When I was a new bride, I would dream how our family would look in the future. We’d be snuggled up around the Bible, reading God’s Word, and praying together on a regular basis. Yet it wasn’t as easy or as natural as I had imagined. It took time and intentional steps to learn to pray as a family. While we’re far from perfect, God has shown me how to use prayer methods and use a list of Scriptures to pray, as a great starting point for family prayer!
The Importance of Praying as a Family
Prayer can serve as many things. From direct communication with God to a lifeline in a time of need, it is one of the best ways to help your family thrive. By incorporating family prayer time, you are teaching your children the importance of intimacy with Heavenly Father.
They’ll also learn to pray without ceasing and how to pray about everything. In our family, nothing is too big or small to pray about. We’ve prayed about lost animals, cuts and bruises, and keeping the night terrors away.
Children need to learn early that prayer is a cornerstone for a relationship with God and that God wants us to surrender all our burdens to Him (no matter how small!)
Whether you’re a regular at praying Scripture or just getting started, these character building Scriptures are the perfect place to start praying God’s Word.
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12 Scriptures to Pray as a Family
Pray for your family to press into the Lord for wisdom and to seek the guidance of the Lord in all you do. May this Scripture remind you that wisdom, guidance, and direction come from the Lord.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. Proverbs 9:10
Following the ways of the Lord is the root to having pure joy. Pray that your family would seek His ways and experience the true, radiant joy that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus.
The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. Psalm 19:8
Pray that your family would surrender to the guidance of God’s truth, having a teachable spirit in order to accept proper correction. Also pray that they would place their hope in the Lord at all times and follow God’s plan, even when it doesn’t make sense.
Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5
Pray that your family would have divine protection and that no harm would come to any member. Also pray for their desire to dwell in the shelter of the Most High and to trust God for strength in hardship.
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1
Strength can often be portrayed as something that you do in your own power. However, this isn’t the case for believers. Pray that your family would take refuge in the Lord and find all their strength in Him.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Pray that your family would have a shield of protection against temptation, and they would always be on guard, standing firm in faith. May your family learn to stand firm on God’s promises and refute temptation with God’s word.
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13
Each person has been given a divine gift from God. Pray that each member of your family would recognize their gifts and use them to do good to others and glorify God. May you learn to be generous as a family and steward your lives for the glory of God.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
Pray that your family would be a family of truth speakers. Even when it’s hard, may your family have the courage to speak the truth in love.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. Ephesians 4:25
A family in unity represents a family in strength and alignment with God. Pray that your family would love one another with a godly and brotherly love. May your daily prayer be for each of you freely give the love of Jesus to those in your family and in the outside world.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35
Pray that your family would have a heart to serve, but first and foremost for God. Together may you seek to serve others in Jesus name and love others as Jesus. In that service, may you seek the approval of the Most High and not people.
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people. Ephesians 6:7
Guard your heart
The evil one is on the prowl and ready to trap us in sin. Pray that your family would know God’s truth and use it to guard their hearts and minds. Only then can we stand firm in faith and recognize the lies from the enemy!
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Pray that your family would honor the Lord through their God-given talents and abilities. May they seek to do what is right and follow God’s commands in all areas of their life.
If it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach. Romans 12:7
How to Start Praying as a Family
Now that you have some great topical Scriptures, it’s time to put them to practice by praying them as a family. If you don’t know where to start, let the Family Bible Study Toolkit show you how to grow in faith together.
Use this bundle of Bible study tools for families help you read God’s Word, apply God’s Word, and pray God’s Word as a family. It’s the simple way to grow in faith (even as a beginner!)
This toolkit will help you guide your children toward a firm foundation in faith without feeling overwhelmed. Turn your family time into a prayer time in an easy and practical way!