7 Powerful Bible Prayers to Pray for your Family

Do you wonder what you should pray for your family? Those day-to-day needs, while important, don’t seem enough. Here are seven powerful Bible prayers to help you pray deeply for your family.

I wish I could say I’m a prayer warrior for my family, but honestly, it’s hard to sit down and cover each child in prayer like I know I should. I shoot up prayers all the time when someone is sick, or sad, or has something big. That’s good, but it doesn’t feel enough. How do we pray for our kids and grandkids with power that will remain on their lives?

We pray Scripture.

It’s powerful to pray Scripture over our children and grandchildren. We know we are praying the heart and words of God when we pray prayers that are in the Bible. We’re praying the words of Paul, and they are rich.

Here are 7 prayers so you can pray one each day of the week for your kids and grandkids.

7 Powerful Bible Prayers to Pray for your Family

A Prayer for Love: Philippians 1:9-11

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

A Prayer for Wisdom: Ephesians 1:15-19a

For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. 

A Prayer for Strength: Ephesians 3:14-21

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

A Prayer for Fruit: Colossians 1:9-12

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. 

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

A Prayer for Righteousness: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

A Prayer for Salvations, and for Strengthening: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5

As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.

And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil people, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 

We have confidence in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we command. May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance.

A Prayer for You: Ephesians 6:19

Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel.

Now that we know some powerful things to pray, let’s figure out how to do it often.

How do you remember to pray for your kids and grandkids?

I know a man whose watch went off at 11:18 each day to remind him to pray that more churches would be planted. He asked whoever he was with at the moment to pray with him. 
What kind of prompt could you use to make praying Scripture for your grandkids a normal part of your day? Here are a few ideas:
  1. Pray first thing every morning.
  2. Pray in your time with God each day.
  3. Pray while you’re driving to work.
  4. Pray at lunchtime.
  5. Pray while you’re on the treadmill or taking a walk.
  6. Pray while you’re fixing dinner.
  7. Pray before you fall asleep at night.

Like my friend, you may want to put a reminder on your phone to help you remember to pray these Bible prayers for your children and grandchildren.

To recap, 7 powerful Bible prayers to pray for your family:

  1. A prayer for Love: Philippians 1:9
  2. A Prayer  for Wisdom: Ephesians 1:15-19a
  3. A Prayer for Strength: Ephesians 3:14-21
  4. A Prayer for Fruit: Colossians 1:9-12
  5. A Prayer for Righteousness: 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
  6. 6. A Prayer for Salvations and Strengthening: 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
  7. A Prayer for You: Ephesians 6:19

What’s Next?

Pray with me: 
Lord, help me be a prayer warrior for my children and grandchildren. Help me to pray for them often and help me to pray deeply. Help me to pray every day, and help me to pray Scripture. Would you hear my prayers for my family and work according to your will. Thank you, Lord. Amen.


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