For those of you that may be just joining us, we’re reading from For the Family, by Sylvia Gunter. You can purchase her praying for the family book on her site here
. It’s a small book that I actually carry with me everywhere I go. It’s 48 pages long and full of powerful, scripture based prayers to pray over your family. I use it every day.
Section 2 of the Praying For Children portion of the book is praying that our children will receive Jesus as their Savior. This is perhaps one of the most important prayers we’ll ever pray over our children. I love the verse Sylvia uses; it shows the importance:
I pray that my children will come to understand that You so loved them that You gave Your only Son for them, that because they believe in Him, they will have life forever with You. (John 3:16)
I pray that when my children are older, they look back and don’t remember a time that they didn’t know about God and His Love. I also pray that they will know Him as their Savior. John 3:16 was the first bible verse I ever memorized and I remember my mother teaching it to me. It’s a great one to start with, but here are some other great ones to pray over our children when we are praying they understand God’s love for them, that He gave His only Son for them, and that He is their Lord and Savior….
2 Timothy 3:15 – and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His Holy people.
Isaiah 45:8 – You heavens above, rain down my righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.
2 Timothy 2:10 – Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.
(all words in bold/italics by Sylvia Gunter, author of the prayer book For the Family)