I must confess that praying scripture is something new to me and these Bible verses to pray over your daughter have opened up a whole new experience.
I’ve always prayed, but it wasn’t until recently that I discovered that I don’t always have to come up with the words myself (and if you’ve ever been in a bad place, you know the words don’t always come). Now that I’ve embraced praying scripture over my own life, I am turning to praying it over the lives of my kids. If you are looking for a way to strengthen your prayer life and connect with both God and your children, this might be your answer.
These Bible verses to pray over your daughter are divided into three categories:
- Prayer for my daughter’s protection
- Prayer for my daughter to give her strength
- Prayers for my grown daughter
Before we jump into these Bible verses to pray over your daughter, let’s first talk about how to pray verses over our children and over our lives as well.
How do You Pray Scripture Over Your Child?
Scripture is full of instruction, guidance, stories to teach us, and promises. I have found myself overlooking the promises in the past as if they didn’t actually belong to me BUT they do!
The Bible is the living word of God, these verses relate to us in every season of life and when you pause and apply it to your life something amazing happens. You may become convicted or encouraged or empowered.
By taking Bible verses and praying them, we transition from reading to believing and acting upon.
One night I was exhausted and fell into bed crying. I felt overwhelmed, frustrated, and emotional. Life wasn’t particularly painful, but it wasn’t going well either. I didn’t have the words to pray about it because I wasn’t exactly sure what to pray.
The next morning while snuggled in my fleece blanket, coffee in hand, I tried to pray and confessed that I needed help but I didn’t know how to ask for it. The Psalms held a beautiful expression of prayer that said what was in my heart as if I had written the words myself.
But I am poor and needy; Yet the Lord thinks upon me. You are my help and my deliverer; Do not delay, O my God. (Psalm 40:17)
Yes! I was feeling needy! Lord, deliver me from this frustration.
To read the whole story in more detail definitely check out “Why Praying the Psalms is a Blessing and How to Go About It”
So, the idea behind praying scripture over you daughter is simple. Find a verse that fits what your heart desires for her and pray the verse, using God’s words, and standing on them in faith.
For example, if I were to use my above verse for someone, I might pray, “Dear Lord, ____ is poor and needy, they don’t see how much they need you and what a mess they are making trying to live life without you. You alone can help them. Deliver them today, do not delay. Show them in a big way that you are here for them and can save them from their situation.”
There is power in speaking God’s words back to Him.
Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Daughter
While you may have a specific situation in mind that your daughter is struggling with or you simply want her to grow up to serve God with her whole heart, you can pray whatever verse you find applies. Here are a few to get you started.
One more note. Don’t pray these just once. Pray them over and over. I also suggest you grab a notebook and a pen and write these verses down and when you prayed them. Years from now you will look back and see how God answered the prayers in ways you could have never foreseen.
Prayer for My Daughter’s Protection
When we pause and think about all of the terrible things that happen around us we can become overwhelmed. Tornadoes destroying buildings, killing dozens. A drunk driver hitting you head-on, paralyzing your son. Then there is my own story of losing my beautiful little girl at 8 years old in a freak accident.
Danger is all around us. As a boy mom, I’m constantly checking and wondering to myself, “is that safe?” or “is this going to end badly?”. As a mom of daughters, we think of terrible things like rape, muggings, and boyfriends hitting them.
My greatest fear is losing another child and every day, multiple times a day, I have to give it to the Lord. I cannot be there to protect them every second. I can not foresee what is coming or peril that is around the corner. These prayers have become my relief from anxiety as I put my children into God’s very capable hands.
But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3)
Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)
When wisdom enters your heart, and knowledge is pleasant to your soul, discretion will preserve you, understanding will keep you. (Proverbs 2:10-11)
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.
For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; with favor You will surround him as with a shield. (Psalm 5:11-12)
May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble; may the name of the God of Jacob defend you; (Psalm 20:1)
And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. (John 10:28-29)
Prayer for My Daughter to Give Her Strength
Life is hard! You know it is. Sometimes I look at my kids and worry about everything they will go through and all the trials that will come their way. I want to beg God to save them from the hurt, to make life good for them.
However, looking back over my own life, I have to admit that all of those painful seasons that found me sobbing in the middle of the night, confused and angry, built in me a faith that can never be shattered. The kind of faith that makes satan shake because he knows that he cannot destroy me.
So, as much as it hurts my heart, rather than praying that God makes everything good for my kids, I pray that He gives them strength. Strength to fight the spiritual battles that they do not see, faith to stand strong against the evils of the world. I pray that God give them strength to make it through the hurts that are sure to come their way. I pray that God makes Himself known in that strength that they know they are never alone.
For the Lord your God is He who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:4)
My soul melts from heaviness;
Strengthen me according to Your word. (Psalm 119:28)
This verse talks about peace and at first, I wasn’t going to include it in this round-up of Bible verses to pray over your daughter, but there is strength in peace. To have true peace means to weather the storm safely in God’s arms. That is the strength we want our daughters to have. When everything around them is falling apart, they are standing strong because they have the peace of mind that comes from God alone.
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; (Psalm 18:1-2)
But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Lord, may our daughters find their strength in you! May they mount up on wings as eagles and be carried through the hard times in life. May you give them the strength to walk through the trials and difficult times and may they grow in your love and grace as they rely on you.
Prayers for My Grown Daughter
The early days of parenting are new and exciting and exhausting! At every stage, they change and I find myself scratching my head once again. Parenting grown children must be the same. You are in a different stage of life from when you changed their diapers, cheered at their soccer games, and prayed for safety as they learned to drive.
As adults, our daughters need our prayers more than ever as they navigate life. I really like this post by Empty Nest Blessed. She has great examples or praying Bible verses over adult children.
Lord, guide our daughters with your love and grace. Show them your truth as they make their own way, always leading them back to you when they go astray. May they stand strong in the faith, grow along with their children, and find peace in your warm embrace.
Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)
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, 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. (Ephesians 1:17-18)
that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. (Ephesians 3:16-19)
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; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; (Colossians 1:9-11)
Goodness knows this world needs Jesus and even in the church there are many that are left hurting and in need of God’s love. May our children grow up to be the light, shining God’s love to everyone.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works. (Hebrews 10:24)
I was recently made aware (actually, God kinda whacked me upside the head) with this verse in Proverbs 31. I laughed when I came across it because I was having a really bad attitude about all of the cooking I was doing for my growing family. I dislike cooking. You can read the full story in “15 Bible Verses about Serving: and How They Made Me a Better Mom” but here is the verse God gave me.
She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants. (Proverbs 31:15)
While the virtuous woman is a lot to live up to, several verses do stand out that we want to pray over our daughters, knowing that these characteristics are not only pleasing to God but make a well-rounded beautiful woman.
Strength and honor are her clothing;
She shall rejoice in time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
And on her tongue is the law of kindness. (Proverbs 31:25-26)
Her children rise up and call her blessed;
Her husband also, and he praises her:
“Many daughters have done well,
But you excel them all.”
Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing,
But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised. (Proverbs 31:28-30)
For more prayers to pray over your adult daughter, check out “How to Pray for Your Adult Children: 8 Powerful Prayers“.
One Last Bible Verse to Pray Over Your Daughter
I’m going to leave you with one last Bible verse to pray over your daughter. May your prayer life grow as you pray these verses.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:11-13)
I would love for you to share your thoughts and experiences about praying scripture over your children in the comments below.