Growing Through Prayer – Giving Our Children Back to God

Growing Through Prayer - Giving Our Children Back to God

October 15, 2018

Joanna Teigen

Lord, our children are gifts from you. We hold them close to our hearts and pour all we’ve got into their lives. As parents we find ourselves holding on to them so tightly, we forget they’re yours. Today we ask for courage to give our kids back to you.

We offer you our children as whole people—mind, body, and spirit. Teach them to think rightly about themselves and their place in this world. Fill them with wisdom and knowledge from your Word. Set them free from lies taking hold of their minds so they know they’re fully loved. Heal any damage or brokenness that hinders them from learning, growing, and thriving. Encourage their hearts so they find confidence and hope as your children.

Give each of our kids a new name. Craft their identity as sons and daughters of God. Call them to yourself as you write their names in your book of life. Enable them to recognize your voice calling to them as their loving Shepherd. Separate them from the crowd by their holiness and allegiance to you. Fill them with your Spirit so they look like Jesus. May they become young men and women after your own heart.

Do your necessary work in our kids’ lives to bring them to maturity. If they must suffer the consequences of their actions, keep us from interfering with your loving discipline. When they need to lay down something good for the better thing you hold for them, show us how to support their obedience. If they’re becoming entangled in sin or rebellion, make us faithful in grace and prayer. Do whatever you need to do to draw them to yourself.

Claim our son’s and daughter’s future. We accept your calling on their lives, no matter how far you ask them to go. Stir brave desires in their hearts to serve you no matter the cost. Challenge them to aim higher than mere money, popularity, or success can take them. Instead, clothe them in your spiritual armor for the battle of advancing your kingdom in this world. Let them experience your lavish love as you provide every spiritual blessing in their lives.

Thank you for our kids. They truly are a reward and a blessing from your hand. (Psalm 127:3,5) Take them, keep them, and use them for your glory. We love you. Amen.



“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’

Bring my sons from afar
and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”
(Isaiah 43:1, 5-7)





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  1. Deb

    This is a beautiful prayer. Letting our children go is hard. Letting them go knowing we are giving them to God brings peace.

    • Joanna Teigen

      Yes, it is so hard! God has us in a big season of letting go. It’s exciting, but my heart needs reassurance too. God is so kind to remind me he’s in control and loves them so much.

  2. Rachel Lee

    Beautiful prayers for our children. I pray for mine often, but I would like to incorporate a more routine schedule, with specific prayers from the Word, mapped out. This is a great place to start! 🙂

    • Joanna Teigen

      Thank you, Rachel! Praying for our kids has had more impact than anything else we’ve done as parents. So thankful for our God who loves them!

  3. Sharla Fanous

    Amen! We are only stewards over our children, they belong to Him.

  4. JoDitt

    What a beautiful and powerful prayer! Praying for your kids is such an important part of parenting, yet often so hard to do. Thanks for the encouragement and the example of how to do it.

  5. Katie McGowen

    Such wonderful words and a great reminder that we need to be handing them over to Him daily so we can better steward their hearts (and our own!)

  6. Veronica

    I am going throw a drug addiction and I ask for prayer cause I want to be set free so I can get my kids back from cps plz pray for me as I get help with my recovery.

    • Joanna Teigen

      You absolutely have our prayers! Asking God to deliver you from addiction and that you find strength, peace, and life in Jesus. Also praying for your children–we know being separated is painful for all of you. With God all things are possible.


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