Inside: A complete guide on praying over your house. Don’t leave your home unprotected just pray these 35+ verses over 8 rooms in your home!
I moved around a lot as a child. Par for the course as an Army Brat.
The process was very familiar, even though I didn’t have to do any of the work. One thing that really stuck out to me was what my mom did when we moved into a nice place: She would bless the home.
I remember my mom going from room to room praying and singing worship songs. When I got older and asked her about it she told me, “You never know what kind of spirits/demons the people that lived here before us were messing with.”
She prayed over cars, my dorm room, my first apartment, and any place that I’ve lived on my own. One day she told me that I could pray over my own house now — I was good and grown after all, LOL!
I did eventually find the confidence to start praying through my own home. Not only when I moved in but any time I felt like we needed more of the Holy Spirit flowing through our home.
Why You Should Pray over your house
You may be wondering why praying over your home matters. What’s the big deal?
One reason that I believe learning how to pray over your home is important is the example you set for your children. If I hadn’t witnessed my mom praying over our homes over the years it’s probably not something I would have come up with on my own.
Another reason is because of the spiritual warfare already taking place inside your home. As a child of God, you have a target on your back. If you are a praying wife/mom your children have targets on theirs as well. You may not realize it but often the mood/environment in your home reflects the spiritual battle going on.
Don’t believe me? Ever walk through a season where your kids are constantly fighting — not the little annoyances that come with having a sibling — like WW3 in their bedroom every day? Or have you noticed the conflict that pops up every Sunday morning as you’re trying to get out the door for church? That’s spiritual warfare.
What does the bible say?
Scripture is clear that you need to keep God’s word front and center in your homes and in the lives of your children. You also need to build your life, faith, parenting, etc on the foundation of the Gospel. Praying over every room in your house is a great way to do just that!
“These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons 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 up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9 NASB
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25 NASB
How to Pray Over your House
The first step when it comes to praying over your house one room at a time is preparation.
In the bible, when the people were preparing for battle there was often a time of prayer, fasting, and worship. They needed to be spiritually strong to face their enemies. So do you! This is a time to put your armor on. You might start by praying through this passage from Ephesians:
“Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Ephesians 6:13-17 NASB
I will also take time to remove unholy stuff that I may find throughout my house. This doesn’t happen often but books, music, posters, and pictures are things that may need to be removed. If you’re married don’t throw your husband’s stuff away without talking to him first. For your kids’ stuff, you have to make that call yourself. I talk to my boys about the stuff that needs to be removed. I expect them to obey or I will do it for them.
I like to pray when no one else is at home. I find there are fewer distractions and I don’t feel like I’m getting in their way. I keep it simple and just walk from room to room and pray for a little while. I usually sit in the middle of the room (or pace) while I pray through verses or just have a little chat with God.
But I also want to make sure my boys see/hear my praying so I’ll pray while I clean and do chores. And sometimes I will invite my boys to pray with me. I do this especially when there’s a lot of conflict or attitude during the day. We will stop whatever we are doing to pray together as a family.
Praying Over the Entryway
Your first door/entryway is a great place to start praying. I like to focus my prayers on protection, provision, and walking in faith. Think Gandolf from Lord of the Rings– “You shall not pass!” People can bring all kinds of things into your home through the front door, best to be on the offensive with those prayers.
What do you want people to feel or experience as they walk through that front door? What do doorways and hallways represent in your life? All good questions to consider as you write out your prayers.
Some verses to pray over the entryway:
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NASB
“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 NASB
“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” Psalm 84:11 NASB
“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” Joshua 24:15 NASB
Praying Over the Kitchen/ Pantry
Every time I open my pantry I take a moment to praise God for His provision. Knowing that I have enough food to feed my boys well and to share with someone in need warms my heart. With 4 boys I find myself in the kitchen a lot. It’s a great place to think about God’s faithfulness.
Some verses to pray over your kitchen or pantry:
“Give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:11 NASB
“Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.” Psalm 136:25-26 NASB
“I have been young and now I am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken Or his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25 NASB
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing? For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:31-33 NASB
Praying Over the Bedrooms
Confession: I spend most of my prayer time in my boys’ bedrooms. My kids spent a lot of time in their rooms so I like to make sure it is extra saturated in prayers. I pray a combination of general prayers but I also take time to consider the needs of each individual boy (usually when I get to their bed).
Take some time to pray for your children’s salvation or their spiritual growth. If there’s some conflict going on between siblings that share a room, pray for peace. I often pray for my boys’ character — that they would grow into men of integrity who chase after the things of God. There’s no end to the things you can pray about once you get started.
If you have a child that is struggling with nightmares or something else that you don’t understand and doesn’t seem to go away — I HIGHLY recommend reading Spiritual Protection for Your Children.
When it comes to my room, I usually pray for peace, rest and guidance. My biggest struggles when I’m in my room. If you’re married add some prayers over your marriage. Stand on your husband’s side of the bed and pray specifically for him.
Some verses to pray over the bedrooms in your home:
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8 NASB
“The LORD bless you, and keep you; The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NASB
“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 NASB
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16 NASB
“Establish my footsteps in Your word, And do not let any iniquity have dominion over me.” Psalm 119:133 NASB
“And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.” Luke 2:52 NASB
“It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself If his conduct is pure and right.” Proverbs 20:11 NASB
“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity.” Proverbs 17:17 NASB
Praying Over the Dining Room
When I think of my dining room I think of hospitality. How can I show hospitality to the people inside my home (my children) and people outside my home (guests and friends)? I might pray for opportunities to serve and host. Sometimes I pray that we can get through a meal without someone bickering — it doesn’t have to be deep and super spiritual all the time.
Some verses to pray over your dining room:
“Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13 NASB
“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5 NASB
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:2 NASB
Praying over the Office
These verses work great no matter where your office is or your work happens. I like to focus on having the right attitude when it comes to working. It’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers or money. God has a lot to say about work — He did create us to work after all — and also money. It’s wise to take some time to pray through those things.
Here are some verses to pray over your office:
“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” Matthew 6:24 NASB
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NASB
“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men,” Colossians 3:23 NASB
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, Observe her ways and be wise, Which, having no chief, Officer or ruler, Prepares her food in the summer And gathers her provision in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6-8 NASB
“For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” 2 Thessalonians 3:10 NASB
“Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” John 6:27 NASB
Praying Over the Living Room/Family Room
Not sure about your home, but my living room is a place full of fun, laughter, and mischief. We have a lot of fun doing family activities but there’s also a lot of fighting that happens. I like to focus my prayers on peace and also discernment and protection. We have to make wise choices when it comes to what we watch and consume. Especially with our children.
Here are some verses to pray over your living room:
“If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.” Romans 12:18 NASB
“with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” Ephesians 4:2-3 NASB
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NASB
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
“Then my people will live in a peaceful habitation, And in secure dwellings and in undisturbed resting places;” Isaiah 32:18 NASB
Praying Over the Laundry Room
Laundry is not my favorite thing to do. In fact, I delegate it to the kids as soon as they can reach the knobs. Because of that fact, I actually spend my time mostly praying for a good attitude and reminding myself that my children — who make so much laundry — are a blessing!
Some verses to pray over your laundry room:
“And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!” Matthew 6:28-30 NASB
“A joyful heart is good medicine, But a broken spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NASB
“Do all things without grumbling or disputing;” Philippians 2:14 NASB
“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.” Psalm 127:3-5 NASB
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 NASB
“But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NASB
Praying Over the Bathroom
Yep, I pray through the bathroom as well. I usually start with prayers for my boys to perfect their aim and learn to clean toilets better. Or prayers that my big kids will learn how to properly use soap and apply deodorant. But I also spend time praying for a clean heart. The bathroom is a great reminder of our constant need for cleansing — both physically and spiritually.
Some verses to pray over the bathroom:
“Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.” Psalm 51:2 NASB
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NASB
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 NASB
“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols.” Ezekiel 36:25 NASB
Quick Tip for Praying Over Your Home
I mentioned earlier that you should have a bible with you while you pray. If you don’t want to do that I have a suggestion: use prayer/scripture cards!
I keep index cards full of scriptures and prayers that I can just carry with me throughout the house. I find that it saves me time because I’m not scrambling to find the right verse to pray and I don’t have to carry around my heavy bible. Yes, I could just use my phone but then I’d be tempted to start scrolling instead of actually praying.
And if your children are learning to pray or don’t feel very confident when it comes to prayer you can hand them a card to read aloud. Sort of takes the pressure off and it’s a great way to teach them how to pray scripture.
You can punch a hole in the corner of your index cards and keep them on a ring, or you could keep them inside a little plastic box. Sometimes when the warfare feels really heavy I’ll actually tape my prayer/scripture cards over the doors of each room. It’s a nice prompt to pray throughout the day.