our lives.  His love is radically greater than we could ever fathom, and his love was made perfect at the cross. 

Let’s pray that our children will grasp the fullness of this love in deeper and deeper ways as they grow in faith.

5. That they will be filled up to the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19)

Most of us crave greater satisfaction, abundance, and fullness in our lives.  Let’s pray that our children will encounter God in such a way that he transforms the deepest parts of their hearts and brings them to a place of promised abundance.

My prayer is that these five truths will offer direction and focus as you lift your children before the throne of the Most High God.  Together, we trust that He hears these prayers and honors them.

Stacey Pardoe

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Stacey Pardoe is a mother, wife, writer, and mentor. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children, where seeking God is her greatest passion.
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  1. Maseray Sillah

    June 7, 2017 at 1:28 am

    Very.true and amen.

  2. Mary Kahoro

    May 7, 2017 at 2:02 pm


  3. Olivia Zanu

    May 7, 2017 at 1:10 am

    Awesome, I will start praying for my future children

  4. Simone Browne

    May 7, 2017 at 12:27 am

    Amen. The best prayer strategy is the word of God. Thank you.

  5. Dorcas Pomaah

    May 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

  6. Dorcas Pomaah

    May 6, 2017 at 10:23 pm

  7. Jenny Greeff

    May 6, 2017 at 7:27 pm


  8. Marlee Meneses Vasallo

    May 6, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Good read…Marquila Cabrera Freeland RJ Cabrera Carlissa Meneses Stephanie Dausman Harvey Vanessa Stripling Cabrera Shawna Rose Farina Susan Dausman Kevin Stephens Clemente Travieso Leticia Infiesta Natalia Meneses-Toledo Jacqueline Underwood Nadia Bruno

  9. Angella Radley Rueppel

    May 6, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    Anna Rueppel

  10. Nombuyiselo Phike

    May 6, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Teaching our kids to pray is the best gift we could ever give to them on this earth Amen.

  11. Brilla Joy Cosgafa

    May 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm


  12. Kellie Failor

    May 6, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Tiffany Thomson

  13. Nat Jo-Jo

    May 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm


  14. Mary Brown

    May 6, 2017 at 11:45 am

    A Good single man should add me let chat..Am not here for games only Good man and responsible man should add me..

  15. Mary Brown

    May 6, 2017 at 11:43 am

    A Good single man should add me let chat..Am not here for games only Good man and responsible man should add me..

  16. Otsanya Onmonya Comfort

    May 6, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Oh yes

  17. Rowena Sanchez

    May 6, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Morning prayer asking for powers to do routines and guidance while working..evening prayer thanking God for his blessing ..he gives us strenght to do mission for our family..thank Lord God …

  18. Prossy Senyange

    May 6, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Amen ma children shall know de Lord n walk after His foot steps it’s possible if we desire a gen after God z own heart.

  19. Melody Lopez

    May 6, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Jeri Hansmann

  20. Thembi Mnisi

    May 6, 2017 at 5:42 am

    True & Amen

  21. Julia Makgekgenene

    May 6, 2017 at 5:40 am

    Lord to send Hz angel to walk, sleep eat, study with them and that they be God fearing children

  22. Laxmi Rai

    May 6, 2017 at 4:42 am

    This is a great help, thank you

  23. Janie Pena

    May 6, 2017 at 4:07 am

    Thank you Jesus! Amen!

  24. Terry Daley

    May 6, 2017 at 3:55 am


  25. Paula Rogers Watson

    May 6, 2017 at 3:48 am

    Lauren Watson

  26. Samantha Schulte

    May 6, 2017 at 3:14 am

    that’s ok Chaylyn Humphreys xo God knows your exhausted with your lil new born

  27. Disorder Ordered Grace

    May 6, 2017 at 3:03 am

    Maggie Mano

  28. Ntshumeleni Maliga

    May 6, 2017 at 2:48 am

    No parent than Jesus, He knows everything ,He is a good teacher, He was from beginning b4 the earth,stars,sea&everything that in it. He is the Word. We trust you Jesus with our lives.

  29. Savanah Howard

    May 6, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Jamie Moquin

  30. Tami Silsbee-Steinmeyer

    May 6, 2017 at 2:21 am

    Hannah Lee Silsbee

  31. Donna Huaman

    May 6, 2017 at 2:15 am


  32. Rachel Emmanule

    May 6, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Sharon Jmie

  33. Gu Guu

    May 6, 2017 at 2:03 am


  34. Holly Anne Flanagan

    May 6, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Chaylyn Humphreys xo I’m reading now

    • Chaylyn Humphreys

      May 6, 2017 at 2:08 am

      Sigh, i havent been praying much at all let alone for Aldon 🙁

    • Holly Anne Flanagan

      May 6, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Think of it more like having conversations whenever and wherever you are x not scheduled x like just as you breast feed or make something to eat or going for a shower x

  35. Kathleen Shearer

    May 6, 2017 at 1:25 am

    How sweet

  36. Jennifer Wild

    May 6, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Kara Gibbons. Let’s make sure we are praying this for our children every day.

  37. Angie Clinton Neill

    May 6, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Mercedes McNally-Clinton

  38. Ida Ashton

    May 6, 2017 at 12:29 am


  39. Debra Diana Vernier

    May 6, 2017 at 12:21 am


  40. Bobbie Galloway-Folie

    May 6, 2017 at 12:15 am


  41. Mylene Mama'Orefile Josephs

    May 5, 2017 at 11:48 pm

    Mphonyana Mateta
    Matsawela Millicent Mateta

  42. Lavina Brickey Donlin

    May 5, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Becca Marquez
    Jessica Ray

  43. Rosalee Bogie-Ventura

    May 5, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    And God gives free wills so it depends on the Child too

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