Being a parent is one of the greatest blessings that God can give to one of His people. Even when your child is being difficult, which is especially common during teenage years, the fact that God chose you to be the parental influence in your child’s life is one of the greatest honors that you could ever receive.
Even when you’re dealing with a teenager who has moments of rebellion and hormonal shifts, it’s important to remember that you are called to be a Godly influence in their lives. One of the most important things that you can do as a parent is to spend time praying for your teenager. The Bible provides plenty of verses that you can pray over your child at different phases of their lives, including those difficult teenage years.
Pray These Verses:
Psalm 119:9-10 (NIV)
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commandments.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)
Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
Pray This Prayer:
Heavenly Father, today I come to You in prayer for my teenager. I know that You are completely aware of the temptations, issues, distractions, and other potential pitfalls that are a part of his/her life, but I also know that You have promised to make a way of escape every time Your children are faced with those opportunities to fall. First of all, I ask that You give him/her a hunger for Your Word. I know that if he/she will remain committed to Scripture, the truths contained in it will help him/her live a life that pleases You.
I also ask You to surround my teen with people who will encourage him/her to pursue You. I know the dangers of peer pressure and the way that the people around my teen can impact them. I’m asking You to put people in his/her path that will encourage him/her to live a life according to Scripture. Finally, I ask that You help him/her to make decisions that lead to a pursuit of righteousness, faith, love, and peace. I know that those are the things You want for my teen, and they’re the things I want, too. In Christ’s name I ask all these things, Amen.
Dear Lord, I thank You for my child. Thank You for choosing me to be a parent to him/her. I know that You have had a plan for his/her future since before he/she ever took their first breath. I am grateful for that, and I am eternally thankful for the chance to play a part in his/her life. In Christ’s name Amen