Wondering what Bible verses to pray over your child? Here are 30 verses to confidently lift your child up to our Heavenly Father. These scriptures are perfect for teenagers, younger kids and even your adult son or daughter.

How do you pray scripture over your child?

Keep it simple and don’t make prayer hard!

I don’t know about you but I tend to overthink prayer and make it way too hard. But, friend, it’s been freeing to learn that prayer doesn’t have to be hard.

Prayers don’t have to be long and eloquent, unless we want them to be. God knows your heart!

The most important part of praying over your child is the act of lifting them up to our Heavenly Father and releasing them into His loving care.

Insert your child’s name into the Bible verse as you pray it over them.

Yes it can be that simple, friend! I told you prayer doesn’t need to be hard!

Let’s dive into Deuteronomy 31:6 and pray God’s presence over your child.

The verse says, Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When you insert your child’s name into the scripture you could say something like this:

Father God, I lift (your child’s name) up to you. Help him to be strong and courageous. Help him not to be afraid or terrified. May (your child’s name) always know that you are with him and that you will never leave him or forsake him

There’s not a hard and fast rule in praying scripture over your child. Let the Holy Spirit guide you in your conversation with the Lord.

Use the Praying Scripture Over Your Child Guide

The Praying Scripture Over Your Child Guide has 30 bible verses and prayers to equip you during prayer time.

Make your prayer time easier with guided prayers and accompanying Bible verses to pray over your child.

Use the prayer cards on-the-go or around your house.

And if you’re a mom that likes to journal your prayers you’ll enjoy the journaling pages.

There’s also a checklist to keep you on track.

30 Verses To Pray Over Your Child When You’re Unsure What To Pray

1. God’s Presence – Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

2. Self Worth – Psalm 139:13-15

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

3. Friendships – Proverbs 13:20

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.

4. Salvation – Romans 10:13 and Ezekiel 36:26

for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13

I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. – Ezekiel 36:26

5. Anxiety – Philippians 4:6 and 2 Timothy 1:7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. – 2 Timothy 1:7

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6. Confidence – Philippians 4:13

I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

7. To Forgive Others – Ephesians 4:32

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

8. ACADEMIC/WORK SUCCESS – Colossians 3:17, 23

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,

9. Unity with Siblings – 1 Peter 3:8-9

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 

10. Love for the Lord – Exodus 20:3 and Matthew 22:37

“You shall have no other gods before me. – Exodus 20:3

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ – Matthew 22:37

11. God’s Favor – Psalm 84:11

For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

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12. Love for God’s Word – Joshua 1:8

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

13. A Good Character – Galatians 5:22-23

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

14. Conviction of Sins – Proverbs 28:13

Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

15. Joy & Peace – Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

16. To Desire God’s Approval over Others – Galatians 1:10 and Colossians 3:17

Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. – Galatians 1:10

And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. – Colossians 3:17

17. To Trust God – Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight

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18. Wisdom – James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

19. A Thankful Heart – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 and Psalm 9:1

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. – Psalm 9:1

20. God’s Guidance – Psalm 32:8

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

21. To Be A Bold Witness – Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

22. To Have God’s Power – Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

23. PURITY – 1 Thessalonians 4:7 and Psalm 51:10

For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. – 1 Thessalonians 4:7

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10

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24. To Seek The Lord – Jeremiah 29:13

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

25. Strength & Courage – Joshua 1:9 and Ephesians 6:10-11

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:10-11

26. To Obey God – Luke 11:28 and James 4:7

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:28

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. – James 4:7

27. To Manage Anger – Ephesians 4L26 and James 1:19-20

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, – Ephesians 4:26

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:19-20

28. Safety & Protection – Psalm 91:4, 11-12

He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

29. Guidance for Future Plans – Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, 

30. To Listen to the Lord – Proverbs 4:20-22 and Isaiah 30:21

My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body. – Proverbs 4:20-22

Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21

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