Laying hands upon your child's head and praying over him daily, whether mom, dad or both parents, before he leaves the house for the day is a definite power move in a Christian household. Christian families would definitely benefit from this daily plug-in as a vital spiritual anti-oxidant to life's free radicals encountered on a daily basis.
The Bible says in Isaiah 54:17 (NLT) 17 "But in that coming day no weapon turned against you will succeed. You will silence every voice raised up to accuse you. These benefits are enjoyed by the servants of the LORD; their vindication will come from me. I, the LORD, have spoken!" Praying with and for each other in our families is a benefit and privilege that we can employ for successful living.
My husband and I began praying over our sons even before they were born, asking God to bless them and watch over them. We continued praying for them throughout infancy, tottering toddlerhood and preschool years. Once they entered elementary school, we added praying over them after breakfast before school to our daily morning routine. This continued all the way through their high school years. As they got older they would lean-in as they passed by me or their dad, backpacks in hand, ready to walk out the door to go about their day. In our house it was the norm and not an option. This mama said, "No leaving the house until I pray for you." My attitude was one of, "I didn't give birth to you and raise you this far to have some kind a' somein' mess with you." (This could preach, but I'll resist here!)
Below is a sample prayer to get you started as you pray over your child. You can certainly adopt and adapt your own prayer as Holy Spirit leads you:
"Heavenly Father, I ask that you watch over ________ today. Deliver him/her from evil. Send Your holy angels about him/her to guide him/her throughout this day. I praise You that you created him/her to grow up in You and fulfill Your purpose for him/her. I bless ____________ to become all that You have ordained for him/her in Jesus' name. Deliver him/her from the wrong people/places/things/teachings, etc. and deliver across his/her pathway the right people/places/things/teachings today I pray. We honor You, Father, and love You. Thank You for being our God and for keeping watch over us and leading us as a family. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen."
Today, both of our sons are actively serving on worship teams in their local churches and have begun their own families.