8 Scriptures to Pray for Your Little Boy
Before my first son was born, he had totally captured my heart. I had a lifetime of hopes and dreams for him. I also had fears – fear that I wasn’t going to be enough, fear that I couldn’t save him from every hurt, fear that he would grow up and make poor choices, and the list goes on. I was so gripped by fear from all of these things that I had no control over, until I found scriptures to pray, and learned to surrender.
As mothers, we strive to make everything perfect for our children. We want the best of everything for them, and wish that we could deliver that. But at some point, the choice is theirs. So it is our job to pave the way, by setting the example of how they should live, and then praying them through each day.
What better way to pray for our sons, than to use God’s own Word? After all, it is true and effective, and God wrote it! This is the one offensive weapon we have against the enemy: the sword of the Spirit. So let’s use it! Here are 10 things that I constantly pray for my little boys.
1) His salvation
Even if your son is still in your womb, pray for his heart to turn to Jesus. And keep praying for his salvation until he receives it. That should be our number one priority for each of our children.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9 )
Jesus, please draw my son’s heart to You, so he can be saved. Reveal Yourself to him in a way that he can understand who You are and why he needs You. Help him to confess his sins and invite You into his heart, confess that You are Lord, and begin a relationship with You.
Something has happened to the honor system in our current age. People don’t seem to have the values they once had. We need to pray that our sons become men of character.
“Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart; he who does not backbite with his tongue, nor does evil to his neighbor, nor does he take up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but he honors those who fear the Lord; he who swears to his own hurt and does not change; he who does not put out his money at usury, nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.” (Psalm 15:1-5)
Father, let this be true of my son. May he speak truth, honor the godly, stand up for what is right, and walk according to Your ways.
3) His hunger for God’s Word
The Bible is not outdated. It is alive and very relevant. Not only should we set the example for our children by reading our Bibles, we should pray that they develop a hunger for God’s Word and learn to use it.
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” (Psalm 1:1-2)
Dear Holy Spirit, please open my son’s heart and eyes to your Word. Speak to him through it, and make it come alive to him. Keep him from the paths of the ungodly. Let Your words pierce his heart and draw him closer to You as he learns more about who You are. Let Your Word be his delight, and may he hunger for it above all else.
4) His purity
Need I say more? Seriously. In our current society, this is just huge. You can’t even flip on the baby channel anymore, without seeing women in bikinis on commercials. From the time they enter this world, we need to pray for our boys’ purity.
“Flee sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually sins against their own body.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
Lord, please keep my son pure. Shield his eyes, heart, ears, and mind from impurity and sexual immorality. Give him self control to choose purity, and to treat his body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. Give him a desire to please You, above all else.
5) His confidence
This generation is so self-centered, and that has led to an unbelievable amount of confidence issues in our children. From a young age, they learn to be self-conscious or self-confident. We can help build confidence in our sons by encouraging them, praising their strengths, and showing grace. Remember to speak life always, because your words can have a lasting effect on your little boy. And pray that his confidence comes from within, instead of from his peers.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)
Dear Heavenly Father, help my son to look to You for his confidence. Reveal to him who he is in You, and help him to seek Your approval – not the approval of people, including me. If I am too harsh on him in some area, reveal it to me, so I can rebuild his confidence. Holy Spirit, gently remind me throughout the day to only speak life, especially when he does something to push my limits. Help me to nurture confidence in my son.
6) His friends
Friends will have such a huge impact on your son as he grows. I still remember what my 9th grade principal said: “You are right now, or soon will be what your friends are.” We need to pray that our children choose heir friends wisely, so the right kind of people will be influencing them.
“Don’t be misled. Bad company ruins good character.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)
Lord, please put people into our lives that are in love with You, and who will become lasting friends. Surround my son with other children who have a heart for you, and will strengthen his relationship with You. Give him discernment in choosing his friends, and keep him far from bad company that could ruin his character.
7) His mind
The mind is where strongholds begin. One simple thought or word can take root and form a permanent non-truth in our minds. Let’s pray for protection for our sons’ minds, that they will not have to endure the pain of strongholds in their lives as they grow.
“We have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2:16)
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or worthy of praise, think on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)
Holy Spirit, I thank You for giving my son the mind of Christ. Guard his mind from any lies that the enemy wants to plant there. While he is young, help me to fill his mind with good things, and surround him with others who will do likewise. And when he is old enough, help him to fill his own mind with Your Word, Your truths, and positive thoughts.
8) His Safety
This is one of the biggest struggles, in my opinion. From the time we see that positive pregnancy test, we are constantly worried about our child’s safety. There are so many “what ifs” that go through our minds and drive us crazy, and that never goes away. But we can trust in the Lord to keep them safe.
“I will both lie down in peace and sleep, for You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.”
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. He will give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all of your ways.” (Psalm 91: 1-11)
Dear Lord, watch over my sweet boy, and keep him safe. While he sleeps, when he is with me, and when he is away from me, guard his life. Give Your angels charge over him, to keep him safe in all his ways.
Cover Them Continuously
One of the most important things we will ever do for our children is to pray for them. There are so many things in life that are out of our control, but God holds our every moment in the palm of His hand. We can model good character, purity, a love for God, and wisdom for our sons, but we must also pray for them, that those things take hold.
As much as we would like to ignore the “scary” parts of the Bible, it does tell us that there is an enemy stalking us like prey, waiting for any opportunity to destroy us. That’s the reality of it. The devil will use anything he can to snatch our children away. It’s not a reason to be afraid – because our God is so much mightier than our enemy – but it’s a reason to constantly be on guard, covering our children in prayer.
I have several reminders to pray for my boys daily…because otherwise I would surely get swept away with all of the normal daily routines and forget! So I’ve made it a part of my morning routine. I keep a prayer book with my Bible on my desk, where I go upon waking every morning.
I also use this book as a go-to resource for prayers for my boys. It has beautiful illustrations, with scriptures and prayers specifically for little boys. Love it!!
So many women have amazing bullet journals these days, and that is something I have longed to explore, but just haven’t had the time yet. It’s a much more artistic and creative way to keep track of things like prayers and daily routines. I’ll venture there soon enough!
For now, I have an ongoing list of prayers that is pinned on my office wall. I add to it whenever I come across more scriptures to pray over my sons, or whenever a specific need arises. The visual reminders help me stay on top of praying for my little boys.
What do you do to ensure that you are praying for your children daily? Drop a comment below and share your tactics with us!