Blog Post by Ainsley Britain
- Pray for their relationship with the Lord.
The teen years can be confusing and emotional. The one thing that will never fail them is the Lord. Pray John 1:12 “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” over your teen.
- Pray for their relationship with their friends.
Friendships can make or break your teen’s experience at school or church. Pray for close, God-filled relationships. Job 6:14 “He who withholds kindness from a friend forsakes the fear of the Almighty.
- Pray for their purity.
Being pure isn’t just about physical relationships. 1 Timothy 4:12 “Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” Pray for purity in all of these areas.
- Pray against anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression are epidemics in schools these days. Pray for their protection regarding these two things. Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall refute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
- Pray for their choices with social media.
Social media is a huge part of a teen’s life and it’s important we pray for teens as they navigate what goes on behind the screens. Proverbs 19:1 “Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.”
- Pray for their safety.
As a parent, I’m sure you have prayed this before. Pray specifically for safety in their vehicles, at school, as the rest and as they work. Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”
- Pray that they will be a light to those around them.
Ephesians 4:32 is a perfect verse to pray for your teen to be a light to those around them. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”
- Pray for their relationship with authority figures.
Ephesians 6:2 “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise)…” Not only is it important for them to honor parents, but teachers and coaches as well! Pray for each of these authority figures in their lives.
- Pray for their marriage.
Your teen may not get married for a while, but it’s never too early to pray for their spouse. Isaiah 40:31 “but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
- Pray for their future.
While your teen is deciding what college to attend and major to choose, pray for the important decisions they are facing. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”