Parents pray for their daughters because they love them. The kind of love that most parents hold for their children is a sacrificial kind of love that always seeks the well-being of their daughters. Parents do everything they can to seek the well-being of their daughter. They may cook healthy foods to ensure their child’s health, bring or fetch their daughters to make sure they’re safe at all times, and so much more. However, while parents strive to do everything they can to seek the well-being of their daughters, they are limited. One example is that they cannot be with their daughters 24/7. That is why Christian parents always pray to God regarding the well-being of their daughters. It is an act of humility before God to depend on God regarding the well-being of their daughters. God is the one who is all-powerful, all-knowing, and the one who governs the universe. It is only fitting that parents rely on God regarding the health and safety of their daughters.
In my distress I called upon the Lord, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
King David is an excellent example in terms of relying on God. King David’s worries and fears were far greater than what you will encounter as a parent. We are talking about armies chasing and surrounding him, all of whom wanted to take his life. However, in times of distress, he didn’t try to take matters into his own hands and relied on what he knew he could do. Despite being proficient in war, he depended on God and cried out to Him.
How do you pray over your child?
When you pray for your child or daughter, one of the things you can do is use the Scriptures. For example, let’s say the scriptures are from Proverbs 9:10, where it says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, or from Proverbs 4:26-27, where it teaches us to always turn our feet away from evil. You can use these verses and apply them as you pray for your daughter.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.
27 Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
Here is an example of how you can pray in this way for your daughter:
Father in heaven, You are the God of wisdom, who gives wisdom to those who seek it. I pray for my daughter that she will always seek wisdom from You, who generously gives to those who ask. I pray that she will always delight in the fear of You and that she shall always hate evil and turn her feet away from it. May she always ponder the path of her feet, a path of righteousness, and may she never swerve away from it. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
The best prayers we can pray are from the Scriptures. When we pray the Scriptures, we are praying according to God’s will. If we pray according to God’s will, we are confident that God hears our prayers and will answer them. However, you must make sure that you are not taking the Bible verse out of context and applying it however you like. Another thing to remember is that only when we have a renewed mind can we pray for acceptable, good, and pleasing things to God. To have a renewed mind is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. However, that also means that we always have to read God’s word and meditate on them. Only then can we discern that which is acceptable and pleasing in the eyes of God and pray for those things. For example, if your daughter wants a new phone, even if she has a good one, it is something that is not acceptable or pleasing to God because it means not being content with what you have. However, praying for your daughter to be content in Christ and not consumed with earthly things, but rather with the things above, is a prayer that is undoubtedly acceptable and pleasing to God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 John 5:14
And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
If your daughter is not yet a Christian, the most important thing you can pray for is her salvation. You can pray for provision, protection, favor, and many things for her, but it will never save her from eternal death. In the end, Christ is the one whom everyone ultimately needs. Of course, this shows that you, as a parent, should also disciple your daughter. As you disciple your daughter, you can pray for the Holy Spirit to work in her heart, such that He will turn her heart of stone to a heart of flesh and open her spiritually blinded eyes. Salvation is of God and from God. It is the LORD’s work in a person’s heart. Our confidence is that when God works in the heart of your daughter, His grace will irresistible, so she will repent and follow Christ.
A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost
You can use this prayer as a guide for how you can pray for your daughter’s salvation:
Holy Spirit, You cause regeneration to happen in the hearts of the spiritually dead. I pray for You to turn my daughter’s heart of stone to a heart of flesh and open her spiritual eyes so that she may see Christ, repent, and believe in the person and work of Christ. I pray that the Gospel shall grow in her heart and that it shall bear fruit. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
How do I bless my daughter?
The best blessings you can offer your daughter are still found in the Scriptures. Praying for your daughter and blessing her using the Scriptures are very similar. For example, if you want to bless your daughter to become fruitful, you can use the verses from John 15:1-5 that talk about Jesus being the vine, in whom we can bear fruit, or Galatians 5:22-23, which tells us about the fruit of the Spirit, and James 2:18, which teaches us about showing our faith through the good works that we do.
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
As you bless your daughter to become fruitful, here is how you can use these Scriptures to bless her:
God of grace, only Your grace at work in us enables us to grow in our faith. May my daughter always abide in Your Son, Jesus Christ, and bear fruit. I pray that the fruit of the Spirit will become more evident in her life and that her faith shall also be apparent through the good works that she does. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
The key things to remember as you pray for your daughter are to pray according to God’s will, pray with a renewed mind, and always incline yourself to God’s word. The most important thing you can pray for is her salvation, if she is not yet a believer, and grace for her to persevere in the faith if she is already a believer. Whatever worries you have regarding your daughter, you can cast them all to God, who cares for you always.