The most foundational and fundamental thing we can pray for our kids is to KNOW GOD and accept His gift of salvation through the blood of Jesus. Without a solid view of who God is, our kids will never put much stock in who He says they are or what path He says they should be on.
Our kids are growing up in a culture increasingly antagonistic toward God and rebelling against the path of Jesus as the only way, truth, and life. The prevailing belief is along the lines of “your truth is your truth, and my truth is my truth…do whatever works for you...you are the boss of you.”
This is not truth at all, but we shouldn’t be surprised it is the mantra of the day. Jesus and the apostles warned there would be many false teachers among us seeking to distort the truth of who God is; seeking to tell us exactly what we want to hear instead of what God says is true.
It takes intentional effort to know God and His perfect gift of salvation. We want to pray for our kids to know Him and experience freedom and restoration through Jesus.
What comes to mind when we think about God is the most important thing about us.
God, please place a desire in _________________ to know You. Let (him/her) know You deep in (his/her) soul…not simply facts about You, but a genuine relationship WITH YOU. Place in (him/her) a love for Your Word and Your Truth.
Open _______________ ‘s heart to the fact that (he/she) is a sinner in need of a Savior and Your Son is that Savior. Help (him/her) to fully know the depth of (his/her) depravity without Your saving grace. Let (him/her) embrace the freedom that comes from Your salvation and restoration.
Continue to passionately and persistently pursue _______________ throughout the course of (his/her) life. Let (him/her) know that You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and ever-present. When things are good, You are there. When things are bad, You are there. There isn’t a time or place You won’t be near. God, let _____________ find comfort in these truths.
Let (him/her) know that You are a good, good Father. That You can be trusted. That in You and with You (he/she) can do ALL things. Let ___________________ seek Your glory above (his/her) own.
Let (him/her) know that You are patient, kind, merciful, trustworthy, full of grace, slow to anger, quick to forgive, and above all that YOU ARE LOVE. You keep Your promises and You cannot lie.
Let (him/her) know that YOU ARE ENOUGH. Shield (him/her) from the lies of the devil that the world has something more – something better – to offer.
Let _________________ know that You are worthy of praise, adoration, worship, and awesome fear. When times are hard – and they will be – let __________________ turn to You for wisdom, guidance, comfort, and peace.
Help (him/her) know that you are in control of all things. That You are on the winning side. That You love (him/her) so much You sent Your son to die for (him/her). That You are worth following, obeying, and submitting to in all things.
God, let _______________ KNOW AND LOVE YOU deeply and personally. Let (him/her) treasure Your Word and Your commandments. Let (him/her) enjoy a beautiful relationship with You throughout (his/her) life.
Tips for Parents
Make knowing God a regular and consistent part of your life with your kids. Find a great devotional to read together each day or simply read through a book of the Bible a little at a time and talk about what you are reading. The …but God app has a Bible tab with the option to have verses read to you and also includes a Bible reading plan.
Below are a few of our favorite devotionals for children and teens:
God’s Word will guide you
Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105
Pursue knowledge of Jesus
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 3:18
God’s Word is useful
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God’s Word is alive and active
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Submit to God
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
To know God is eternal life
And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3
Seek God and you will find Him
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me. Proverbs 8:17
Scripture about who God is
God is love
Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8
God is the creator of all things
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
God is creative
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1
God will fight for me
for the Lord your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory. Deuteronomy 20:4
God will be near to me
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. James 4:8
God is a promise keeper
For the Lord your God is a merciful God. He will not leave you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers that he swore to them. Deuteronomy 4:31
God is not partial
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe. Deuteronomy 10:17
God’s ways are perfect
For you are my lamp, O Lord, and my God lightens my darkness. For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall. This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. 2 Samuel 22:29-31
God does not lie
God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19
God is light
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1 John 1:5
God provides a way to escape temptation
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
God is patient
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9
God gives good gifts
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights James 1:17a
God never changes
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17b
God loves me
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
God will provide for me
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26
God’s ways are perfect
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him. Psalm 18:30
God is my rock and refuge
For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? This God is my strong refuge and has made my way blameless. 2 Samuel 22:32-33
God will give me wisdom
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5
There is no one like God!
Who is like the Lord our God… Psalm 113:5a
"Roman Road" Gospel Presentation
The Bible is an account of God’s plan for Salvation. The entire Bible points to Jesus and tells this story. The “Roman Road” to salvation is a selection of Bible passages from Romans that presents the Gospel of salvation through faith in Jesus. It is a simple and powerful way of explaining the good news. If you are marking up a Bible to share with your child or preparing a journal for them, this Q&A with passages from Romans is extremely powerful.
Q: I consider myself a “good person”…won’t that be enough?
as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; -Romans 3:10
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God - Romans 3:23
Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—Romans 5:12
Q: Is sin really THAT much of a problem? What is the big deal?
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23
Q: Why would Jesus willingly die in my place?
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
Q: How can I be saved?
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. - Romans 10:9-10
Q: Does this count for ME?
…everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. - Romans 10:13
Q: What is the result of salvation? What does it mean for me?
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. - Romans 5:1-2
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. -Romans 8:1
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 8:38-39
For by grace you have been saved through faith.