My youngest daughter and I attended a mother-daughter retreat a couple of weeks ago. In addition to making 35 sets of pretty Bible memory cards for girls’ goodie bags, I was also tasked with speaking on the topic of prayer during our final evening together.
We discussed the importance of prayer, the power of prayer, and the specifics of prayer. And then I passed out a couple of brand new prayer guides I designed for the occasion, including this Prayer for My Daughter.
Here are some of the prayers I pray most earnestly and consistently for all my girls. I’m sharing it here, in case you want to use it as a guide for praying for your daughters, as well.
NOTE: For a printable version of this prayer, scroll to the bottom of the post and click the download button. To read the scriptural support for the prayer, just click on any of the linked Bible verses below.
A Prayer for My Daughter
D is for Direction
LORD, give my daughter a deep desire to know and follow you. Lead her in the path of righteousness for Your name’s sake. May she trust in You with all her heart, looking to You for direction and acknowledging You in all her ways. Keep her on the straight and narrow path. John 10:27; Psalm 23:3; Proverbs 3:5-6; Matthew 7:14
A is for Affections
God, teach my daughter to take delight in serving You, and allow it to shape the desires of her heart. May she set her affections on things above. Guard her against the lust of flesh, lust of the eyes, boastful pride, and anything else that would pervert or misplace her affections. Psalm 37:4; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:15-16
U is for Understanding
LORD, cultivate in my daughter a spirit of discernment. Grant her wisdom & understanding beyond her years. Help her hide the Bible in her heart, and teach her live by the verses she memorizes so that she will not become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer of Your Word. Proverbs 3:13-23; Psalm 119:99; James 2:25
G is for Grace
Give my daughter grace to accept the forgiveness You offer in Christ, then enable her to humbly extend that same grace to others. Teach her to boldly approach the Throne of Grace & to liberally season her speech with grace so that it might build up all who are in need. Ephesians 2:8-9, 4:29; James 4:6; Colossians 4:6
H is for Health
LORD, bless my daughter with good physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Preserve her energy. Protect her against illness & injury. Grant her sound sleep that leaves her feeling rested & refreshed. And help her make wise choices in areas that affect her health. 3 John 1:2; Isaiah 40:29-41; Psalms 127:2; Proverbs 3:1-8
T is for Teachability
God, give my daughter a teachable spirit. Give her a thirst for knowledge, and grant that she would receive correction and instruction with an attitude of grateful humility. Help me to model those same good qualities before her. Guard us both against stiff-necked pride. Proverbs 1:5, 9:9; 25:12; James 1:21; 1 Corinthians 11:1
E is for Empathy
LORD, give my daughter a heart of love and compassion. Help her treat others the way she would want to be treated herself. Make her kind, tenderhearted, and considerate of other’s interests as well as her own. 1 Peter 3:8; Luke 6:31; Ephesians 4:32; Philippians 2:1-4
R is For Relationships
God, bring my daughter like-minded friends who uplift, encourage, and sharpen her. Teach her to get along with others, both inside and outside our family. Most importantly, give her such a love for Jesus that it’ll spill out on all she meets. Proverbs 17:17; Mark 12:30-31
Keep on Praying
Want more free printable prayer guides, like this one? You can check out our entire collection by following this link. And for more encouragement to “continue in prayer” (Colossians 4:2), check out the following related posts:
- Our Starting Point – a reminder that prayer works… and leads to work
- A Good Reminder – a challenge to pray hardest when it is hardest to pray
- The Secret – one of my favorite poems about prayer (because it’s so true!)
- Pretty Prayer-Themed Bookmarks – these will prompt you to pray when you feel like worrying
- Grace and Mercy Coloring Page – an exhortation to bring our prayers and petitions boldly before God’s throne