By Jen

I CHALLENGE YOU to PRAY with me for 31 DAYS for YOUR CHILDREN.  The month of AUGUST has 31 days, so who is with me?

Prayer is something I believe in, but I can get lazy and repetitive with them at times. My mind goes on auto pilot and isn’t always engaged. My friend Michelle has been posting a daily prayer based on 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray For Your Children on her Facebook account and I love it!  Her posts cause me to stop and think.  They are engaging, challenging and encouraging me to intentionally pray for my kids. It has been a nice change of pace.  My prayer life is in a new groove and these simple prayers are wonderful to think through.

Prayer doesn’t have to be long.  This is just a simple sentence a day.  If you want more, there are two verses with each sentence you can look up.  You can look them up and meditate on them and the whole process may only take you a few minutes.  It’s a wonderful way to start or end you day.

THE CHALLENGE:  I challenge you to join me for the month of August to pray with me for our children.  Pray 1 virtue a day for your children.  I found this cool graphic you can print of  the 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children.  SO it couldn’t be easier.

1. Click on the graphic and print it.

2. Post it somewhere you will see everyday. (I am going to post mine in my master loo.  Surely, that is a place I will have at least 2 minutes of alone time a day! lol!  It is summer and my alone time feels scarce!)

3. Pray!  As we pray, I am excited to see how God uses these 31 virtues to remind me of His goodness and the wonderful ways He works in our children’s lives!

4. Who’s in?  I hope you will join me!  Everything is better with friends!

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1. Salvation—”Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.” (Isa. 45:82 Tim. 2:10)


2. Growth in Grace—”I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Pet. 3:18)


3. Love—”Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.” (Gal. 5:25Eph. 5:2)


4. Honesty and Integrity—”May integrity and honesty be their virtue
and their protection.” (Ps. 25:21)


5. Self-Control—”Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.”
(1 Thess. 5:6)


6. Love for God’s Word—”May my children grow to find Your Word more precious than much pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.” (Ps. 19:10)


7. Justice—”God, help my children to love justice as You do and act justly in all they do.” (Ps. 11:7Mic. 6:8)


8. Mercy—”May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.” (Luke 6:36)


9. Respect (for self, others, and authority)—”Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as Your Word commands.” (1 Pet. 2:17)


10. Biblical Self-Esteem—”Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in therealization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.” (Eph. 2:10)


11. Faithfulness—”Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the tablet of their hearts.” (Prov. 3:3)


12. Courage—”May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.” (Deut. 31:6)

13. Purity—”Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.” (Ps. 51:10)

14. Kindness—”Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thes. 5:15)

15. Generosity—”Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay uptreasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.” (1 Tim. 6:18-19)

16. Peace-Loving—”Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.” (Rom. 14:19)

17. Joy—”May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Thes. 1:6)

18. Perseverance—”Lord, teach my children perseverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.” (Heb. 12:1)

19. Humility—”God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show true humility toward all.” (Titus 3:2)

20. Compassion—”Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.” (Col. 3:12)

21. Responsibility—”Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.” (Gal. 6:5)


22. Contentment—”Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.” (Phil. 4:12-13)


23. Faith—”I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.” (Luke 17:5-6Heb. 11:1-40)


24. A Servant’s Heart—”God, please help my children develop servant’s hearts, that they may serve wholeheartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.” (Eph. 6:7)

25. Hope—”May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Rom. 15:13)


26. Willingness and Ability to Work—”Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with all their heart, as working for the Lord and not for men.” (Col. 3:23)


27. Passion for God—”Lord, please instill in my children a soul that ‘followeth hard after thee,’ one that clings passionately to You.” (Ps. 63:8)


28. Self-Discipline—”Father, I pray that my children may acquire a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.” (Prov. 1:3)


29. Prayerfulness—”Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers.” (1 Thess. 5:17)


30. Gratitude—”Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Eph. 5:20; Col. 2:7)


31. A Heart for Missions—”Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see Your glory declared among the nations, Your marvelous deeds among the peoples.” (Ps. 96:3)


31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Children by Bob Hostetler, graphic by KeepingitPersonal.com .  Click Here to print this graphic.


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  1. Amy Hayes says:

    Yay Jen! I love it and can’t wait to get started, thanks!

  2. I am totally going to try this – awesome idea! I struggle to pray for specific things for the boys and want to get in the habit of praying like this for them. Thanks for the idea and info!

  3. Inga Pae says:

    I am with you guys. Thank you so much for this post!

  4. What a simple, but profoundly beautiful and loving act to do for my grown children, and my grandchildren. I always pray to God and ask for their protection from all harm and sin, but this will be a very appreciated and renewed prayer time for me too! I will grow in faith each day as well.

    Thank you!

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