In the passionate and purposeful hands of a mama bear, prayer can change a family, shape the generations to come, and impact the Kingdom for eternity. Pray these Scriptural prayers for your family over the next month, and use them to build a foundation of faith, love, and purpose in your home.
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One of the most important and impactful things we can do for our families is pray for them. Prayer is an effective tool that changes hearts, a powerful weapon that puts the enemy in his place, and the key that unlocks the promises of God in our lives.
In the passionate and purposeful hands of a mama bear, prayer can change a family, shape the generations to come, and impact the Kingdom for eternity.
Since National Day of Prayer is May 6, I thought it would be a good time to dedicate a month of prayer for our families. Will you join me?
If that’s something you’d like to do (or want to do at some point), let me help by giving you 30 Scriptures and prayers for your family.
30 Days of Scriptural Prayers for Your Family
Pray these Scriptures for your family over the next month, and use them to build a foundation of faith, love, and purpose in your home.
1. Joshua 24:15 & Romans 12:2
“…choose today whom you will serve…. But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”
“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Lord, our family chooses to serve you. We declare and affirm we will not conform to the ways of the world, but will steadfastly adhere to Your Word and Your ways. Shape our minds and hearts so we can live in alignment with Your will.
2. Matthew 6:33 & Matthew 22:37-39
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”
“You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Lord, we commit to seeking You first as a family before all else. Help us to love You with our whole hearts, souls, and minds and love each other and those outside our home as You have loved us.
3. Deuteronomy 28:1-6
“If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God: Your towns and your fields will be blessed. Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed. Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.”
Lord, these promises were for the Israelite people long ago, but we know You continue to bless obedience. We pray over these same areas for our family: our communities, our livelihoods, our sources of provision, our children, the fruits of our labors, the work of our hands, our travel, and everything we put our hands to in accordance with Your will. As we are obedient to You, bless these things for Your glory.
4. Psalm 16:8 & Psalm 18:2
“I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”
Lord, we rest and rely on Your strength and protection. Thank you that You never leave us or forsake us. No matter what comes against us, we will not be shaken, knowing that you are always right beside us.
5. Colossians 3:2
“Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”
Lord, fix our eyes on the things of Heaven and not the things of earth. Help us keep this eternal perspective in everything we do, inside and outside our home.
6. Ephesians 5:15 & James 1:5
“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.”
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.”
Lord, we desire to live carefully in wisdom, not foolishness. Give each member of this household wisdom to live a life that glorifies You.
7. 1 Corinthians 10:14
“So, my dear friends, flee from the worship of idols.”
Lord, we know divided hearts are not hearts that are serving You. We repent from all things we have put above You. Search out hearts and reveal our idols to us so we can flee from them.
8. Colossians 3:12-15 & Ephesians 4:32
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
“…be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
Holy Spirit, help us be more intentional in clothing ourselves with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, and peace. Grow Your fruit in us and empower us to live with each other accordingly.
9. Numbers 6:24-26
“May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.”
Lord, bless us and protect us. Smile on us and be gracious to us. Show us Your favor and give us Your peace.
10. Ephesians 6:12
“For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Lord, may we always remember when we’re tempted to fight each other that what we’re actually fighting against is an enemy in a dark, unseen world. An enemy that wants nothing more than to divide and discourage us. Remind us we are not each other’s enemies but rather teammates in a spiritual war.
11. Isaiah 32:18
“My people will live in safety, quietly at home. They will be at rest.”
Lord, help us live in peace and safety. We rest in Your protection.
12. Luke 6:45
“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
Lord, when harsh words and evil deeds occur in our home, it is a sign of unclean hearts. Purify our hearts so that out of their treasuries, we will produce good things.
13. Philippians 4:19
“And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”
Lord, we thank You that You supply all our needs according to the glorious riches that have been given to us in Jesus. When we are tempted to worry or grow discontent, remind us that we can trust You to give us everything we truly need.
14. James 1:19-20
“You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.”
Lord, help us to be quick to listen to each other, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Help us strive to understand and empathize with each other before we attempt to explain or defend our own stance. Produce in us the righteousness You desire.
15. Romans 12:9-10 & 1 John 3:18
“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.”
“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.”
Lord, fill us with the active, sacrificial love of Jesus so we can show that love to each other, as well as those outside our home. Show us where we have loved superficially or conditionally. Lead us to love with genuine affection, honor, and practical action.
16. Psalm 91
Read the entire chapter of Psalm 91 as a prayer of protection over your family.
17. Ephesians 4:1-2
“…lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
Lord, help us lead lives worthy of Your calling for us, as a family and as individuals. Help us be humble and gentle, being patient with each other and making allowances for each other’s faults.
18. Proverbs 11:3
“Honesty guides good people; dishonesty destroys treacherous people.”
Lord, we know honesty and integrity are key traits of lives that glorify You. May our family be characterized by them. Convict us by Your Spirit whenever we speak or act dishonestly, and help us walk in truth.
19. Psalm 90:14, 16-17
“Satisfy us each morning with your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy to the end of our lives. Let us, your servants, see you work again; let our children see your glory. And may the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful.”
Lord, satisfy us each morning with Your unfailing love, so we may sing for joy. Open our eyes to see you at work in our lives, and help us teach our children to be more aware of Your glory. Show us Your approval, and make our Kingdom efforts successful.
20. Proverbs 14:26
Those who fear the Lord are secure; he will be a refuge for their children.
Lord, thank You that even in the midst of a very uncertain world, we can rest secure in knowing You are in control and are a refuge for our children.
21. Luke 16:13
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”
Lord, we repent of the times and ways we have served money rather than serving You. Give us wisdom and Godly perspective on money so we can manage our finances in a way that serves Your Kingdom and brings You glory.
22. 1 John 4:4
“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.”
Lord, we declare that the Spirit who lives in us is greater than the spirit who lives in the world. Thank You for the reminder that we have victory through You.
23. John 10:27
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Lord, I pray that each of us will have ears attuned to Your voice. I pray we would know the Words and ways you speak more intimately and have the desire and courage to obey them.
24. Proverbs 15:1
“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”
Lord, help us respond to each other with gentle answers that diffuse conflicts rather than harsh words that make them worse.
25. Philippians 4:6-7
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Lord, we thank You for everything You’ve done for our family and everything You have yet to do. We repent of our tendency to worry, which is a sign of distrust in Your character. When we are tempted to worry, remind us to take our concerns to you in prayer and thanksgiving and rest in Your peace that guards our hearts and minds.
26. Ephesians 2:10
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Lord, thank You that we are Your masterpieces. Help us to see ourselves and each other as the special creations we are. Teach us how to use the skills, passions, and personalities You’ve given us to do the work You planned for us long ago. Guide us as we walk out Your purposes for our lives.
27. Psalm 37:23-24
“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.”
Lord, thank You that You direct our steps. We trust in Your attentive guidance. Even when we stumble, we know we will not fall because You hold us by our hands.
28. Colossians 3:20
“Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers [and mothers], do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.”
Lord, give our kids hearts of obedience. Instill in them the desire to please You by doing what we ask of them. At the same time, keep us from aggravating them into discouragement. Give us wisdom to know when to correct, how to guide, and what to (and not to) say so we can more effectively lead their hearts to Jesus. Reveal to us any ways we have abused our positions of power or in any other manner parented outside the heart of Your example as our Heavenly Father.
29. Ephesians 5:1-2a
“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ…”
Lord, give us the grace and strength to imitate You in everything we do. Equip and empower us to live lives filled with love, following the example of Your Son, Jesus.
30. Matthew 5:16
“…let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
Lord, help us be a light in the world around us. Provide us with the desire and opportunities for good works, not for our own glory but so that everyone who sees us will see You.
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