07 Apr How to Pray with Your Kids About Fear
As moms, we’re familiar with fear. It’s hard not to have fear about what will happen to your family and their future, but you CAN pray with your kids about fear!
You have a powerful weapon to use against fear, and that’s the Word of God. Today, I’m sharing how you can pray with your kids using verses from the Bible.
Fear will be a topic that comes up when you’re a mom, but when you deal with it the right way, you’ll see a lasting change in your kids.
God has grace for you, mama. He doesn’t intend for you to parent without His help, and you can look to Him whenever you are struggling.
And it’s okay to let your kids know that you struggle with fear, too.
In fact, if you’re using the Word of God as your weapon against fear (and you should be), then they can see you as an example of how to deal with the fear in their own lives.
USING GOD’S WORD TO EASE YOUR CHILD’S FEAR
The Bible is a powerful tool for you and your kids to use. It won’t change the circumstance causing them fear, but it can definitely change their hearts and give them courage.
When fear affects the way we live our lives, we need a weapon to use against it. That’s why every parent should know how to pray with their kids using God’s Word.
Fear of the Future
Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do you not be discouraged.”
Wherever you are, God has already been there, and He is still there with you.
He knows every trouble you are facing, and He is never caught off guard by your circumstances.
*TIP* If your child is afraid of an upcoming dentist appointment, you can remind them that the Lord goes before them and never leaves them.
Fear of Present Circumstances
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
This is a great verse to pray with your kids who are struggling with fear about a situation they are currently in.
If they are afraid of a bully at school, worried over testing, or fearful of a disease they are battling, this verse reminds them that God will work everything out for their good.
Fear About Their Purpose
Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now, this is what the Lord says- he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: ‘Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.’”
We can remind our children that God knows them and has a purpose for them.
They don’t have to be afraid because the God who made Heaven and Earth created them, and He will not fail them.
1 John 4:8 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
“Perfect love casts out all fear” doesn’t mean that loving your child will prevent them from being afraid. However, we can show our children that God has perfect love for them, and it is His love that casts out all fear.
Psalm 18:2 says, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”
There will be times when your children experience fear and you are not there for them to run to.
They may deal with frightening situations at school, at friends’ houses, or anywhere else they go.
They need to know that they have a constant refuge where they can run to.
TIPS FOR USING THESE VERSES
Shorten the Verses for Younger Children
You can take out certain phrases or short sentences from verses to help young children deal with fear.
Make sure you Teach Them the Verse’s Reference
Do this for two reasons, you want them to:
- know that this comes from the Bible.
- be able to look the verse up later in life if they need to.
Find a Verse that Pertains to Your Child’s Fear
If your child often deals with fear, try to notice what is triggering their fear and find a verse specific to that fear.
Pray These Verses Over Them
You can go right to the source and pray with your kids. This will teach them to pray whenever they deal with fear in the future.
Example of Praying God’s Word Over Your Child: “Thank You, Lord, that You are a rock for *insert child’s name*. Thank you that he can lean on You because You are his salvation and stronghold.”
HOW TO HELP YOU CHILD MEMORIZE BIBLE VERSES
If you want even more help with teaching your children to use Bible verses in their daily lives, I would definitely recommend the Hidden in My Heart program.
There are 52 verses (one for every week of the year), and each verse comes with ways to apply it to your child’s life. You can even listen to the audio while you’re driving your kids to school.
I’ve used this program with my own children. They memorize a verse every week on the way to school. At 7-years-old and 8-years-old, my children learned at least 48 verses during the last school year alone!