Asking God for a Prayer for Each Child

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One of the neatest things I’ve done in my prayer life is ask God for specific prayers to pray for my children.

It all started when a close friend shared that, ever since her son was quite young, she’d had it on her heart to pray that he would be one who includes others. She asked God to give him a heart to see those on the outside and the compassion to draw them in, regardless of popularity and not influenced by the opinions of the crowd.

He’s now five years old and in soccer. That’s exactly who he is. Other’s have pointed this out, and she’s seen for herself how these very traits are evidencing themselves in marked ways.

You can imagine how fun it is for this mom to see her prayers coming to life as her son grows! God gave her special insight to know how to pray for him, and she will continue praying these same things for him, along with many other prayers.

I loved hearing how God was at work in and through her prayers for her son!

This made me wonder, has God given me specific prayers for my children as individuals? Have I asked Him?

Through praying, asking and listening to God, I realized that He had put unique prayers on my heart for each of my children, echos of some that had originated even from before they were born.

Through this process of asking, these prayers took shape in my heart even more.

So, to give you an better idea of what I mean, I will let you in on a few of these special prayers.

My Prayers for Each Child

All of these things I want for all of my children, but I find myself emphasizing certain things with each child.

For Clara

Passionate love for God and others.

I pray that God would fill her with love for people (as an unquenchable outflow of her understanding of His love for her). I pray that she would learn to see through this grid: she is extravagantly loved and people are beautifully made and matter fiercely to God, regardless of anything else.


For Matthew

Worship and depth.

I pray that God would give him a ministry of worship, through his words and actions. I ask that he would fall in love with Jesus and pursue knowing and glorifying God with his whole being, that His heart would beat and life be lived in praise to God

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For Emily

Gentleness and peace.

I pray that God would develop in her a gentle spirit, that she would be joyful and a bearer of His light to a dark world. I pray that peace would follow her, that she would be a child and woman of unbending faith, and that she would be a peacemaker among her contemporaries.

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I’m not sure whether these prayers are prophetic and divinely-inspired, whether they are what I see in my own children based on my limited wisdom, or whether they are simply what came to mind, but I do know they’re good prayers to pray no matter what their origin!

The exercise of asking God for prayers for my children has given me good points of emphasis and deepened how I pray for them. Rather than merely praying for their protection and good sleep, I’m also diving much deeper, much more regularly.

Can I challenge you today to take some time to pray and listen to God about how he wants to grow and use each of your children?


Want to learn more about praying for your children and incorporating prayer into daily life as a homemaker?


2015 Homemaking Ministries Online Conference

I’m speaking on this very topic at an online conference for Christian women and homemakers next week!

I would LOVE for you to join me there! It will be a fun-filled three days of learning, growing, community, excitement, awesome bonuses and giveaways… and you can come, regardless of your schedule!

The Conference runs Oct 27-29th (that’s a Tuesday-Thursday) with sessions live-streamed on the web at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 4:00 pm each day (EST). BUT, once they go live, you will have access to watch/listen to them anytime!

There will be 12 video sessions (but they can also be listened to as audio while you multitask!) on various aspects of homemaking. Each of the speakers are phenomenal women, homemakers and influencers for Christ in the online world. I look up to each of them so much, and I’m honored to be among them!

My session: Prayer in Homemaking: Gaining Vision, Finding Time & Praying with Our Children

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Description: Are you a homemaker who longs to go deeper with God in your life today? You don’t have to wait until all the kids are out of the house or your life is “together” to do that. In fact, please don’t! Come learn what it means to pray, and be encouraged by what it looks like to do this practically as a homemaker. We will also explore the concept of praying intentionally and often with our children.

Watch this for a SNEAK PEEK!

The Speakers and Sessions

And that is just 1/12th of the inspiration and encouragement you will find at this conference on a wide range of topics from some of your favorite bloggers!
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Will you join me there?

Now through October 26th, tickets are on sale for just $29.95. After the live conference kicks off on October 27th, this price will increase and all bonuses will no longer be available.

The Bonuses

With your admission you will also receive

  • a gorgeous homemaking
    binder (a $19.95 value)
  • a beautiful printable calendar (a $10.95 value)

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The Early-Bird Bonuses

  • If you register by October 26th, you’ll receive many more special freebies and bonuses (including prayer printables that I’ve created)
  • And you’ll get to take advantage of early bird pricing! The conference will be on sale now through 10/26 for only $29.95
  • Plus you’ll get to participate in all the live conference excitement!
  • After 10/26, the conference will sell for $34.95 and all live components will be obsolete.

If you feel compelled to grow in your homemaking and take steps in your spiritual life as a woman in this role, please consider joining me. Find out more here!

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  1. Claire says:

    I have prayed for my four children prayers since they were young children. I waited on God quietly and wrote down thoughts that came to my mind and as their mum I spoke at the three weddings that have been so far. Each wedding I have read out their page of prayers in my speach. Actually I am so nervous speaking that its all I do. Most people don’t believe that what I say is true as it seems to them I have written the prayer to fit the answers that are before them. For example I have prayed that my elsest son would marry a Christian woman who is a teacher and speaks other languages and loves sports and who will travel as he ministers. Jasmine has a double degree and is a Christian Physical education teacher who speaks Chinese and Japanese fluently. Alec is a minister and has Pastored a Chinese church and is in Taiwan at the moment. My daughters are answered to the finest details as well. Please do this and pray them. Pray big and bold as the Holy Spirit drops thoughts and words into your mind. I thought maybe it was just me being silly but it is so wonderful.

  2. Nataliya says:

    Thank you for sharing this, it’s actually an answer to prayer. I started to pray for God to show me more of how to love my children individually and He has led me to pray for them after they are asleep. Having a specific prayer from God for each of them and then seeing it be answered is such a great testimony. Thanks again!

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