In my church, we hold a very special shower for expectant mothers. During these unique baby showers the mother-to-be is blessed with the very best gift of all: prayer. We share some food and fellowship and then distribute prayer requests with accompanying Scripture verses.
Shower attendees pray according to the topic they choose, allowing themselves to be guided by the Scripture, by the Holy Spirit and by the expectant mother’s own requests. Someone opens with a word from Scripture and then the new baby and family are covered with prayers regarding everything from the birth through the baby’s future spouse. What an encouragement!
Here are the prayer requests and scriptures from my own recent Baby Prayer Shower. Don’t forget to allow the mom-to-be to add requests of her own to the following list!
Opening scripture: Psalm 148: 1-4, 12-13
- Praise God for the entire family (Psalm 127:3 “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward”)
- Praise God for this pregnancy (Psalm 139:14-15 “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” and Psalm 128:3 “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.”)
- Pray for baby’s delivery (Genesis 3:16 “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children.” And Romans 8:25, “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness.”)
- Pray for the couple as they raise this child in the fear of the Lord. Pray for the child’s salvation. (Genesis 8:21 “…the intentions of a man’s heart is evil from his youth.” And Titus 3:5, “He has saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of his mercy.”)
- Pray for the child’s infant years. Pray also for the mother as she prepares to care for an infant, serve her family and [possibly] care for other children as well. (Matthew 25:35,40 “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink…..Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”)
- Pray for the toddler years as the child matures and develops physically. (Isaiah 58:11 “and the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”)
- Pray for the school years. Pray for the parents as they train her in the fear of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your children and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way and when you lie down, and when you rise.”)
- Pray for the teenage years and young adult life. (2 Timothy 3:22 “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace….” And Psalm 119: 10-11, “I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commandments. I have hidden your word in my heart that I may not sin against you.”
- Pray for a future spouse and children, Lord willing. (Acts 2:39 “For this promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”)