31 Days of Praying the Scriptures Over your Children

31 Days of Praying the Scriptures Over Your Children

Raising kids is the hardest thing I will ever do. This past weekend confirmed that to me, over and over again. And over again.

Gosh, it’s hard. I’m constantly wondering if I’m doing it right or doing it well or if I’m completely screwing them up. We make jokes about how “our kids are going to talk to their therapist about this someday” … but then I’m like, “No really. I think they might.”

It’s a lot of pressure sometimes, right? To make sure they know everything they need to know. We’re always wondering if we’re doing enough, teaching enough, going to church enough, memorizing enough, reading the bible enough, to guarantee their outcomes. To guarantee their eternities.

That’s heavy stuff.

But here’s the gracious truth: ultimately, it’s not up to us. There’s no Perfect Family Formula we can follow to ensure Perfect Kids. True transformation only happens through Christ. We can’t manufacture what only He can do.

So what can we do? Are we helpless? Nope.

We can pray. Because even though it’s not up to us, God can absolutely use us as his vessels to pour into them his goodness and mercy and love — all the things that will draw them to Him.

Which brings us to this… I’ve been working on a project for a little while, combing through scripture to find thirty-one life-giving, shame-crushing, soul-transforming verses to pray over my children during the month of March.

Honestly, these are verses that will be a little terrifying to pray over them. I might not want them to be bold and courageous and sold-out, but God sure does. Praying these scriptures over my kids everyday will be an act of faith, that His plans for them are better than my plans, that His ways are higher than my ways.

So I would love for you to join me!

You can pray these with or without your spouse, with or without your kids, at the breakfast table, at the dinner table, over them while they sleep after bedtime. There is no right way. Each day we will pray that a certain scripture be manifested in our children. Because we know that His word is a lamp unto their feet and a light unto their path, which will be handy to have in a world that feels increasingly dark.

It would be an honor to pray alongside you. Sign up below and you’ll receive a prayer each morning of March, beginning March 1.

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That kid who went to the principal’s office for cutting another kid’s hair? Love her.

That kid who doesn’t know how to count to ten? Love her too.

That kid who peed all over the bathroom wall? Yep, even him.

That kid who cussed out the teacher? Absolutely. She needs your love so desperately.

Because here’s the thing. You might be just what they need.

I know, because I’ve been loved by you. And you were what I needed. I know what it is to be changed by you, to have my insides reconfigure because of your kindness. You’ve got it in you, this ability to infuse those around you with goodness. You can do that.

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That confident, independent woman-child told you things like, “I don’t like romance,” and, “Please don’t get me flowers. They’re such a waste of money,” and, “If you EVER (insert cheesy gesture here), I will run the other way.” I wanted you to know that you weren’t getting involved with one of those “needy” girls.

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