4 Things to Pray for Your Kids


Praying for My Kids.

Sometimes as a mom, I get overwhelmed with all I should be doing for my kids’ spiritual development. I should be reading the Bible with my kids, teaching them Scripture, training them on character qualities, helping them understand prayer. The list goes on and on.

Equally important are my prayers FOR my kids . . . but when I start considering all I should be praying for, this list is even longer than the first!

After praying about it (what a concept!), I came up with four foundational things to pray for my children daily. Yes, there will be additional things to add on, but this a great place to start. To make these things easier to remember, think of the song Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.

Head. Pray your children will always lift their heads to look to the Lord, and when they’re too hurt or discouraged, pray they’ll allow God to lift their heads.

“But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high.” Psalm 3:3*

 Pray your children will learn to let God carry their burdens.

“Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders—he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out.” Psalm 55:33

Knees. Pray your children will get on their knees before God often.

“Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.” James 4:7

Toes. Pray your kids will be connected to a community of believers who will keep them on their toes.

“So watch your step, friends. Make sure there’s no evil unbelief lying around that will trip you up and throw you off course, diverting you from the living God. For as long as it’s still God’s Today, keep each other on your toes so sin doesn’t slow down your reflexes. If we can only keep our grip on the sure thing we started out with, we’re in this with Christ for the long haul. Hebrews 3:12

If you like this list, share it with a friend. Can you see all of us around the world praying for our children as we sing . . . “Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes. Head . . . .”

*All Scripture is taken from The Message

Now what about you? How do you pray for your kids?

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Tricia Goyer (77 Posts)

Tricia is the author of more than 30 books and has published more than 500 articles for national publications such as Focus on the Family, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won the Historical Novel of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005. Tricia's co-written novel, The Swiss Courier, was a nominee for the Christy Awards.


  1. Pray for their future spouse. A person with whom they will spend more time with then their parents.

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