Prayer for a child in trouble

by Cherry Grace G. Alday (Pasay City, Philippines)

Dear Lord, you have witnessed the rebelliousness of youth since the very beginnings of time. You understand a parent’s anguish and helplessness over the actions of his child. Please help us to transform our anger and frustration into loving care for our child who has gone astray. Help us begin to mend our broken fences and heal our broken hearts. Bless our child and also help him to mend the error of his ways. Help and bless us all to do right in Your name and restore us to peace and tranquility. Amen.

“Forgive the rebellious sins of youth …” Psalm 25:7

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Parents of adult children need to pray powerful prayers when they pray for their children, when their son or daughter goes through a problem or a life crisis such as marriage problems, divorce, unemployment, job problems, child custody issues, a crisis of faith, depression, addiction, family quarrels or other stressful situations.  Here is a prayer for the restoration of grown sons and daughters that parents of adult children can pray using Bible verses from Isaiah 49:8-18.  (NIV)

Dear Heavenly Father, I come to you as a fellow parent, knowing that you understand how my heart breaks for __________________(name) my grown child’s situation.  I am praying now for your help and hope to be reborn in all of us as I pray the words of Isaiah over them.

This is what the Lord says;

“In the time of my favor I will answer you, and in the day of salvation I will help you;  I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritance, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’

I claim this prayer time as the day of favor for my child.  I thank you that you have promised to help us.  I thank you that you have promised to restore the lost and broken parts. Here are some specific things that need restoration in my child’s life __________________________________

I thank you that you promise to be my child’s keeper.  Here are the things that I can’t do for them that I place into your keeping _____________________________________

I thank you that you promise that you will set them free.  Here are things from which my child needs to be set free today _________________________________________________________________

 They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill.  They will neither hunger nor thirst, nor will the desert heat or the sun beat upon them.  He who has compassion will guide them and lead them besides springs of water.  I will turn all my mountains into roads and my highways will be raised up.  See, they will come from afar – some from the north, some from the west, some from the region of Aswan. 

I thank you that you can provide for the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of my child today.  Here are some of the most pressing needs they have___________________________________________

I thank you that you feel deep compassion for them, that you want to see them well and whole and joyous and in good relationships with others and with yourself. Here are some things that break my heart and worry me about my child’s situation_________________________________________

I pray that you will guide my child to the help they need.  I pray that you will give them rest and give them the strength for the journey back to stability.  Here are the issues on which my child needs your guidance today_____________________________________________________________

 Shout for joy, O heavens; rejoice, O earth; burst into song, O mountains!  For the Lord comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. 

I praise you now for the comfort you are bringing me that you are with us all and that you care deeply.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me.”  “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne?  Though she may forget, I will never forget you!  See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.  Your sons hasten back, and those who laid you waste depart from you.  Lift up your eyes and look around; all your sons gather and come to you.  As surely as I live,” declares the lord, “You will wear them all as ornaments, you will put them on like a bride.”

Dear Father, help my child to not feel alone and forgotten by the world or by you.  Instead, help them turn to you that they may be healed and helped.  Help them to know the deep love I have for them as a parent.  I ask for your guidance on how to express my deep love for my child in a way that they will accept and understand.  Please give me one specific thought or idea now____________________________

Help me to trust you totally, knowing that you have not forgotten me or my child.  Help me to stand in your presence, knowing that you always see me.  I pray against the following things that have laid waste to my child.  May these things depart from them by your power_______________________________

I now end my prayer, lifting my eyes toward you, believing that you are at work in ways I will soon see.  I thank you for the gathering back in of my child to you and to our family.  May our family’s beautiful love and joy together be apparent for all to see.

I pray these things in the strong and loving name of Jesus Christ, God’s only son.  Amen

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Heavenly Father, I thank You greatly for Your beloved Son, Lord Jesus Christ, one clothed in Divine power, a great Physician, who walked upon the earth, curing the sick, delivering the many tormented by evil spirits, making the lame walk and the blind to see.

What great authority He had over the demons and what great power He had over those who needed His healing!

Matthew 8 : 17 He Himself took our infirmities And bore our sicknesses.

Healing of bodily diseases

Lord Jesus Christ, You bore our sufferings and carried our sorrows. To You was revealed the powers of heaven and might. I call upon Your blessed name to come upon with power on my bodily diseases and heal them.

As You made clean the lepers, heal those with diseases that affect the body and make them clean and whole again. Heal me too from any spiritual leprosy, as I humble myself under Your feet and seek forgiveness for all I have done against the word of the Father and His will.

I pray and believe that no guilt is so great, that which Your precious blood cannot atone. No corruption so strong, that Your grace cannot subdue. No illness that is incurable in Your blessed name, Lord Jesus.

Read: Powerful Prayer for total and complete Healing

Jesus You bore our sufferings and sorrows, and to You was revealed the powers of heaven. Click To Tweet

Matthew 8 : 8 The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.

Praying for faith

Help me, Lord Jesus, to have great faith like the centurion. Remove my unbelief and my excuses to doubt. Help me to humble myself before You at all times, in all circumstances, bringing my supplications and prayers, and bringing before You those who need Your power of healing and recovery.

Read: Prayer: Command and Declare Healing

Matthew 8 : 31 So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.”

Outpouring of the Holy Spirit

Lord Jesus, pour out Your Holy Spirit on those who minister in the ministry of deliverance. May Your power of deliverance work through their hands as they bring those affected by demons and captivated by evil spirits, and relieve them of satan’s trap and antagonism.

Lord Jesus, like You cast out the demons, pour out Your Holy Spirit on us today. Click To Tweet

Lord Jesus, may nothing come in the way of following Your will and way. May my earthly duties and cares never take over Your call to follow You in service and to do Your will.

Matthew 8:26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm

Lord, may no harm or tragedies scare me away from Your comfort and help. Help me, Lord, to always rely on Your strength and Your saving grace, as I remember that even the waves and winds obey Your order. May I always keep the light of faith burning in all the troubles and afflictions I face.

Read: God’s Healing is for everyone

Matthew 21 : 22 And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive.

May I always remember and have great faith in Your words, “Believe, and you shall receive, only believe”. In my faith and belief, I will see Your power, Lord Jesus Christ, healing my soul. And may I rejoice and give God all glory, in Your blessed name, Amen!

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