Please surround my teenager with your presence today.
Walk with him, sit by him, whisper to him when he’s alone.
Give him ears to hear you and a voice that praises you.
May the knowledge he has of you seep into his daily living.
Guide his thoughts, channel his emotions, temper his actions
so that wherever he is and whatever he does,
he brings you glory.
Even when he strays, doubts, or disbelieves,
stand close to him and remind him gently
that you are his father, his savior, his everything.
Forgive him for his many sins and restore him to you.
Guard his heart and soul. Defend his mind.
Bring him friends and mentors to reflect your love and grace,
your mission and passion–
people who will influence him to grow,
to reach his world,
and to live in relationship with you.
I pray the blood of Jesus over him
and the power of the Holy Spirit upon him.
Remember that you gave him to me,
and I gave him back.
He’s yours. I want you to have him because you know him best.
And because I’m his mother, please protect him.
I love you, and I trust you.
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Prayer for a Teenager
Father, in the name of Jesus, I affirm Your Word over my son/daughter. I commit __________ to you and delight myself also in You. I thank You that You deliver __________ out of rebellion into right relationship with us, his/her parents.
Father, the first commandment with a promise is to the child who obeys his/her parents in the Lord. You said that all will be well with him/her and he/she will live long on the earth. I affirm this promise on behalf of my child, asking You to give __________ an obedient spirit that he/she may honor (esteem and value as precious) his/her father and mother.
Father, forgive me for mistakes made out of my own unresolved hurts or selfishness, which may have caused __________ hurt. I release the anointing that is upon Jesus to bind up and heal our (parents’ and child’s) broken hearts. Give us the ability to understand and forgive one another as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven us. Thank You for the Holy Spirit Who leads us into all truth and corrects erroneous perceptions about past or present situations.
Thank You for teaching us to listen to each other and giving __________ an ear that hears admonition, for then he/she will be called wise. I affirm that I will speak excellent and princely things and the opening of my lips shall be for right things. Father, I commit to train and teach __________ in the way that he/she is to go, and when __________ is old he/she will not depart from sound doctrine and teaching, but will follow it all the days of his/her life. In the name of Jesus, I command rebellion to be far from the heart of my child and confess that he/she is willing and obedient, free to enjoy the reward of Your promises. __________ shall be peaceful bringing peace to others.
Father, according to Your Word we have been given the ministry of reconciliation, and I release this ministry and the word of reconciliation into this family situation. I refuse to provoke or irritate or fret my child; I will not be hard on him/her lest he/she becomes discouraged, feeling inferior and frustrated. I will not break his/her spirit, in the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit. Father, I forgive my child for the wrongs he/she has done and stand in the gap until he/she comes to his/her senses and escapes out of the snare of the enemy (rebellion). Thank You for watching over Your Word to perform it, turning and reconciling the heart of the rebellious child to the parents and the hearts of the parents to the child. Thank You for bringing my child back into a healthy relationship with You and with me that our lives might glorify You! Amen.