30 Mr. Potato Head Prayers for Your Kids This Summer

Kim Anderson

Kim Anderson is a Web copywriter for Awana. She and her husband have daughters in fifth and eighth grade. Kim is a former youth ministry leader at her church who has co-written six books on youth ministry.

The next installment of Toy Story hits movie theaters this summer. One of the funniest characters in the movie is Mr. Potato Head. I’ve always liked him. His wife, Mrs. Potato Head, also plays a “starring role.”

It sounds silly, but Mr. Potato Head’s various parts can give us a simple strategy for immersing our children in prayer.

Listed below are 30 unique prayer ideas with Scripture to help you pray specifically and purposefully for your children this summer:

Heart

God, please grant my child a heart filled with:

Compassion for friends, family and neighbors (Mark 8:1-2; Colossians 3:12)

Peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 2:7)

Love for God and others (John 13:34-35; Ephesians 5:2)

Joy in all things (Nehemiah 8:10; Mr. Potato HeadPsalm 9:2)

Kindness towards others in words and actions (Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Thessalonians 5:15).

Eyes

Let my child see clearly God’s truths:

● The joy of contentment with what we have been given (Philippians 4:12)

● The benefits of purity in what we watch and read (Psalm 51:10; Matthew 5:8)

● An outward focus on others that brings peace and purpose (Philippians 2:4).

Ears

May what my child hears bring glory to God:

● Recognition of God’s voice (John 10:27)

Discernment to know what is excellent or praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8)

Wisdom to listen to God’s truths each day (Proverbs 2:2, 5-6).

Mouth

Pray for words that:

Encourage others (Hebrews 10:25)

Speak truth with a spirit of integrity (Psalm 25:21)

Honor God and not defile His Name (Exodus 20:7)

Worship the Holy One (Psalm 92:1; Psalm 95:6-7).

Mind

Pray that my child might develop a mind that:

● Hungers for God’s Word (Deuteronomy 6:6-9; Psalm 119:105)

● Nurtures a teachable spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18)

● Demonstrates perseverance in school work, extracurricular activities and spiritual life (Hebrews 12:1-2)

● Manages daily responsibilities with organization, clarity of mind and focus (Galatians 6:5)

● Practices self-discipline (Hebrews 12:11).

Hands

Pray that my child has hands that:

● Demonstrate generosity to those in need (1 Timothy 6:18-19)

Serve God and others (Ephesians 6:7-8; Galatians 6:9-10)

● Pursue justice (Psalm 11:7; Micah 6:8)

● Show Christ-like behavior (Romans 12:17-18; 1 Peter 1:16)

Give faithfully with open hands to the work of God in the local church (Acts 20:35: 2 Corinthians 9:7-8).

Feet

Pray that my child’s feet lead to:

Courageous choices that build character (Deuteronomy 31:6)

Obedience and respect to those in authority (Colossians 3:20; 1 Peter 2:17)

Discipline and self-control in all situations and circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:6)

Purpose and direction in life (Proverbs 3:5-6)

● Walks across rooms to be inclusive of others who may be different (Romans 14:19; 1 Corinthians 1:10).

How do you pray for your children?

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4 Responses to “30 Mr. Potato Head Prayers for Your Kids This Summer”

  1. Tara McClenahan Says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    This is truly a creative and wonderful idea!! Thank you so much!

  2. Kim Says:

    May 25th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Glad you liked it, Tara. Hope it gives you some new ideas on how to pray for your kids! Blessings to you.
    Kim

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    July 1st, 2010 at 9:55 pm

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    September 24th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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About the Authors
Jeff Smith
Jeff Smith is editorial manager of Awana. He and his wife have two children. Jeff has written three curriculum books for Awana.
Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson is a Web copywriter for Awana. She and her husband have daughters in sixth and ninth grade. Kim is a former youth ministry leader at her church who has co-written six books on youth ministry.
Linda Massey Weddle
Linda Weddle is senior U.S. program designer at Awana. She grew up in Awana, her children took part in Awana, and now her grandchildren all are in Awana. Linda is author of How to Raise a Modern-Day Joseph.