Prayer For A Troubled Teenager

Hallelujah to Your matchless name! I lift You up because You are God alone! As my son may walk through the valley of the shadow of death, he will fear no evil for You are with him; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort him. Thank You in advance for being the comfort that my teenage son needs. In today's society, people are turning to the wrong things for comfort without realizing that the void that they seek to fill or heal can only be filled or healed by You, Amen.

God of Power, I trust in You with all of my heart, but I pray that my teenage son learns to do the same. Father, he finds it easy to lean on his own understanding but Your Word commands us not to. I pray that in all his ways, he acknowledges and submits to You so that You can direct him and lead him to his destiny. Lord, let Your word be a lamp for his feet and a light on his path, Amen.

ord of All, I declare that my teenage son will not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, he will present his requests to You. I pray that he does not turn to man for his solutions, but let his heart continually turn to You. Fill him with Your peace that transcends all understanding and guard his heart and his mind in Christ Jesus, Amen.

Precious God, help my teenage son to hear the voice of his parents, I pray that You soften his heart and his ears so that he may live under the guidance that seeks to help him flourish. I pray that he listens to his father's instruction and does not forsake his mother's teaching. They are a garland to grace his head and a chain to adorn his neck. Please clothe my child in wisdom so that he will not be like the world, Amen.

My God, Promise Keeper, Your word says that before we were born or even formed, we were already written about in a scroll in heaven. Therefore, despite what I see or what my teenage son is experiencing right now, there is a greater word about him in heaven. There is a prophecy about him that I know by Your grace and by Your authority shall come to pass. Instead, let all legal rights that the adversary has over my son be destroyed, and let Your Word come to fruition in his life, Amen.

Precious Lord, I pray for my teenage son, I pray that although he is young, he does not let anyone look down on him because of his age. I declare that he will set an example for believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. I pray that You keep him on Your righteous path so that his life may be an example to all around him. Father, I pray against any thoughts that he has that may hinder him from his destiny thoughts regarding his age, his identity, and his mistakes, Amen.

Way Maker, I pray that my son will be strong and courageous. He will stand firm on Your Word and resist the ploys of the enemy. He will not be afraid or terrified because of those against him, for You, my God, are with Him. You will never leave him nor forsake him. Thank You for turning Your countenance towards him. Let Your favor continue to rest upon him, Amen.

Lord, thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on me. Most of all, thank you for this wonderful child that has taught me more about you than anything else you have done in my life. I have seen them grow in you since the day you blessed my life with them. I have seen you in their eyes, in their actions, and in the words that they say. I now understand better your love for each of us, that unconditional love that leads you to great joy when we honor you and great heartbreak when we disappoint. I now get the true sacrifice of your Son dying on a cross for our sins.

So today, Lord, I lift us my own child to you for your blessings and guidance. You know that teenagers are not always easy. There are times when they are challenging me to be the adult they think they are, but I know it's not time yet. There are other times when I struggle to give them the freedom to live and grow and learn because all I remember is that it was just yesterday when I was putting band-aids on scrapes and a hug and kiss was enough to make the nightmares go away.

Lord, there are so many ways of the world that terrify me as they enter it more and more on their own. There are the obvious evils done by other people. The threat of physical harm by those we see on the news every night. I ask that you protect them from that, but I also ask that you protect them from the emotional harm that comes in these years of great emotions. I know that there are dating and friendship relationships that will come and go, and I ask that you guard their heart against things that will make them bitter. I ask that you help them make good decisions and that they remember the things I tried to teach them every day about how to honor you.

I also ask, Lord, that you guide their footsteps as they walk on their own. I ask that they have your strength as peers try to lead them down paths of destruction. I ask that they have your voice both in their heads and your voice as they speak so that they honor you in all that they do and say. I ask that they feel the strength of their faith as others try to tell them that you are not real or you are not worth following. Lord, please let them see you as the most important thing in their life, and that no matter the hardships, their faith will be solid.

And Lord, I ask for the patience to be a good example to my child during a time when they will test every part of me. Lord, help me not lose my temper, give me the strength to both stand firm when I need to and let go when the time is right. Guide my words and actions so that I am leading my child in your ways. Let me offer the right advice and set the right rules for my child to help them be the person of God you desire.

In your holy name, Amen.