We will never be perfect parents, but we can always be praying parents.
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I don’t know about you, but this idea of being a faithful praying parent gives me hope. I struggle with my failures as a mom and need the reminder that I will never be perfect but I can keep praying.
I will never be a perfect parent to my tweens or teens, but giving my children the gift of a praying mom is a treasure beyond what words can express.
I must remind myself that I need not be perfect anyway because my children do have a Perfect Heavenly Father who loves them more than I ever possibly could. It is my desire that in my failings as a mom, I can point them to Jesus who will never let them down!
Sometimes, though, prayer doesn’t come easy. We are all out of words. Our hearts are burdened and it’s hard to even formulate sentences. This is where praying God’s Word has been transformative in my own life. Through a dark season in my own life, God taught me to pray the very words that He has given us.
10 Verses to Pray for Your Tweens
I want to share with you a few of my favorite verses to pray over my children!
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the LORD is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deuteronomy 6:4.
So often our children, especially when they begin entering the teen years, wonder what God’s will is for their lives. God’s will for each of us is spelled out so perfectly here in this passage. No matter where you end up in life, no matter your career, no matter your relationships, we are called to love God with all our hearts, all our souls, all our strength. Lord, may our children love You with all of their hearts, souls, and strength.
“Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9.
Lord, may our children be strong and courageous for You, God. Lord God, You are with us, You are with me. You are in the midst of our home and we can’t thank You enough for Your presence. God, on our own, we fail at this being strong and unafraid thing. By your might and grace alone, help us to trust You more with each passing day. I ask you to help us, as parents, to live lives of absolute trust and surrender that all they know to do is trust You. When our children are afraid – when we are afraid – remind us of Joshua’s story. Remind us of your presence. Remind us of your goodness. You are Emmanuel…God with us.
“Now the Lord came and stood and called as at other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel answered, ‘Speak, for Your servant hears.” 1 Samuel 3:10.
Lord, we want to recognize Your voice. Teach us, through Your Word, what Your voice sounds like so that we can know truth from a lie. Help us to know You more, to recognize Your voice, and in turn, to hear You. We don’t want to mistake the voice of the world with the voice of our Savior. We will learn your voice the more time we spend with You and in Your Word.
So, we are asking for your grace and your mercy to cover our home, grant us time and discipline to spend that time in ways that allow us to know You more. As parents, may we show our children a love for You and Your Word that draws them to Yourself. Holy Spirit, have Your way in our home. Speak, Lord, we are listening.
“Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14.
Lord, sometimes I wonder what in the world I am doing, what my purpose is, and if there isn’t some big huge thing you are calling me to do. But, the story of Esther helps us all know that You have placed us on this earth for such a time as this.
Right now. Right here. I am here for a purpose. My children are here for a purpose. Help us to point others to You, Jesus, every single day. Help us to look around us and see that You have given us relationships, circumstances and places to share You with others. May each of our children know that You created them for a purpose; for such a time as this.
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21.
May my children praise You in all things. I desire to praise You no matter what, Lord. May I be like Job and praise You in the storms of life. In the desperate times, I’m desperate for You, nothing else will satisfy. Jesus, You alone are worthy of my praise. And You are good no matter what is happening around me. You deserve my praise even when I don’t understand what is happening around me. May I be an example to my children of praising You no matter what. You are worthy. Blessed be the name of the Lord!
“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the unscornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2.
Lord God, we desire to be Your blessed people. Grant us the wisdom and discernment to not seek counsel among the ungodly. May we show them Jesus, without seeking or listening to their counsel. Lord, the ungodly are all around us. We desire to please You, to show the world who You are, but we desperately need to stay close to You to do so. Our delight is You and Your Word. Thank You that when we focus on you, meditate on Your Word and fix our eyes on Jesus, you enable us to be who You created us to be.
Your Word is powerful. Oh Lord, may our children delight in You and Your Word, that is the cry of our hearts as parents. May they not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. As they grow, bring Godly and wise and loving friends and leaders into their lives. May You and Your Word forever be the delight of our souls. We love You.
“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Psalm 23:1. (Read all of Psalm 23.)
Father, You are my shepherd, I shall not want. You make me lie down in green pastures, You lead me beside quiet waters. You restore my soul; You lead me in paths of righteousness for Your name sake! Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in Your house forever. Father, You are my child’s shepherd, may they not want…may they be content in You and You alone. You are our shepherd, we have all we need. You lead us, you restore us. Surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our lives…because of You, Lord, we are grateful. For your glory.
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7.
Oh Lord, may it never be said of our family that we despise wisdom and knowledge. Teach us to fear You. Teach us to love you more and more with each passing day so that we will never be foolish according to this description. Teach my children to fear Your Name, Lord. Teach my children the beginning of knowledge is love and fear for You and You alone. May my children grow to love Your wisdom and Your instruction, Lord.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Lord, You love us with a love we cannot fathom in our humanness. Yet You also call us, as Your children, to love others in that same way. By Your grace help me to show Your patience and Your kindness to all of those I encounter, but especially in our home. God, cause us not to envy, convict us when our pride begins to show its ugly head, may our response to our own sin against one another be repentance and humility.
Help me to seek after Your own heart and not my own desires, help me to fix my eyes on You and not the evil around me. May my rejoicing be in You and Your mighty works on this earth, not my own doing or anything that does not point to truth. Give me the grace and strength to show my family that I believe in them, that I hope good things for them and that my love for them will always endure. May I be Jesus to my family.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.
Lord, in Christ we are made new. May my children learn this even at a young age. Thank You that we can look beyond our past straight into the eyes of our loving Savior. Thank You that You are alive in each of us and for the HOPE that gives us. Increase our faith, Lord, because sometimes, living in this world, it just gets so hard. We see destruction around us, not to mention our own sinfulness and worldliness and we struggle. But, grow our faith and grow our trust in You and remind us that You truly do work all things for Your good.
Thank You for loving me and giving Yourself for me.
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