Short prayers for mothers

How should a mother pray for her child? What does the Bible say about praying for your children? Becoming a praying mom can make a powerful difference in our family’s lives. In this article, we’re sharing Mom Prayers for every season of life that will help!

Have you ever had someone else pray over you?

Maybe your parents prayed for you each day before you were born. Maybe someone in your community or church has prayed with you during a difficult time.

So many of us have stories of how prayer made a difference in our life. (I know I do!) And because of Jesus, we have access to God to lift up our prayers and petitions for our own kids! How cool is that? 

In the journey of motherhood, prayer can be a powerful lifeline that hold us and our families together, even when the world around us seems to be falling apart.

In this post, you’ll find a list of ideas, prayers and verses to pray over your kid all throughout every season of motherhood. Be sure to check back often as we are added more Mom Prayers all the time!

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A Prayer to Surround our Children

Surround our children

Lord, please surround my kids with friends and adults who point them toward You, and in ways that complement my own deficits in parenting.

“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.” For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” – Romans 15:1-7

Prayers for Protection

Prayer for protection

Father, Protect my child from influences that are not good.

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.” – 1 Corinthians 15:33

Lord, I ask you to protect my kids: physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally, and in every way. 

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

A Prayer for Godly Friends

Father, I pray my child would know the joy of having godly friends. 

In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now”

Philippians 1:4-5 (NIV)

Godly Teachers

godly teachers

Lord, Because You ask us to present you with every request and anxiety, I humbly ask You for Godly friends, teachers, and school administration in the upcoming school year.

“One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” – Proverbs 12:26

Be Alert

Be alert

Lord, cause my kids to be wise, courageous, discerning and alert regarding evil. 

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.” – Ephesians 5:15-17

Lord, Shape Our Children

Lord shape our children

Dear Father, You know the areas where my children are weak. Shape them this year in ways that could only reflect Your power working in and around them. 

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” – Ephesians 2:8-10

Simple Prayers for Motherhood

Help Me Mother Well

Help me mother well

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for my child. Please give me wisdom to mother well!

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” – James 1:5

Be in God’s Presence

Be in Gods presence

Father, help me to make it a priority to just BE in your presence.

“The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.’” – Exodus 33:14

Help Me Trust You

Help me trust You

Father, help me to trust you more, especially with regards to my child.

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” – Isaiah 26:3

The Gift of Motherhood

The gift of motherhood

Thank you Father for the gift of being a mother. Help me to see and keep my focus today on the gifts and the beauty that surround me in my role as Mom.

“Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.” – Psalms 127:3

The Power of My Words

The power of my words

Lord, please help me remember the power of my words and attitudes on my children’s hearts.

“With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2

Fill a Need

A need we can fill

Open our eyes Father, to a need we can fill today. 

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” – Matthew 25:44-45

Guide Us, Lord

Guide us Lord

Guide me, Lord, as I disciple my children and prepare them for the battles they face everywhere, including their own hearts. 

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.” – Ephesians 3:14-19

Think Before I Speak

Help me think before I speak

Lord, help me to think before I speak to my child.

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger.” – James 1:19b

Mom Prayers for Good Character

A Prayer to Walk by The Spirit

Walk by the spirit

Lord, help my child walk by the spirit and deny the flesh. 

“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” – Galatians 5:16

A Prayer to Be Loving and Faithful

Loving and faithful

Father God, I pray my child will be loving and faithful.

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” – Proverbs 3:3-4

Something New

Learn something new

Father, I pray you would show me something new about each of my children. Help me see the special gift you have given each of them.

 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

A Guarded Mind

A guarded mind

Father, I pray my child’s mind is guarded by your peace.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

Make Wise Use of Time

Father, may my children make wise use of their time.

“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” – Ephesians 5:15-16

A Prayer for Child’s Future Spouse

Father God, I pray my child’s future spouse is growing in godly character.

“Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth.” – Psalm 86:11

Tranquility Over Possessions

Father God, may my child pursue tranquility over possessions.

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:20-21

A Guarded Heart

Father, I pray your peace guards my child’s heart.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:7

Holding Strong to Convictions

Holding strong to convictions

Father, I pray my child looks to You for strength to hold strong to convictions.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.” – Psalm 28:7

A Prayer for Wisdom

A prayer for wisdom

Father, give my child wisdom.

“For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;” – Proverbs 2:6

Better, Not Bitter

Better Not Bitter

Father, I pray my child allows experiences to make him or her better and not bitter.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. – Romans 12:2

Peace, Not Fear

Peace Not Fear

Father, I pray my child is filled with your peace instead of with fear.

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” – Psalm 91:1-16

Prayers for Single Moms

Give Me Endurance

Give Me Endurance

Father, give me the endurance I need to raise my child well in all circumstances.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” – Galatians 6:9

Fight for My Family

God, give me strength each day to fight for my family.

“And I looked and arose and said to the nobles and to the officials and to the rest of the people, “Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your homes.” – Nehemiah 4:14

Prayer for Parenting My Child

Father, help me parent my child well, with love and as you would have me parent.

“Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” ~ Proverbs 22:6

Live With Courage

Dear Lord, please help me put my trust in you and live with courage.

“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” – 1 Corinthians 15:58

Mom Prayers for New Moms

Renew Me

Renew Me

God, renew my energy when I am tired.

“Who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” – Psalm 103:5

Mom Prayers for a Struggling Child

​A Prayer for Darkness and Despair

Prayer for darkness and despair

Dear God, save my child from darkness and despair.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,” – Psalm 103:2, 4

Seeking God’s Forgiveness

Seeking Gods forgiveness

God, may my child seek your forgiveness for wrong doings.

“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” – Colossians 3:13

Restored and Strengthened

Restored and strengthened

Lord, may my child be restored and strengthened by You.

“And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” – 1 Peter 5:10

Persevere Through Challenges

Help my child persevere through challenges

Father, help my child persevere through challenges. 

“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.” – James 1:12

Mom Prayers for Our Children’s Faith

A Mom Prayer for My Child’s Heart

Prayer for my childs heart

 Father, I pray that each of my children love You with their full heart, soul, mind, and strength.

“And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” – Luke 10:27

For God’s Kingdom

For Gods kingdom

Father, help my children to know what you have uniquely equipped each one of them to do for your kingdom. 

“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.” – Ephesians 2:10

Give Your Peace

Give Your Peace

Father I pray You will replace my child’s fears, worries, and concerns about the future with Your peace.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7

Cover My Child

Cover My Child

Dear Lord, cover my child with Your love.

“Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” – Psalm 33:22

Open Our Ears

Open Our Ears

Holy Spirit, open my children’s ears to hear the message you have for them today. 

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” – Isaiah 30:21

Lifelong Faith

LIfelong faith

Father, I pray my child will have lifelong faith in you.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7

A Desire to Know God

A desire to know God

Father God, I pray that You would put within my child a desire to nurture their relationship with You.

“Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” – John 17:3

Mustard Seed of Faith

Mustard seed of faith

Father, I pray that the little mustard seed of faith in my child continues to grow.

“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” – Matthew 17:20

A Prayer for Everyday Life

A prayer for everyday life

Father, may my child discover You in every day life.

“I appeal to you therefore, brothers,by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:1-2


MOMLIFE TODAY encourages you to make prayer for your children an integral part of your everyday. We encourage you to make sunrise and sunset your reminder to be still, speak gratitude to the Lord and pray over your children. It is our joy to provide scripture based prayers for you to use and share with others.