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Parents' prayer

Parents' prayer

Before you begin leading your children through this study on faithfulness, spend time alone with God interceding for His help. The sample prayer below will help guide you in praying for your children’s character development. If you prefer to personalize your prayers, read through the additional verses provided under “Scripture-guided prayer” for direction and inspiration.  

Sample prayer

Faithful One, “For great is Your love, higher than the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth” (Psalm 108:4-5). “O Lord God Almighty, who is like You? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds You” (Psalm 89:8). Jesus Christ, You are the same yesterday and today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Thank you that I can trust You as a faithful friend.

Please fill me with Your Spirit so I can continue to be a faithful spouse, parent and friend – a trusted companion who is a worthy confidante. Please forgive me for my lack of faithfulness in ________. My desire is to be found faithful, not only at crucial times, but also in things seemingly insignificant. Above all else, I want to be a faithful servant of Yours who is obedient in following Your commands (1 Corinthians 4:2).

For ________ and ________, my children, I ask that they will grow in faithfulness to You and others. I pray that their loyalty will be evidenced in their willingness to stick with their friends in times of trouble and their readiness to make sacrifices for others. Please fill ________ and ________with Your Holy Spirit so the fruit of faithfulness is evidenced in their relationships with You and with others. When they are tempted to be unfaithful, please remind them that You guard the course of the just and protect the way of the faithful (Proverbs 2:8). And now, looking to the future, I ask that You will be preparing ________ and ________ to become faithful mates for the people You will help them choose as a spouse.

For our family, I pray that we will be loyal to one another and that our friendships will be characterized by sacrificial love. You promise to be faithful to those who are faithful (2 Samuel 22:26). I ask that You will find us faithful in all things. As David prayed for Israel and his son, Solomon, I pray for our family, “ . . . keep this desire in the hearts of Your people forever, and keep [our] hearts loyal to You. And give [us] wholehearted devotion to keep Your commands, requirements and decrees . . .” (1 Chronicles 29:18-19). May the fruit of Your Holy Spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – be evidenced in our family so that others will know we belong to You (Galatians 5:22-23). Amen.

Scripture-guided prayer for parents

Read and pray through one or more of the selected Scriptures under each heading. Focus on listening to God and allowing His Spirit to direct you as you pray.

Character focus

Begin by letting God know how much you see and appreciate His faithfulness.

2 Samuel 22:26-37 | Psalm 57:9-11 | Psalm 89:1-2, 5-8 | Malachi 3:6-12 | 2 Thessalonians 3:3-5

Heart search

Acknowledge when and how you have been less than faithful.

Proverbs 11:3 | Isaiah 53:6 | Mark 8:38 | James 4:17 | 1 John 1:8-9

Gratitude

Thank God for ways you have seen faithfulness within your family.

Family requests

Ask God to help you and your children to be faithful to Him and to each other.

Proverbs 2:7-8 | Proverbs 3:3-6 | Micah 6:8 | John 14:15-21 | 1 Corinthians 10:13