Prayers for children’s ministry are always vital. But at the start of a new year, you can resolve to renew praying daily for your kidmin program.
What better time to get into a new rhythm of prayer than when you’re ringing in the new year? One beautiful thing about the Bible is the prayers in Paul’s letters for the early church. With a few wording changes, these can inspire you to pray for your church’s children’s ministry!
We’ve taken 29 prayers from Paul (plus some bonus verses from Jude and Psalms) and paraphrased them to be daily prayers for children and your ministry leadership. Read through the list or download this free calendar! Then pray through the list each month this year.
31 Prayers for Children’s Ministry Programs
Prayers for Children’s Ministry From Ephesians 1
1. Ephesians 1:15-16a
God, I thank you for the faith in Jesus children in my church have shown, and their love for your people.
2. Ephesians 1:16b-17
I pray for the children in my ministry constantly, asking you, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give those children spiritual wisdom and insight so that they might grow in their knowledge of you, God.
3. Ephesians 1:18
I pray that children’s hearts be flooded with light so that they can understand the confident hope you have given to those you called—your holy children who are your rich and glorious inheritance.
4. Ephesians 1:19-21
I also pray that children will understand the incredible greatness of your power when they believe in you. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at your right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.
5. Ephesians 1:22-23
God, I praise you because you have put all things under the authority of Christ and made him head over all things for the benefit of the church, including our children’s ministry. Our group of children is your body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.
Prayers for Children’s Ministry From Ephesians 3 & 6
6. Ephesians 3:14-16
When I think of what Christ has done to unite us, and what he has called me to in ministry, I fall to my knees and pray to you, Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from your glorious, unlimited resources you will empower me with inner strength through your Spirit, to teach your children with excellence.
7. Ephesians 3:17
Jesus, make your home in children’s hearts as they trust in you. Give them roots that grow down into God’s love and keep them strong.
8. Ephesians 3:18
May children have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is.
9. Ephesians 3:19
May children experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then may they be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you, God.
10. Ephesians 3:20-21
Now all glory to you, God. You are able, through your mighty power at work within our children’s ministry team, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to you in our children’s ministry and in Christ Jesus through this generation we lead, and all generations forever and ever! Amen.
11. Ephesians 6:19-20
And God, I pray for myself. Give me the right words so I can boldly explain your mysterious plan that the Good News is for children and grown-ups alike. No matter what happens, I pray that I will keep on speaking boldly for you, as I should.