Plus 11 Apostolic Prayer Verses
Scripture not only provides us with Biblical language for our prayer times (aiding with the problem of not knowing what to say), it supplies us with ammunition in our fight against the enemy who seeks to steal, kill, and destroy our families. God’s Word is powerful! His Word in our mouths is just as powerful. And since we know that God fulfills every promise that He makes, filling ourselves up on Scripture bolsters our faith and strengthens us on the inside. So here are 33 Scriptures (Plus 11 Apostolic Prayers) you can use when praying for your children. (We use Scripture such as these during the Hedge Evening Watch. If you would like training and practice in praying with Scripture, check out HEW!)
1. Joshua 24:15
But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. NKJV
2. Deuteronomy 4:9
Only take heed to yourself, and diligently keep yourself, lest you forget the things your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. And teach them to your children and your grandchildren. NKJV
3. Psalm 18:50
You have appointed me king and rescued me
time and time again with your magnificent miracles.
You’ve been merciful and kind to me, your anointed one.
This favor will be forever seen upon your loving servant, David,
and to all my descendants! TPT
4. Psalm 22:30-31
A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this. NKJV
5. Psalm 33:11
The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations. NKJV
6. Psalm 37:26
Instead, I’ve found the godly ones
to be the generous ones who give freely to others.
Their children are blessed and become a blessing. TPT
7. Psalm 78:1-7
Beloved ones, listen to this instruction.
Open your heart to the revelation
of this mystery that I share with you.
2 A parable and a proverb are hidden in what I say—
an intriguing riddle from the past.
3–4 We’ve heard true stories from our fathers about our rich heritage.
We will continue to tell our children
and not hide from the rising generation
the great marvels of our God—
his miracles and power that have brought us all this far.
5 The story of Israel is a lesson in God’s ways.
He established decrees for Jacob and established the law in Israel,
and he commanded our forefathers to teach them to their children.
6 For perpetuity God’s ways will be passed down
from one generation to the next, even to those not yet born.
7 In this way, every generation will have a living faith in the laws of life
and will never forget the faithful ways of God. TPT
8. Psalm 79:13
So we, Your people and sheep of Your pasture,
Will give You thanks forever;
We will show forth Your praise to all generations. NKJV
9. Psalm 90:16-17
Let us see your miracles again, and let the rising generation see the glorious wonders you’re famous for.
17 O Lord our God, let your sweet beauty rest upon us
and give us favor.
Come work with us, and then our works will endure,
and give us success in all we do. TPT
10. Psalm 100:5
For the Lord is always good and ready to receive you.
He’s so loving that it will amaze you—
so kind that it will astound you!
And he is famous for his faithfulness toward all.
Everyone knows our God can be trusted,
for he keeps his promises to every generation! TPT
11. Psalm 102:28
Generation after generation our descendants will live securely, for you are the one protecting us, keeping us for yourself. TPT
12. Psalm 103:17-18
But Lord, your endless love stretches
from one eternity to the other,
unbroken and unrelenting toward those who fear you
and those who bow facedown in awe before you.
Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise you’ve made
passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren, and beyond.
18 You are faithful to all those who follow your ways
and keep your word. TPT
13. Psalm 112:2
Their descendants will be prosperous and influential.
Every generation of his godly lovers will experience his favor. TPT
14. Psalm 127:3
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward. NKJV
15. Psalm 128
Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
6 Yes, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel! NKJV
16. Psalm 144:12-15
Deliver us! Then our homes will be happy.
Our sons will grow up as strong, sturdy men
and our daughters with graceful beauty,
royally fashioned as for a palace.
13–14 Our barns will be filled to the brim,
overflowing with the fruits of our harvest.
Our fields will be full of sheep and cattle,
too many to count,
and our livestock will not miscarry their young.
Our enemies will not invade our land,
and there’ll be no breach in our walls.
15 What bliss we experience when these blessings fall!
The people who love and serve our God will be happy indeed! TPT
17. Proverbs 11:21
Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished;
But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered. NKJV
18. Proverbs 14:26
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,
And His children will have a place of refuge. NKJV
19. Proverbs 23:24-25
When a father observes his child living in godliness,
he is ecstatic with joy—nothing makes him prouder!
25 So may your father’s heart burst with joy
and your mother’s soul be filled with gladness because of you. TPT
20. Isaiah 38:19-20
The living, the living man, he shall praise You,
As I do this day;
The father shall make known Your truth to the children.
20 “The Lord was ready to save me;
Therefore we will sing my songs with stringed instruments
All the days of our life, in the house of the Lord.” NKJV
21. Isaiah 44:3-5
For I will pour water on him who is thirsty,
And floods on the dry ground;
I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,
And My blessing on your offspring;
4 They will spring up among the grass
Like willows by the watercourses.’
5 One will say, ‘I am the Lord’s’;
Another will call himself by the name of Jacob;
Another will write with his hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
And name himself by the name of Israel. NKJV
22. Isaiah 51:8
But My righteousness will be forever,
And My salvation from generation to generation. NKJV
23. Isaiah 54:13
All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children. NKJV
24. Isaiah 59:21
“As for Me,” says the Lord, “this is My covenant with them: My Spirit who is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,” says the Lord, “from this time and forevermore.” NKJV
25. Jeremiah 24:7
Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. NKJV
26. Jeremiah 32:38-40
They shall be My people, and I will be their God; 39 then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. 40 And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. NKJV
27. Luke 1:50
And His mercy is on those who fear Him
From generation to generation. NKJV
28. Luke 24:45
He supernaturally unlocked their understanding to receive the revelation of the Scriptures. TPT
29. John 4:42
We no longer believe just because of what you told us, but now we’ve heard him ourselves and are convinced that he really is the true Savior of the world! TPT
30. John 6:44a
The only way people come to me is by the Father who sent me—he pulls[a on their hearts to embrace me. TPT
31. Acts 2:17-18
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God,
That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
Your young men shall see visions,
Your old men shall dream dreams.
18 And on My menservants and on My maidservants
I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
And they shall prophesy. NKJV
32. Acts 3:25
And you are heirs of their prophecies and of the covenants God made with your fathers when he promised Abraham, ‘Your descendants will bring blessing to all the people on the earth.’ TPT
33. Acts 16:31
They answered, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and all your family.” TPT
A powerful tool to use when praying for anyone, including your children, is the prayers the apostles prayed in Scripture, commonly referred to as “apostolic prayers.” We know that these prayers align perfectly with God’s will, and therefore they are prayers that get answered!
(The following are all in the NKJV.)
1. Ephesians 1:17-19
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
2. Ephesians 3:16-19
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
3. Philippians 1:9-11
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment, 10 that you may approve the things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ, 11 being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
4. Colossians 1:9-12
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
5. Romans 15:5-6
Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
6. 1 Thessalonians 3:12-13
And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, 13 so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints.
7. 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify[a] you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
8. 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12
Therefore we also pray always for you that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His goodness and the work of faith with power, 12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
9. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, 2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. 4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, both that you do and will do the things we command you.
5 Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
10. 1 Corinthians 1:4-8
I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, 5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all [a]utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed [b]in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
11. Acts 4:29-31
Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.”
31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.