A Collection of Prayers for use in Hospitals: Day 3 – for Children

Day 3, page 14 – second prayer

Prayer For Children

Blessed Lord, who [while] on earth as Son of man, [did] show [Your] love for children, and for the home life at Bethany, grant us the desire to set a high standard for ourselves, and do whatever we can to protect all children from evil.  By our own lives may we unconsciously set an example, that children may learn of the hidden power that they may see bearing fruit in us, and that our homes may be known as places where [You are] always present, the unseen guest whose presence brings nothing but love and peace.  Bless us, O Lord that we may be a blessing to others. Grant this for [Your] Name’s sake. Amen


Suggested Old and New Testament verses: 

Proverbs 22:6 ESV
Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Ephesians 6:4 ESV
Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Ephesians 6:1-4 ESV
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Isaiah 54:13 ESV
All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.

Proverbs 13:24 ESV
Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.

Proverbs 17:6 ESV
Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.

Matthew 19:13-15 ESV
Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.

Proverbs 20:11 ESV
Even a child makes himself known by his acts, by whether his conduct is pure and upright.

Mark 10:14 ESV
But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.

3 John 1:3-4 ESV
For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Luke 17:2 ESV
It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.

Proverbs 29:15 ESV
The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother.

Matthew 18:1-35 ESV
At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, …

Proverbs 13:22 ESV
A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.

1 Timothy 4:12 ESV
Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.

Psalms:

Psalm 103:13 ESV
As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Psalm 127:3 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Psalm 127:1-5 ESV
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 8:1-2 ESV
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.


In the blog posts under this title we will revisit a collection of prayers published by the BBC* in the 1950’s for use in hospitals, [] denote changes. These prayers included Psalms suggested reading within the text and here we add some Old and New Testament scripture that could also be associated with the prayers.

* ” A Collection of Prayers for use in Hopitals,” Durry and Sons Limited, Hounds Gate, Nottingham, 1951.

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