Prayer for a troubled child

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

Return to Prayers for Children

Prayer can be very comforting, especially when a mother is concerned for her children. There is no doubt that being a mother can be frightening and frustrating, but is undoubtedly also a rewarding job. A mother’s prayer can be a blessing for her child or a plea for rescue; in any case, prayer can be a soothing way to ease the burden sometimes inherent in raising a child.

A Prayer for a Sick Child

St. Gerard, who, like the Savior, loved children so tenderly and by your prayers freed many disease and even death, listen to me who is pleading for a sick child. I thank God for the great gift of my child and ask Him to restore my child to health if such be His holy will. This favor I beg of you through your love for all children and mothers. Amen

Prayer for a Troubled Child

Dear Lord, you have witnessed the rebelliousness of youth since the very beginnings of time. You understand a mother’s anguish and helplessness over the actions of her child. Please help me to transform my anger and frustration into loving care for my child who has gone astray. Help me begin to mend broken fences and heal broken hearts. Bless my 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.

Blessing for a Child

My daughter, I bless you in the name of Jesus, proclaiming the blessings of God, my Redeemer, upon you. May He give you wisdom, a reverential fear of God, and a heart of love. May He create in you the desire to attend to His words; a willing and obedient heart that you may consent and submit to His ways. May your eyes look straight ahead with purpose for the future. May your tongue be as the pen of a ready writer, writing mercy and kindness upon the tablets of your heart. May you speak the truth in love. May your hands do the works of the Father, may your feet walk the paths which He has foreordained for you.

Prayer for an Angry or Depressed Child

Heavenly Father, my child is your greatest gift, and my biggest challenge. I know my child is truly distressed and yet I am at my wit’s end to find a peaceful resolution. I feel helpless and frustrated.

I ask myself, What would my Heavenly Father do in His infinite wisdom and beneficence?

Lord, come into my heart and mind, and share Your loving wisdom with me! Help my child to heal his pain, and help me to become as loving and wise a parent, as You are for me Your child. Thank You Lord, for hearing me and coming to my aid. Bring your loving Peace to me and my child today.


I have been married to my husband for 16 years. The first 10 years of our marriage were absolutely wonderful. We have two beautiful daughters. At the 10 year mark, he had a 6 week affair. I was devastated, but we went to counseling to try to work through it. Things did get better for a few years. We started going to church together, I learned about God, grew in my relationship with Him, was baptized, and became very involved with my church.

I found out that my husband had been using drugs, looks at pornography, even of teenaged girls. This caused a lot of problems in our marriage, and things continued to spiral out of control from there. To add to already huge amounts of stress, I have been dealing with a terrible, progressive illness that leaves me homebound the majority of the time. I have been through 5 major surgeries hoping for a cure, including brain surgery. Throughout all of this, I have leaned on my best friend of 25 years for support and advice. She has been there for me through it all. Last summer, I began to suspect that my husband was cheating again, all of the signs were there. He of course denied it, but it was obvious from his behavior. My best friend told me repeatedly that I should “kick him to the curb because he cannot be trusted.” She did everything in her power to convince me to leave him, but I held on in the hopes that I was wrong. This went on for months. I went to her house unannounced and sure enough, caught my husband naked with her, my very best friend. Even caught red handed, they both tried to lie their way out of it. That was six months ago. I asked my husband to move out, and I filed for divorce, as much as I hated to, I felt it was my only choice. We are separated, and she is separated from her husband as well. They continue with their relationship, regardless of how many people are hurting from it. They both refuse to talk to me. She laughs at me when she sees me because I “won’t get over it”. Our children are on the same ball team, so I have to face them three times each week. They admit they are still together, but act like they are not in public. And to top it off, she is an elementary school teacher in our small hometown. Our entire town knows that this married teacher had and is still having an affair with my husband. They both say that our marriages are ” just a piece of paper” since we are separated. I feel overwhelmed with sadness and betrayal, each day is like torture. I pray and pray and pray for strength, for wisdom, and for God to show me what to do. The pain is almost unbearable. I pray for God to open their eyes, and even pray for their relationship to end. But it has been so long, and each day is harder than the day before. I’m staying active in church, doing God’s work, helping others, praying. It seems like the more I dig in, the closer they get and the more pain I feel. I am not hearing from God, and I feel hopeless.

Please pray for me.

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