15 Ways to Pray for Teens
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The teenage years in the life of parents can be quite challenging, but targeting specific areas in their lives through prayer, spending time with your teen, trusting God, enforcing your faith, family devotions can make a difference. Prayer is a powerful weapon that can change and nurture our teens towards God's path. Here are some things to pray for your teen.
1 Pray for Salvation- they would be saved and know Jesus as Lord and Savior of their lives and personal encounter of God where they would know the Father’s love that will change their entire outlook on life. That He is not a God who is distant and uninvolved, but wants to be involved in every part of their lives and heart and always with them.
2. Pray that your teen live with a God-consciousness every day and every moment. Pray that they will understand God’s purpose for their lives everyday, fulfill it and know how to live a life not for themselves, but that God will mold them to live a life that glorifies God in word, deeds, actions and attitudes.
3. Pray that as you, the parent (mom and dad) who utilizes every moment, opportunity, from a bad grade, good grades, a bad day, acne, bad hair day, breakup, heartache, or anything that is going on in their lives to teach them about God, His existence, grace, goodness, biblical standards, prayer, love, their identity, purpose, and to bring encouragement and strength, pray that the Holy Spirit bring back to their remembrance the conversations and the words you spoke to him/her and that God will use it to bring them closer to knowing Him and His ways.
Also, pray that the Holy Spirit bring back to their remembrance every teaching in church, youth group and at home daily and as they sleep
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4. Word of God. Pray that they would be drawn to the Word of God, read it, study it, and the Bible will be what they use as standard of how they talk, think, deal with issues and in guarding their heart from the world standards. Pray that the stuff in television, movies would not be the standard in which they live by. Pray that their ears will hear a word behind them saying, this is the way, walk in it. (Ps. 119, I Pet. 1:14. Isaiah 30:20-21)
5. Pray for Protection and safety for them in school, as they are in the library, mall and wherever they may go. Pray for protection from abuse, verbal abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse, accidents and violence.
Pray that they will not fall prey to temptations of smoking, drugs, alcohol, worldly fashion, bad language, peer pressure, sexual pressure, but be strong and stand courageous against it. Pray that they remain sexually pure and flee all youthful lusts. (I Cor. 10:13, II Timothy 2:22)
7. Pray that any friendship, affiliation and association with anyone who will influence and lead him/her down the path of destruction, violence, drugs, pornography, will come to an end. Break off all influences over their lives, actions and minds. (Proverbs 2:12-20)
8. Pray for Wisdom to determine people who will use them, fool them, bullies, fake friends, and who are his/her true friends. Courage and strength to deal with those who are not for them. Pray that they choose friends and people to inspire them, motivate them, help them and make them better people.
9. Pray that mature men and women, young adults with godly character and a strong walk with God will have an impact in their lives.and future. (Proverbs 13:20) That teens will have an ear to listen and a heart to receive from them.
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10. Pray that your teen would love and accept themselves with their talents, likes, tastes, imperfections, mistakes and failures and begin to understand the unique person God made them to be. Pray that their identity would be rooted in who God says they are, not from celebrities, tv shows, peers, fashion. Pray that your teen recognize the things they are good at, their gifts, talents, things they love to and not compare themselves to others or magnify the areas where they are not good at. (Psalm 139)
11. Pray that your teen be a light to their peers in their school and he/she be an example of purity, truth and righteousness. (I Timothy 4:12)
12. Pray that they have a heart like Christ to love everyone and see them through the eyes of Christ, in spite of how they dress, look, race, smart, or not smart, poor, from the popular to the unpopular and also a heart of compassion to help those around them, the needy and in the community. If he/she doesn’t, pray that God change their heart to be like His. (I Corinthians 13)
13. Help my teens in times of loneliness, failure, discouragement, disappointment, depression, peer pressure, bad days, to turn to you Lord and cry out to you, turn to the Word (Psalms) and talk to a mature adult about what they are going through. May they not turn to any substance, or anything that will take the pain temporarily. (Psalm 55, 142)
14. Pray that your teen will study and take his education in school seriously, not be rebellious and grow independent as they depend on the Lord, learn the importance of being responsible at home, work, at school in small matters as well as big.
15. Pray that your teen obeys and respect those in authority who has her/him best interest at heart, where it is you all as parents, teachers, principal, youth leaders, counselors, boss, cop,etc.