Short Prayers for Children: 20 Powerful

By David •  Updated: 06/06/22 •  11 min read

The Scripture says that children are a blessing from the Lord. They are God’s precious gifts to any parent and proof of love in many marriages. So, it is natural to constantly worry about your children’s safety and welfare.

For where a man’s treasure is, there will his heart be also. However, instead of living in worry, it is wiser to commit your children to God’s loving hands. Constantly worrying over them will do no good for your health or your children.

Therefore, I recommend prayers. I have written some short prayers for children for you, which are at the same time very powerful. Additionally, they are simple; hence, you can pray for them anywhere or anytime.

Below are Short Prayers for Children

  1.   Prayer for Children.

Psalm 37:25-26 (NIV) – I was young, and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed.

Heavenly Father, I appreciate you for the precious gifts you have given me of my children.

They are my world, my pride, and my joy. I pray this day that you open the windows of heaven and pour out your blessings upon them.

Lord, let your blessings be upon them in the morning, day, and night.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Mental Health.

Isaiah 26:3 (NIV) – You will keep in Perfect Peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in you.

Dear Prince of Peace, I am fearful of the high rate of mental health issues in adolescents. And I request that you keep my kids in a stable state of mind.

Preserve and protect their minds from internal and external influences that may threaten their mental health.

Father Lord, I also ask that you keep them in your perfect peace, where they will be unmoved by the daily negative things around them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Safety.

Psalm 91:1-2 (NIV) – He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. He will say to the Lord, he is my refuge and fortress, my God, in whom I trust.

Gracious God, be a covering over my children in a time when violence has become the order of the day.

I pray that they will dwell securely in the shadow of your wings. In their going out and coming in, let your presence lead them. By your mighty hands, save and keep them from violent men.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for my Children’s Protection.

Psalm 91:15 (NIV) – He will call upon my name, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

Abba Father, I request that you please keep and protect my children from all harm in your mercy.

May your watchful eyes be upon them in school and on the playgrounds. Keep them away from accidents that claim lives or cause severe damage.

Lastly, let your mercy deliver them from trouble.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Children’s Prayer for Joy.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) – Be Joyful Always. Pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for me in Christ Jesus.

Dear Holy Spirit, one fruit you produce in believers is joy. Therefore, I ask that you come into my children’s lives and fill them with the joy of the Holy Ghost.

Always give them a cheerful heart in all things. Lord, I also ask that you cause them to rejoice always because your word says that this is God’s will for them.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Children’s Prayer for New School Year.

Proverbs 22:29 (NIV) – Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.

Righteous God, thank you for the holidays and the start of another school year. Please give my children grace for the new school year and diligence to focus on their studies.

Keep them away from evil companions and provide them with the wisdom to choose their friends correctly.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Children’s Prayer for Nightmare.

Proverbs 3:24 (NIV) – When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

Dear Peace Giver, it’s time for the kids to lay their sleepy heads and retire for the day.

So, I pray that their sleep will be peaceful and their dreams sweet. In Jesus’ name, I declare that they will not have nightmares in their sleep.

Cause them to sleep soundly like babies in your loving embrace.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Parent’s Prayer for Children’s Education.

Psalm 20:7 (NIV) – Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we will trust in the name of the Lord our God.

Everlasting Father, I’m grateful to you because I can afford to send my children to school as a parent.

I ask that you help them make good use of this opportunity. Please help them to stay focused in school and to excel in their academics.

Also, bless their efforts in school and crown them with success.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for a Child not Doing Well in School.

Philippians 4: 13 (NIV) – I can do everything through him who gives me strength.

Almighty God, I commit ___, who has been struggling in his academics.

I ask that the doors of academic excellence will open to him. Give him the willingness to learn and a retentive memory to understand what he is taught.

Let the Holy Spirit give him an understanding of all things taught in school.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

also Related: 17 Mighty Prayers for Your Children.

  1. Prayer for Child Going Down the Wrong Path.

Proverbs 14:12 (NIV) – There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end, it leads to death.

Merciful God, your word says that evil communication corrupts good manners.

I raised ___ to be a lovely and godly young woman, but she has been influenced negatively. Now, I can barely recognize her when I look at her.

Dear Lord, please assist her in retracing her steps and setting her on the right path in life. Bring her out from bad company and surround her with godly people.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Child Going into Surgery.

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV) – So do not fear, for I am with you: do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Mighty Redeemer, this is a difficult time not just for my child but for me also.

But I look to you, holding onto your promise to save and uphold my son. Take control as he goes in for his surgery and make the surgery successful.

Above all, may his healing be quick, and his health restored.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Child Going to College.

2 Peter 1:3 (NIV) – His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Heavenly Father, I am such a happy and proud parent today. My baby girl is finally done with high school and is packing up for college.

Thank you for guiding her through high school, and I know you will guide her through college.

Lord, be with her and help her maximize and not abuse the freedom of college life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children Going Back to School.

Isaiah 11:2 (NIV) – The spirit of the Lord will rest on him- the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and power, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord.

Dear God, I humbly request that your spirit rests upon my children as they return to school.

Release the spirit of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding on them for academic excellence.

Put in them the fear and love of God and let it pattern their actions and decisions.

Lastly, give them a sound mind and make them mentally ready for the school year.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Education.

Daniel 6:3 (NIV) – Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.

Everlasting God, I commit my children’s education into your hands.

I ask that you release the spirit of excellence upon them and distinguish them from their peers. Fill them with wisdom and understanding to be ten times better than their equals.

I also pray that your grace will be sufficient for them always, especially in subjects they find difficult.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) – For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Sovereign Lord, I’m very grateful to you because I know that you have a bright future planned for my children.

And I ask that you reveal these plans to them and cause them to align themselves to these plans. I also request that you order their steps according to your will and lead them on straight paths.

Give them the grace to be focused and undistracted in pursuing their dreams. Above all, help them not relent until they achieve their goals and aspirations.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Graduation.

Daniel 1:20 (NIV) – In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.

Lord Jesus, indeed, better is the end of a thing than the beginning.

You have made this day; we rejoice and are glad in it. As my kids graduate this day, I pray that you will take them to greater heights.

Lord, I also ask that you give them the wisdom for the next level of their lives. Cause your face to shine upon them and favor them in all their endeavors.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Growth.

Luke 2:40 (NIV) – And the child grew and became strong, he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.

Awesome God, as my children grow older each day, please help them grow in wisdom and stature too.

May they grow not just physically but mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Most importantly, I ask that they grow into maturity, lacking in nothing.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Children’s Success in Exam.

Psalm 121: (NIV) – I lift up my eyes to the hills – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Faithful God, my children have studied hard and prepared for their forthcoming exams. Give them retentive memories to remember all they read and the grace to articulate their ideas properly.

Father, I pray that their exams will be successful and smooth. Lastly, I ask that you crown their efforts with dumbfounding success.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Neglected Child.

John 14:18 (NIV) – I will not leave you, orphans, I will come to you.

Compassionate God, your word says that you will take care of us when our fathers and mothers abandon us.

Therefore, I commit ____, who is hurting from neglect, into your hands. I ask that you take care of him and send love his way.

Give me the grace to do my part in loving and caring for him too. Bless me that I will be a blessing to this child.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

  1. Prayer for Nervous Child.

Philippians 4:6 (NIV)Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you because you have not given my child the spirit of fear.

By your Spirit, you gave him boldness and power and filled him with love. Therefore, I ask that your love will cast out the fear that causes him to be nervous and anxious always.

Dear Lord, envelope him in your love and peace.

In Jesus’

Conclusion

If you prayed these short prayers for children, you have done one of the most powerful things any parent can do.

Prayer is always a potent weapon because those who call on the Lord are never put to shame.

David

Is an Ordained Minister and Life Coach. He is an ordained minister since 1988. Shortly after receiving Jesus as his personal savior, he answered the call to ministry.