1. That your son/daughter would follow God early in life.
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. His mother’s name was Jedidah daughter of Adaiah; she was from Bozkath. He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and followed completely the ways of his father David, not turning aside to the right or to the left.” 2 Kings 22:1-2 (NIV)
Josiah, though only 8 years old when he took the throne, was a man determined to worship God. He rid the land of idol worship and set forth to rebuild the temple. His desire to follow God began at an early age. Though he was not perfect, Josiah’s heart to follow God early on set the foundation for a successful reign as king.
2. That your son/daughter would stay pure.
“Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols
and never tell lies.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing
and have a right relationship with God their savior.” Psalm 24:4-5 (NLT)
In order to have a right relationship with God, it’s important that we’re pure in our heart and mind. As parents, we need to pray that our children will stay pure in a world that constantly desires to pollute their hearts and minds with lies and things that are not pleasing to God.
3. That your son/daughter would do their best in everything they do.
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17 (NIV)
Whether in sports, in the classroom, or other endeavors in life, we want our children to give their best effort each time. We need to encourage them to work hard as if they were doing it for God and not just for other people. God deserves our best effort!
4. That your son/daughter will pursue good things.
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
There are tremendous pressures our children face in today’s world. As they grow older, those pressures increase in their middle and high school years. Pray that they would not pursue evil desires, but that they would chase after good things that God has in store for them.
5. That your son/daughter would not be fearful.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV)
As a parent, you’re well aware that there are times in a child’s life where they’re guided by fear: fear of failure, fear of messing up, and fear of being alone. We need to pray that they would be guided by God’s love and strength in their lives, knowing that his perfect love overcomes fear.