How to Pray for Our Children

People often ask me, “How do we pray for our children?” In response, I encourage people to pray biblical prayers for their children. For example, here’s Paul’s powerful prayer in Ephesians 1:15-23, worded with the names of our children, Josh and Marie (who are young adults). 

Praying Ephesians 1:15-23 for Our Children

15For this reason, ever since I heard about Josh and Marie’s faith in the Lord Jesus and Josh and Marie’s love for all the saints, 

16I have not stopped giving thanks for Josh and Marie, remembering Josh and Marie in my prayers. 

17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give Josh and Marie the spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that Josh and Marie may know him better. 

18I pray also that the eyes of Josh and Marie’s heart may be enlightened in order that Josh and Marie may know the hope to which he has called them, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 

19and that Josh and Marie may know his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 

20which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 

21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 

22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 

23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. 

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