A Great Way To Pray For Your Child

Yes there are tons of great ways and things to pray over your children! Today I’m just offering one particular way that I have prayed for my kids, how it’s been impactful and why I believe it will continue to guide and direct them for their whole lives.

When my husband and I began searching, thinking, and praying about names for our children, we felt it was important to give them names with powerful meanings that we could pray for them to live out.

I’m not saying you can’t just pick a nice name you like for your kid that doesn’t have a super cool meaning. I was just personally leaning this way for several reasons but probably because of one main one that sticks out to me in particular. My name is Laura. It comes from the root word “laurel.” In ancient Rome the leaves of laurel trees were used to create victors’ garlands. So my name basically means “victory.”

As a kid when I learned this meaning, I took it very seriously for some reason. Maybe it gave me purpose or a special meaning just for me to hang onto. I’m not exactly sure why it was so important to me, but I lived it out in the sports arena as a victor, a champion, many times over. Today I like to feel like I’m a champion for others, someone who can encourage, lift up or stand up for someone who cannot do it on their own. I still like to think I’m living out my name.

So my husband and I were fine with giving our kids names that might be a little different because it opens up the opportunity to explain their names to others, inviting the Gospel right into early conversations, and hopefully it will give them their very own feeling of purpose for God in this world.

Our church has baby dedications where parents can commit to raising their children to know and love Christ, and the congregation can pray over them in agreement. The children’s pastor suggests parents choose a life verse for their child. A life verse is a verse or passage in the Bible that is significant to you.  It may define your life, give you inspiration or direction, or it might be something that you hang onto as you face difficult circumstances.

I love this. I hope my kids take these verses we’ve chosen for them as their own, but even if they don’t, they are verses that I can pray for my children. They have helped give me a vision and direction for how to pray for my kids. It helps me hope and have dreams for them as they grow up. If this is something you haven’t done yet, I highly recommend it!

You could choose a verse that just fits their little personality that you know, so well. Or it could be a verse that you love that you want to pray or pass on to your child, too. Or maybe your little one reminds you of someone you know well and that will help you find the right verse. Or if you have no idea where to begin, start by praying. Ask God to show you a verse or several that you could pray over your child, to guide and direct your prayers for them. I decided for each of our kids to use their meaningful names we chose to direct me to the scripture for their life verses.

Arella (pronounced ah-RAY-luh) is a Hebrew name that basically means messenger. Her middle name is Joy. She’s our little messenger of joy, so it only made sense go with this verse:

“How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in Him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!“” – Romans 10:14-15

I have always prayed that Arella will be so passionate about Christ and people that she will be compelled to go tell the world the good news, that her feet would indeed be beautiful.

Zoe is a Greek name meaning life, like eternal life with Christ. Her middle name was given to her by her orphanage director. Xiu (pronounced sh-io) means beautiful. What’s more beautiful than Jesus giving His own life so that we can have eternal life with God?

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”” -John 14:6

I pray that Zoe understand this on a deeper level that I ever could, and that she will be able to eloquently and passionately share this with others. She suffered a traumatic loss right from the beginning of her life, but God redeemed her and gave her a new life with us, grafting her into our family. That’s exactly what the Father does with all of us when we choose to give our lives to Him. He adopts us into His family, grafting us in and making us heirs with Christ.

Zadok is from a Hebrew word meaning righteousness. Zadok the priest and his sons were honored by God for their faithfulness to King David in the Old Testament. His middle name is Brady after a priest that Eriek and his family were close to growing up. Father Brady devoted his life to serving others, even denying the opportunity to be a Cardinal so he could stay closer to the parish and his sheep there. His two names compliment one another so well: priest, devotion, and a love for the Lord.

“True instruction was in his mouth, and no wrong was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity. For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and people should seek instruction from his mouth, for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” -Malachi 2:6-7

I pray often that Zadok will have a passion for the Lord at a young age and that he will be both an example of how to live for God and a teacher to those around him. I pray that people are drawn to him because of the light of Jesus within him.

This is definitely not the only way to pray for your kids, but it’s a great way to start! What are the verses you pray for your children?

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