Parenting Your Teenagers Through Prayer
Teenagers struggle hard. Christian teenagers struggle harder. Teenagers are in probably the most confusing and turbulent phase of their lives. They are carrying different burdens, feeling, temptations desires, pains and fears. Teenagers also wrestle with living, through growing distress as Christians or Christ followers, with living out our faith.
They need all the help they can get. More specifically, they need tons of prayers. They need people to intercede for them in the place of prayer. They need the older generation to rise u and intercede for them. The older generation has passed though the very same phase, so they will be more strategic and persistent in praying for them so that they don’t fall into the same temptations, mistakes the older generation fell into.
But perhaps you’re not sure exactly how to pray for the teens you know. That’s why, we’ve listed out 11 specific ways to petition the God of the universe for the souls of teenagers.
1. Pray that your teens will be saved (Romans 10:1).
The deepest cry of your heart should be that God would save the unregenerate teens you know. Pray for authentic, total heart transformation. Pray that teens will not trust in a memorized childhood prayer or an emotional experience, but will repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone.
2. Pray that they will love God’s Word (Psalm 119:9-10).
Pray that they will see the good in this and make time for it. That prayer, Bible reading and private worship will be important to them. For those teensthat do not do this, pray the Lord will move them to trying it. I often pray that we will have such an awesome encounter with Jesus that it will lead to us to want more of Him. Pray for this for your teenager.
3. Pray that your teens will stay in church (Hebrews 10:25).
Pray that God would give them an abiding love for sis people and a passion to participate in the community of the local church. Pray that they would prioritize church over work and friends and a thousand other trivial and temporal things. Pray that God would use the local church to equip, encourage, and sanctify them for life.
4. Pray that your teens will have discernment (Romans 12:2).
Pray that they will know the truth and resist false teaching. Pray that they will be committed to remaining faithful to God’s Word. Pray that they will submit themselves to sound teachers and pastors who are grounded in Scripture.
5. Pray that your teens will follow wise guides (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Pray that God would put strong and gracious counselors in their lives who will point them on the right path. Pray that teens will have the humility to listen to their elders. Pray that God will protect them from poor decisions and naïve mistakes.
6. Pray that your teens will fight temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Pray that teens will not cave to culture or crushing peer pressure but will stand firm against the temptations they face – sexual temptation, social temptation, digital temptation. Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict them of sin and lead them in righteousness. Pray that teens would joyfully welcome and even pursue accountability.
7. Pray that your teens will make godly friends (Proverbs 18:24).
An essential trait for a Christian teenager to make it through teen years still loving God is having friends that love God and love them. Pray that the Lord will bring Godly friends into your teenagers life, and that He will build around them good Christian community. This is one the KEYS to teenagers keeping and holding on to their faith during there teen years. Influence is a heavy weight in the lives of teenagers, and whoever influences your teen, is who they will become.
8. Pray that your teens will pursue healthy relationships (2 Timothy 2:22).
Pray that they would chase and celebrate purity in all of their relationships. Pray that God would grant them a godly spouse and protect them from sexual sin. But pray ultimately that they would love God more intimately and deeply than any boy or girl.
9. Pray that your teens will stand out from the world (Matthew 5:14-16).
Pray that teens will embrace their identity in Christ and wholeheartedly obey him even when it costs them. Pray that they will not be blown by the winds of culture but will risk their reputations to publicly follow Christ. Pray that they would rejoice in their freedom from sin and shine brightly in a dark world.
10. Pray that your teens will endure suffering well (2 Timothy 4:5).
Pray that God would teach them trust in him through their bitterest trials. Pray that they would be sanctified through suffering. Pray that God would use their circumstances to make their faith stronger and happier and more resilient.
11. Pray that your teens will rise up and do great things for God (1 Timothy 4:12).
Pray that God uses this next generation to do far greater things for his kingdom than your generation. Pray that this next generation learns from both the wisdom and the errors of our elders and boldly rises up to the challenges we’ll face. Pray for this next generation–for we are your next missionaries, your pastors, your professors, your teachers, your politicians, your authors, your parents. And we’re your next church.