31 Biblical Virtues

Monday, May 21, 2007 6 Comments A+ a-

On Mother’s Day, our church handed out leaflets to all the mothers, titled 31 Biblical Virtues to Pray for Your Kids. As I read over the list, I was moved and have now stored this list in my journal. I will pray over this list many times in the years to come; as well as praying that one, my children will see these virtues in me so that I may be an example to them and two, that God will grant me the wisdom to help shape these virtues in their lives.

I hope you enjoy this list as much as I do.

  1. Salvation – Lord, let salvation spring up within my children, that they may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

  2. Growth in Grace – I pray that my children may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  3. Love – Grant, Lord, that my children may learn to live a life of love, through the Spirit who dwells in them.

  4. Honesty and Integrity – May integrity and honesty be their virtue and their protection.

  5. Self-Control – Father, help my children not to be like many others around them, but let them be alert and self-controlled in all they do.

  6. Love for God’s Word – May my children grown to find your word more precious than pure gold and sweeter than honey from the comb.

  7. Justice – God, help my children to love justice as you do, and act justly in all they do.

  8. Mercy – May my children always be merciful, just as their Father is merciful.

  9. Respect – Father, grant that my children may show proper respect to everyone, as your word commands.

  10. Biblical Self-Esteem – Help my children develop a strong self-esteem that is rooted in the realization that they are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus.

  11. Faithfulness – Let love and faithfulness never leave my children, but bind these twin virtues around their necks and write them on the table of their hearts.

  12. Courage – May my children always be strong and courageous in their character and in their actions.

  13. Purity – Create in them a pure heart, O God, and let that purity of heart be shown in their actions.

  14. Kindness – Lord, may my children always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.

  15. Generosity – Grant that my children may be generous and willing to share, and so lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age.

  16. Peace-Loving – Father, let my children make every effort to do what leads to peace.

  17. Joy – May my children be filled with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.

  18. Perseverance – Lord, teach my children perserverance in all they do, and help them especially to run with perseverance the race marked out for them.

  19. Humility – God, please cultivate in my children the ability to show truly humility toward all.

  20. Compassion – Lord, please clothe my children with the virtue of compassion.

  21. Responsibility – Grant that my children may learn responsibility, for each one should carry his own load.

  22. Contentment – Father, teach my children the secret of being content in any and every situation, through Him who gives them strength.

  23. Faith – I pray that faith will find root and grow in my children’s hearts, that by faith they may gain what has been promised to them.

  24. A Servant’s Heart – God, please help my children develop servants’ hearts, that they may serve whole-heartedly, as if they were serving the Lord, not men.

  25. Hope – May the God of hope grant that my children may overflow with hope and hopefulness by the power of the Holy Spirit.

  26. Willingness and Ability to Work – Teach my children, Lord, to value work and to work at it with their heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.

  27. Passion for God – Lord, please instill in my children a soul that “followeth hard after thee”, one that clings passionately to you.

  28. Self-Discipline – Father, I pray that my children may acquire a discipline and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair.

  29. Prayerfulness – Grant, Lord, that my children’s lives may be marked by prayerfulness, that they may learn to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.

  30. Gratitude – Help my children to live lives that are always overflowing with thankfulness and always giving thanks to God the Father for everything.

  31. A Heart for Missions – Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, your marvelous deeds among all peoples.

I’m a coffee drinking, book reading, laundry procrastinating, husband and children loving, mess of a woman who believes that chips and salsa can fix anything. We have chickens running around the backyard, a mountain of dishes in the sink, and on any given morning, I have at least 10 school forms that need my signature or initials. It’s a crazy life {I prefer to call it controlled chaos}, but its ours.


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1:58 PM delete

Thank you so much for sharing these virtues with us!!! These are great and I have saved them onto our computer.


2:04 PM delete

I think I may have to make this part of my daily prayer time as well....

8:11 PM delete

This is just amazing - one for each day of the month! A simple character trait or blessing to pray over our children each day - I'm going to join you, Jenn! Thanks!

9:16 PM delete

This is so great, Jenn! I'm going to print these off and use them as a guide in the morning. Thank you for sharing!

8:35 PM delete

Thank you so much for posting this, Jenn! I have really been feeling like I need to pray more for my kids and this is perfect :)

10:50 AM delete

Love the list. When I first looked at it I thought This is VERY long! I think that I am at the point in my life where I am happy if my teenage son or daughter doesn't do anything STUPID like help me with dinner and strain the spaghetti over the stove instead of the sink.

My dumbfounded son was soooo sorry and all I could say 'Well you have a big mess to clean up'