Day 9

The Release of The SPIRIT




Pray Over Your Children


I heard a story about a family—a father and mother with three children. Dad worked and mom stayed at home. As all three children started their years in school, each morning before sending the kids to the bus stop, mom (and dad on his days off) would pray over the kids: “Dear heavenly Father, we thank You for this day. We thank You for the life you’ve given us. Bless these kids as they go to school. Keep them safe. May they bring glory to You in all that they say and do. In Jesus’ name, amen.”


Every morning from kindergarten through twelfth grade, they stopped at the front door and mom or dad prayed the same prayer before those children left the house. Thirteen years of school, three kids. No matter if they were on time or running late, if they were catching the bus or driving themselves to school, a parent prayed for those children.


From what I understand, the children were not perfect angels. They got into trouble, like any trio of siblings. But they kept to the path of Jesus. There were no rebellious teenage years, no wandering from their faith in college. The one who told me the story believes those prayers every morning actually worked, that Jesus kept them close to Himself through the power of praying parents. As adults, two of the children are in mission work and the third is a successful salesman.


Pray over your children, and let your children hear those prayers. The prayer does not need to be fancy, just authentic. Make it consistent and a part of your daily routine.


Pray the Scriptures:

Deuteronomy 11:18–21

Psalm 127:3–5

Proverbs 22:6


Focus Today:

Take the example of the family above and apply it to your situation. Try two minutes before your children leave the house; speak a prayer over them and make it heartfelt.


Maybe your children are grown and no longer live in your house. It’s never too late to start praying from them daily. If you don’t have children of your own, pray for children in a family that you know well.


Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (Deuteronomy 11:19)