13 Aug Verses to Pray with Your Fearful Child
As moms, we are especially familiar with fear. It can be difficult not to have fear about what will happen to your family and their future.
But what do we do when our kids are struggling with fear?
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Although everyone experiences fear, it has no place in the heart of a believer. We have a powerful weapon to use against fear, and that is the Word of God.
Fear will be a topic that comes up when you are a parent, but how you deal with it will determine how often it comes up.
God has grace for you as a Christian mom. He does not intend for you to parent without His help, and you can look to Him whenever you are struggling as a parent.
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
Using the power of God’s Word is not something to be taken lightly.
The Bible is a powerful tool for you and your children to use. It might not 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 these verses for both themselves and their children.
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[a] have been called according to his purpose.”
This is a great verse for children 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” does not 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.
When They Need a Refuge
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 verses reference. Do this for two reasons. 1) You want them to know that this comes from the Bible. 2) You want them to 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. We can go right to the source and pray with our children. 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 tips to memorize it and how 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 last school year alone!