It is written in the Bible that we should pray for other people (1 Timothy 2:1), (Ephesians 6:18). Prayer should be motivated by love (1 Corinthians 16:14). However, when it comes to our parents, we love them and pray for them because they are special to us simply because they are our parents, our family. For sure, our parents are praying for us all the time because they love us. We, as their sons/daughters, should also do the same.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would always stir up the desire in my heart to pray selflessly for other people and their well-being. Give me the grace to always cover my parents, whom I love, in prayers. Let everything I do for them, even the prayers that I pray for them, be done in love. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
What does the Bible say about your parents?
The Bible tells us about the responsibilities of parents. For example, fathers are there to protect their families, provide for them, lead them, and take care of their families’ well-being (1 Corinthians 11:3), (1 Peter 3:7), (1 Timothy 5:8). Fathers should be the head of every family. They are there to instruct their children in the ways of the LORD and to discipline them (Proverbs 22:6), (Proverbs 1:8-9), (Ephesians 6:4). Fathers are the spiritual heads of their families, just as Christ is the head of the church. Therefore, they are to set a good example and reflect God’s character.
On the other hand, mothers are there to love and take care of their husbands and children (Titus 2:4–5). They are helpers of our fathers (Genesis 2:18). When we say helper, that isn’t to say they are maids but partners of our fathers; their role is different but complements our fathers’ role. Mothers also teach us, discipline us, and nurture us (Ephesians 5:1–2), (Ephesians 4:29–32), (Proverbs 13:24), (Deuteronomy 4:10). Our parents are responsible for raising us to become people who know the LORD and walk in His ways. They are there to provide us with an environment where we are affirmed, secure, and loved. Being a parent is not easy. That is why we should love, respect, and honor our parents as well as obey them (Ephesians 6:1-2).
Knowing the things that your parents have been doing for you, one of the things that you can pray to God for your parents is a prayer of thanksgiving, in which you thank God for your parents’ lives and that He blessed you with such parents.
You can pray this prayer as you thank God for your parents:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for blessing me with my parents. I thank You for the life of my father, who has been working hard to provide for my family and me. He also protects us, leads us, and always takes care of our well-being as a family. I also thank You for the life of my mother, who has always been there to nurture me and take care of the family and me. My parents have been showing me that I am loved and affirmed. I thank You for all the wisdom, discipline, teaching, and instructions that my parents have been giving me. Give me the grace, Father, to respond in love, gratitude, and respect toward my parents for everything they have done for me. Help me never to do anything that would cause them sadness. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How can I pray for my parents?
One of the ways to show your love and appreciation to your parents is by praying for them. Here are some prayers that you can pray for your parents:
For blessings upon them:
Heavenly Father, I pray for my parents, that You would reward them and bless them even more for all the things that they have sacrificed to provide for me. I pray that You would prosper the work of their hands and that their work shall bear much fruit. Bless them a hundredfold for what they have blessed me with, Father. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
For good health:
Heavenly Father, I pray for good health for my parents. I pray for more years upon them in which they can see more of Your faithfulness and You can use them more as Your instruments for Your kingdom. Protect them, Father, from any sickness and diseases, and give them the grace and discipline as well, Father, to take good care of their health. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If your parents are going through tough times:
Heavenly Father, I pray that You would pour out the graces that my parents need as they go through a season of hardship. Remind them, Father, that they can still live a dynamic and victorious life through Christ Who strengthens them even in times of hardships. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If your parents are not yet Christians, the best thing you can pray for them is to know Jesus and surrender their lives to Him. Here is how you can pray for this:
Heavenly Father, I pray for an opportunity for my parents to hear the Gospel of Jesus. Open their eyes, Father, that they may see the grace and mercy that You have given us through the work of Christ on the cross; that in Christ they can have forgiveness of their sins and eternal life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
If we want to honor God, we have to respect, love, and honor our parents. We have to obey and listen to what our parents are teaching us because these things are for our good. Whenever they discipline us, they do it not because they hate us but because they love us. They will not discipline us for our good if they don’t love us. One of the things you can ask God for is to open your eyes to everything your parents have been doing for you. We also have to remember that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. In the end, we always look for divine perfection in God alone.