With parenting comes the inevitable and overwhelming feeling of constant worry. We begin to worry about the safety and wellbeing of our children from the moment we learn about their existence in our body. This prayer enables us to put our parental concerns to rest as we place them in God’s hands and trust in His promises. It is by far the best prayer to pray over your children I have ever come across. No matter how old your children are, this is sure to be a lifetime prayer.
When I was pregnant with my daughter I worked with great people who constantly cared for me and my well-being. Amongst those people, there was Myrtle. A soft-spoken older woman, with kind eyes and a heart of gold. She took it upon herself to mentor me when I first started at the surgery center, teaching me all she knew. As a working parent of a 2-year-old at the time, sending my son to daycare was one of the few options, since both my husband and I had to work for a living. I worried constantly about him. About his safety, his well-being, and especially his health. Although my son is a perfectly healthy child, being in daycare meant that yet another ear infection or flu virus was just around the corner.
Coming in to work one day, as I got ready to change in the locker room, Myrtle handed me a folded piece of white paper. Seven months pregnant at the time, hormonal, and exhausted from a long night of humidifiers, vapor rubs, and fever reducers as my toddler battled another flu virus, I opened the folded note. “It’s a Children Prayer I would like you to have..”, she proceeded to say as she walked away with a gentle smile. As I opened the slightly wrinkled paper and started reading, my eyes teared up as it was in that moment I felt an immense sense of relief and protection.
This is what it read….
“Thank You, Lord, that You are our hiding place , our safe place, our shielded place. Thank You that You are the protector and defender of our children. I pray for their safety today, for the ministry of Your protective angels to be around them.
May Your encouragement be with them, Your hope be in them, and Your grace be upon them. If they are burdened, lighten their load; if they are troubled, calm their storm; if they are discouraged, lift their spirits; if they are unsure, strengthen their faith; if they are weary, renew their strength; if they are perplexed, guide their way; if they are unsteady, be their rock; if they are tempted, make a way of escape; if they lack understanding, be their wisdom; if they doubt love, reveal Your heart.
Thank You so much, that when we come to You and cry out to You, we can know with all certainty that You hear our words, You know our hearts, and You answer our prayers.”
I no longer had to carry that constant anxiety about my son and soon to be daughter. Now, I could just let Him help me carry that load off my shoulders. Of course I still worry, that’s what parents do. However, now I have a powerful tool as a reminder that I don’t have to dwell over things I can’t control. Instead, I can pray about it and allow God’s angels to lead every step of their way.
Soon after, I went on maternity and forgot to ask Myrtle the source of this fantastic prayer. It turns out the prayer is called Shield of Protection. It is one of the prayers found on 60 Promises to Pray Over Your Children written by Roy Lessin. The book is a devotional full of powerful prayers, each with a designated scripture. It’s a beautiful and useful book, and a lifetime treasure. Hands down the best children prayer I have ever read.
Thank you Myrtle.
A few ideas for this prayer:
- Pray it over you children (the obvious, haha).
- Give the book as a gift.
- Use the prayer as a gift for your own parents and/or other parents. There are many great companies that will engrave it, making of it a beautiful wall art or keepsake. (I’m working on getting this done for myself and my mom, I will post it once I have it).
- Use it as a gift for new/soon to be parents.
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