As our babies grow into toddlers, their 24/7 need for our care and attention decreases. But their need for prayers never goes away. If anything, you need to pray over your toddler even more as they grow.
As mamas, seeing our babies start walking and talking and turning into their own little people is bittersweet. We love their bravery and curiosity and personalities, but we miss those newborn snuggles and all the teeny tiny fingers and toes. Changes are hard on a mama.
But rest assured, there is one thing that will never change, no matter how old your babies get: they need our prayers. Whether they’re still in your womb or having babies of their own, our charge as mothers is to cover our children in prayer. And what better way to pray than the very Word of God?
Pray for rest.
I will lie down and sleep peacefully, for You, Lord, make me safe and secure. – Psalm 4:8
A lot is changing in the toddler years. Their speech is developing, their sense of adventure is coming in strong, and they want to do all the things that grown ups do. So much development at once can make it hard to rest, which makes prayers for peace and rest so important.
Pray for strength of spirit.
And the child grew and become strong in spirit… – Luke 2:40
If, like me, you have what many would call a “spirited” little one, this prayer may make you nervous. But rest assured, we’re praying for the Holy Spirit here. God doesn’t give a junior version of the Holy Spirit. Our little ones can begin to be filled with and be strengthened by the same Spirit that guides us each and every day.
Pray for protection.
For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. – Psalm 91:11-12
Let’s face it; toddlers aren’t the most graceful beings. They get hurt…a lot. But the same God that protects you and I from the big dangers in life can protect our kids from the little dangers. Bumps and bruises may still come, but I want God’s angels lifting up my little one at all times.
Pray for anointing.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. – Isaiah 61:1
This verse is about more than praying for your child to become a carrier of the gospel. It’s about praying for an anointing of God to come upon your little one. It’s about praying that God’s love and power and purpose would begin to fill your child’s spirit and give them a passion for the gospel, even before they can even really understand it.
Pray for their salvation.
Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. – Hebrews 7:25
First off, let’s take a moment to realize that as you pray for your toddler, Jesus is doing the same. The Messiah Himself is interceding for your little one right along with you. Talk about power in prayer!
Our ultimate goal is for our kids to be saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Let’s start praying for that now. We know that Jesus saves, and we know that’s what we want. So pray for it. Pray that your kids would hear the gospel from your mouth, see it in your life, and want it for themselves.
Pray for their future.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight. – Proverbs 3:5-6
These little toddlers of ours are going to grow into future teachers, preachers, moms, dads, accountants, lawyers, and more. They have great things ahead of them, and we need to pray that God will always be the One to guide their path and keep them headed in the right direction.
Pray for blessings.
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. – Numbers 6:24-26
I want my little girl to be blessed. I want the Lord to keep her in His peace, to shine His face upon her and give her grace. I want Him to look toward her and fill her with the peace that passes all understanding. As a mama, I could want nothing more for my child. My husband and I speak and pray this over our daughter every morning, and I believe it has made all the difference.
Pray for life.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. – John 10:10
In the end, all I want for my daughter is for her to have abundant life through Christ, and the devil is out to ruin that. He’s out to take her captive and steal away everything we just prayed for: her blessings, her future, her anointing, and all the rest. But as mamas, we say no more. Not today. Not ever. Not from our babies.
Pray, mama. Pray hard. The devil wants to kill. He wants to steal. He wants to destroy. And he’s coming after your little one.
So get on your knees. Pray. Rise up. Pray. Go about your day. Pray.
Pray continually, always, never ceasing to lift up your little one to Christ. Do battle for their very soul.
There is no greater calling as a mother.
What verses do you pray over your toddler? Is there anything special that you pray over them regularly?
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