We have been given the privilege of praying for others. This means that we can pray for our children with confidence. Here are some ideas for praying for your children who are not followers of Christ. Adapt them according to the gender and situation. (Substitute “she/her/hers” for “he/him/his” where appropriate.)
Presupposition: What unbelievers need first and foremost is salvation. Without that, they cannot please God no matter how well-behaved they are (Rom. 8:8).
- Thanksgiving to the Lord for each of your children. Praise for His sovereignty, wisdom, and love shown in placing each member into your family for His good purpose toward those who love Him and for His glory (Rom. 8:28-29)
- That God would draw him/her to Himself, that he would listen to the Word and respond with repentance, faith, and submission (John 6:44; Rom. 10:14)
- That the child would be convicted of sin, righteousness, and judgment, to be persuaded of the need of the Savior (John 16:8)
- That God would grant him repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth that he may come to his senses and escape from the snare of the devil (which is deception that keeps him trapped him in unbelief) (2 Tim. 2:25-26)