Having a baptism for your baby is a great way to ensure that Jesus will watch over and protect your baby’s innocent soul. There are many prayers you can pray during this time. Here are a dozen of the best baptism prayers to say before, during, or after the baptism service.
Heavenly Father, we thank you for the wonder of children and the gift of new life. We give thanks for this child who you love and sustain with your all-powerful hand. As Jesus knew love and discipline within a human family, may this child grow in strength and wisdom. As Mary knew the joys and pains of motherhood, give these parents your sustaining grace and love. May this child know your love, your wisdom and your care. May he/she grow up to live a life which glorifies you and brings blessing to others. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
New Birth in Baptism Prayer
Everlasting God, thank you that you give the gift of eternal, abundant life. You said that to enter the kingdom of heaven, we must be born again of water and the Spirit. You have given us baptism as the sign and seal of this new birth. In baptism, we are washed by the Holy Spirit and made clean. In baptism we are clothed with Jesus’ righteousness, dying to sin that we may live his risen life. May this child find their identity and dignity as your child, as you lead them into the fullness of life. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Gift of Eternal Life Prayer
O Lord our God, thank you that you have plans for us that are for our good and your glory. By the power of your Holy Spirit, you are faithful to give the gift of eternal life to your people. As we baptize this child we ask you to guide and strengthen him/her throughout their life. May he/she grow into the likeness of your son, Jesus Christ. Neither death or life, angels or rulers, things present or future, height or depth, or anything else in all creation, will be able to separate him/her from your love. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Holy Spirit Blessing Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ, you said ‘Let the children come to me. Do not stop them’. As we present this child before you today for baptism, we thank you that you know each of us by name. We commit to pray for this child and help them follow you. We ask that you would send your Holy Spirit to fill them with your presence. May this child find true freedom in you. Lord, bless him/her and keep him/her, make your face shine upon him/her. Turn your face towards him/her and give him/her peace. In your mighty name, Amen.
Secure Promises Prayer
Loving God, thank you for the gift of your Son Jesus, who was baptized in the River Jordan, filled by your Holy Spirit and revealed as your beloved Son. Bless this child who we baptize today, may they grow to know your presence. May they feel secure in your promise that you will never leave or forsake them. Let the majesty of the Father be the light that guides him/her, the compassion of the Son be the love that inspires him/her and the presence of the Spirit be the strength that empowers him/her. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Parents and Children Prayer
Faithful and loving Father, look upon this child with grace and mercy. Bless the parents and everyone who will care for this child throughout their life. Give them the gift of love, wisdom and faith. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and protect their homes from evil. Shine the light of your presence upon them, that they may follow your path. May the peace of God reign in their life, the love of God surround them, the Spirit of God empower them and the joy of God uphold them. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Face to Face with God Prayer
Compassionate Father, thank you that every good and perfect gift comes from you, the Father of lights. In your love, you have given us a place among your people. May this child be filled with your Holy Spirit, that they may remain faithful to their baptism. Prepare them for the glorious day when they will see you face to face. May your love be the passion in their heart. May your joy be their strength when times are hard. May your presence be their peace that overflows. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Divine Love Poured Out Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank you that I am never alone, your presence calms the troubled sea of our lives and speaks peace to our souls. As we present this child before you in baptism we ask that they be filled with your divine love. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism and by one Spirit we are all baptized into one body. May I find the comfort I desire in you and the strength I need in your name. May your presence be with me every hour of the day. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Baptism Blessing Prayer
King of Kings, Lord of Lords, thank you that you do not change, you remain the same from before the beginning of time into eternity. Pour your blessing on all your people, and especially on this child in their baptism today. May their heart ever praise you, may they find freedom and rest in you. May they know the peace that is found in doing your will. May your joy be in their heart, your grace be in their words, your love be in their hands and your peace be in their soul. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Surrounded by God’s Love Prayer
God of all righteousness, we need the life and grace that you alone can give. As we present this child for baptism, we ask that you would fill them with your presence. Open the heavens and pour out your Holy Spirit so that we all may live as your beloved children, through Jesus Christ, our Savior. May your love surround us, your Spirit guide us, your voice cheer us, your peace calm us, your shield protect us, your wisdom arm us, wherever you may lead us. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Beloved Children Prayer
Gracious God, you identify with our humanity. In Jesus Christ, you were baptized by John in the River Jordan. You came to share our life and deliver us from sin and death. As this child is baptized with water, pour out your Holy Spirit upon him/her, to make us your beloved children through Jesus Christ, our Lord. May your Holy Spirit surround him/her, and those who love him/her. May he/she rest in your calm embrace, let his/her heart be warmed by the sound of your voice. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Lifelong Guidance Prayer
Almighty God, we thank you that you have forgiven our sins through the blood of your beloved Son Jesus Christ, and received us through Your Holy Spirit as members of your body, the church. We ask that your will guide this child throughout their life, that he/she may grow and increase in faith, understanding your goodness and mercy. May we all live in all righteousness under our only Teacher, King, and High Priest, Jesus Christ; and eternally praise and magnify you. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.