Even if you've never been the type to pray consistently, being the parent of a teenager will take you there! The challenges and risks surrounding your children at this age are great, and the help of a loving Heavenly Father can calm anxious parents and guide adolescents. Below are FIVE specific ways you can pray for your teen. In next week’s cover letter will be FIVE more specific ways to pray for your Teenager.
1. Pray for a love for God. Even if your child has been engaged in a personal relationship with Christ from an early age, the teen years can bring confusion and questions. Pray that they wouldn't push back from their faith, but that Psalm 119:17-18; becomes a reality in their lives, “Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. (18) Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
2. Pray for their friendships. Teens naturally pull away from family relationships and focus more on their friendships, making it all the more important that they have the right friends. Here be reminded of Proverbs 13:20; “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
3. Pray for honesty. Teenagers can face many tempting situations that test their honesty—honesty with you, their teachers, other adults, and their friends. Pray that they will have the courage to be honest in all situations. In Proverbs 19:1; we read, “Better is the poor that walketh in his integrity, than he that is perverse in his lips, and is a fool.”
4. Pray for their protection from drinking, drugs and pornography. An addiction in any of these three areas can ruin a person's life. Pray that your teen will have the strength and wisdom to withstand these temptations. In I Corinthians 10:13-14; we read, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (14) Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”
5. Pray for their purity. Making one's way through the jungle of modern teenage relationships with one’s purity intact is no small order. You can parent and talk until you're out of breath, but eventually it will come down to a decision your child has to make in a moment alone with a boyfriend or girlfriend. Pray that they will understand the value of waiting, and that God's commands with regard to our sexual relationships are for our own good.
Remind them of I Corinthians 6:18; “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19) What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? (20) For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
Thought for the Week – Traveling light is a good philosophy for life. This world isn’t our home; we’re just passing through. Today pack your mind with God’s Word and anticipate your eternal home.
In His Amazing Grace,
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