31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children
Praying Beyond Protection and Blessing
by Bob Hostetler
This is a note from Bob: For years, like any responsible Christian parent, I prayed daily for my two children, Aubrey and Aaron. I prayed for God’s blessing and protection throughout their days. I prayed for them to be happy. I asked God to help them through difficult times and to help them make wise choices. My prayers were regular, heartfelt, and-for the most part-pedestrian. I wanted so much for my children. But when I knelt in prayer, I invariably found the same tired words rolling from my lips.
Following is Bob’s list, along with suggestions from Scripture. Feel free to duplicate it-or improve upon it-to help you pray specifically and purposefully for your own children.
Day 1-Salvation “Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory” (Is. 45:8, 2 Tim. 2:10).
Day 2-Growth in grace “I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:18).
Day 3-Love “Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them” (Eph. 5:2, Gal. 5:25).
Day 4-Honesty and integrity “May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection” (Ps. 25:21).
Day 5-Self-control “Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do” (1 Thess. 5:6).
Day 6-Love for God’s Word “May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb” (Ps. 19:10).
Day 7-Justice “God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do” (Ps. 11:7, Mic. 6:8).
Day 8-Mercy “May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36).
Day 9-Respect (for self, others, authority) “Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your Word commands” (1 Pet. 2:17).
Day 10-Biblical self-esteem “Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:10).
Day 11-Faithfulness “Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts” (Prov. 3:3).
Day 12-Courage “May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions” (Duet. 31:6).
Day 13-Purity “Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions” (Ps. 51:10).
Day 14-Kindness “Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else” (1 Thess. 5:15).
Day 15-Generosity “Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age” (1 Tim. 6:18-19).
Day 16-Peace-loving “Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace” (Rom. 14:19).
Day 17-Joy “May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess. 1:6).
Day 18-Perseverance “Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them” (Heb. 12:1).
Day 19-Humility “God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all” (Titus 3:2).
Day 20-Compassion “Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion” (Col. 3:12).
Day 21-Responsibility “Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load” (Gal. 6:5).
Day 22-Contentment “Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength” (Phil. 4:12-13).
Day 23-Faith “I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them” (Luke 17:5-6, Heb. 11:1-40).
Day 24-A servant’s heart “God, please help my children develop servants’ hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men” (Eph. 6:7).
Day 25-Hope “May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Rom. 15:13).
Day 26-Willingness and ability to work “Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord, not for men” (Col. 3:23).
Day 27-Passion for God “Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee’ (Ps. 63:8, KJV), one that clings passionately to you.”
Day 28-Self-discipline “Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair” (Prov. 1:3).
Day 29-Prayerfulness “Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (Eph. 6:18).
Day 30-Gratitude “Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20, Col. 2:7).
Day 31-A heart for missions “Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples” (Ps. 96:3).