Prayer for teen

prayer for teen

QUESTION: What are some prayers for teens?


Consider these prayers for teens.

When you need friends: “There are “friends” who destroy each other, but a real friend sticks closer than a brother” (Proverbs 18:24).

Heavenly Father,

You are a gracious and loving Lord. I don’t have any friends, and I really miss having them. Please bring some people into my life that I may share with them memorable times. Open my eyes to see the good qualities in people around me. Help me be the type of friend to others, as the type of friend I seek. I thank You, Heavenly Father. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: Psalms 119:63; Proverbs 17:17; Proverbs 27:10-11; Ecclesiastes 4:9-10; Malachi 3:16-17; Acts 20:35; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3-7.

When you need guidance: “The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” (Psalm 32:8).

Heavenly Father,

I know you are the great counselor! I am in need of guidance, for I don’t know what to do. Help me to do what You want done in this situation. Please send someone to show me the steps I need to take. I depend on You, and I thank You, Heavenly Father. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: 2 Samuel 22:9; Psalm 31:3; 25:9; 48:14; 78:24; 107:7; Proverbs 3:5; 16:3; Isaiah 30:21; 48:17; 58:11.

When you need money: “And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!” (Luke 12:28).

Heavenly Father,

Help me to have faith that You will provide what I need, when I need it. Open up a job that will fit the hours I have available outside of school to pay for my expenses. I trust in You, Lord. Thank You for providing for my family and me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: Psalm 23:1; 34:10; 37:25; 111:5; Isaiah 33:15-16; Joel 2:26; Malachi 3:10; Philippians 4:19.

When you feel tempted: “Dear brothers and sisters, whenever trouble comes your way, let it be an opportunity for joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow” (James 1:2-3).

Heavenly Father, I know You are strong. I need help right now, because I am being tempted to join activities that I know are not good or appropriate for me. Give me strength to say ‘no thanks’ to this pressure. Help me to find something else to keep myself busy in place of the activities my peers want me to participate in. You are my strength in this, Lord. I thank You Heavenly Father for understanding all the temptations that face teenagers today, and what it takes to refrain from being lured in the wrong direction. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: Psalm 1:1-3; 119:11; Luke 22:31-32; Ephesians 6:10-11; Hebrews 2:18; 4:15-16; James 1:12-14; 4:7; 1 Peter 1:6-7; 1 John 4:4.

When Your family needs prayer: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent” (2 Peter 3:9).

Heavenly Father,

I know You see everything and know how each situation turns out. I will trust in You. My family needs help. Show me what I can do to make life easier for them. Help my family find Your salvation so we don’t fight like we do now. Help me to show them You in my life. I thank You, Heavenly Father for your love and concern. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: Acts 11:14; 16:31.

When you need a sense of purpose: “You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name” (John 15:16).

Heavenly Father,

I look to You in my time of need. I don’t feel like I matter much to people in this world. My self-confidence is really low right now, and I don’t know where to turn. Do You really have a specific plan for my life? That is an awesome thought.

Help me to see myself, as You see me. Teach me the things I need to learn to fulfill that purpose. I place myself into Your hands, because I trust in Your opinion of me. Thank You, Heavenly Father for believing in me. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources: Jeremiah 1:5; John 14:13; 16:24; Romans 8:28-29; Romans 12:4-13.

When you feel threatened:“Think about all he endured when sinful people did such terrible things to him, so that you don’t become weary and give up” (Hebrews 12:3).

Heavenly Father,

I don’t know who else to turn to for making the bullies stop their aggression. It seems no one can stop them. They intimidate and frighten everyone. I don’t like being afraid, and it upsets me when I see them beating on others. Help me to know when to make a stand and when to ignore the threats. Please send us someone who can get them to stop.

If I cannot help them by showing them You in my life, Lord, then get them out of my way. I thank You, Heavenly Father, for protecting me and keeping me safe. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Helpful Resources:

Psalm 18:3; 91:4-15; 34:4; 138:3; Isaiah 41:10; 54:17; Jeremiah 39:17; Luke 12:4-7; John 10:28; Romans 12:14-21; Colossians 3:25; Hebrews 13:6.

When you have thoughts of suicide: “And the Holy Spirit helps us in our distress. For we don’t even know what we should pray for, nor how we should pray. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words” (Romans 8:26).

Heavenly Father,

I feel like giving up, for it seems there is no hope in me. I don’t want to go on. I don’t feel like fighting anymore. I need something to hang on to or I’m going to lose it. Show me again, Lord, how much You love me. Please, give me Scriptures that speak of Your promises for me.

I’m very tired, and I need rest. I’m afraid of these thoughts about suicide. Protect my mind, Lord, and clear my head. Help me to think good thoughts about the good things in my life. Remind me of Your goodness to me. I will keep my thoughts on You and praise You.

I thank You, Heavenly Father, for reaching down into my world and drawing me close to You. Thank You for allowing me to soak up your strength during moments like these. I’m clinging to Your strong arm this hour. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Galatians 6:9; Ephesians 6:13; Philippians 4:8; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 3:14; 10:23; 10:35-36; 1 Peter 5:8-9

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Jesus is Lord

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and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

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I pretty much adore the “tween” in my house.

She’s fun and helpful, thoughtful and sensitive.

Oh, and she cooks for me almost every day!

I’m sometimes struck with painful awareness that my time with her in my home is growing limited.

Most likely, she’s more than halfway to the spreading-her-wings-and-flying-the-coop stage of life.

And while I could wallow in how much I’ll miss her (and her chili), or how many times I’ve failed her…

or I could panic about whether she’ll stay close to the Lord, or whether she’ll be safe in these evil days…

on my best days, I choose to pray for her.

She’s not really mine, after all.

She has always been and will forever be His.

And so when I make a choice to forsake worry and turn to Him instead for a little chat about our girl…

well, I know for sure that the time I spend praying for her is never wasted.

The same is true for the tween or teen in your life, friend. Pray for him. Lift her to the Lord. We serve a God who is strong enough to intervene on their behalf, and kind enough to want to.

I invite you to join me in praying the Scriptures for your teen or “tween.”

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Prayers for Teens (& Tweens!)

Pray that he would love God’s Word, meditating on it all the day and trusting it as a lamp to his feet and a light to his path (Psalm 119:97,105).

Ask the Lord to grant her the grace to flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22).

Acknowledge to God that all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. Pray that she would continue in what she has learned and has firmly believed, knowing from whom she learned it and how from childhood she has known the Scriptures, which are able to make her wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:12-16).

Pray that he would walk with the wise, and would thus become wise himself. Ask that God would keep him from having fools for companions, which can bring him harm (Proverbs 13:20).

Ask the Lord to help him love God and keep His commands, Claim on his behalf the promise that he who loves Jesus will be loved by the Father, and that Jesus will love him and manifest Himself to him (John 14:21).

Implore the Lord to give her a love for others, in the same way she has been loved by God (John 13:34-35).

Beg God that she would never be deceived about the state of her heart before Him. Pray that her faith in God would be evidenced by good fruit in her life (Matthew 7:21).

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Pray that he would grown in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man (Luke 2:52). Lift every aspect of his life – physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, and social – to the Lord in prayer.

Ask God to implant a strong sense of her identity in Christ as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and part of a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for His own possession. Pray that she would be aware that her identity wasn’t secured only for her own sake, but so that she may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called her out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)

Acknowledge to God that where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. Pray that God would keep these things from taking root in his life. Ask the Lord to grant him wisdom from above that is pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, and without hypocrisy (James 3:16-17).

Pray that she would follow God closely and be sensitive to His leading. Ask Him to help her not be like a horse running ahead of God, or like a mule lagging behind. Pray that she would keep in step with Him always (Psalm 32:9).

Ask the Lord to keep him from loving the world and the things in the world (I John 2:15), and that he would instead set his mind on things that are above (Colossians 3:2).

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You so much for my child – this young person on the verge of adulthood, anticipating the wonderful adventures You have in store for her life. I pray, Lord, that Your name and Your glory would be the desire of her heart all the days of her life. I ask that she would find fullness of joy in Your presence, and unmatched pleasures at Your right hand. Any other way You choose to bless her would just be icing on the cake. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.

prayer for teen

Click here to print an updated version: 10 Prayers for Teens updated You might wish to add this to a Family Photo Prayer Journal. Pray the this prayer for your teenagers and their friends. If you have a wayward child, do no give up hope. Find someone to pray with you, because there is power in united prayer. “One of the mightiest men of prayer of the last generation was George Mueller of Bristol, England, who in the last sixty years of his life (he lived to be ninety-two or ninety-three) obtained the English equivalent of $7,200,000.00 by prayer. But George Mueller never prayed for a thing just because he wanted it, or even just because he felt it was greatly needed for God’s work. When it was laid upon George Mueller’s heart to pray for anything, he would search the Scriptures to find if there was some promise that covered the case. Sometimes he would search the scriptures for days before he presented his petition to God. And then when he found the promise, with his open Bible before him, and his finger upon that promise, he would plead that promise, and so he received what he asked. He always prayed with an open Bible before him” – R. A. Torrey. The Power of Prayer. 1924 (P. 81). If you would like to learn how to accept Christ, click here. For Scriptures click here

10 Prayers for Teens

  1. Lord, please help my teen to choose his/her friends carefully.
    1. The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray. Prov 12:26 (NKJV)
    2.  Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. 2 Cor 6:14 (NKJV)
  2. Lord, please help my teen to not be conformed to the world.
    1. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21 (NKJV)
    2. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2 (NKJV)
    3. For all that is in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:16-17 (NKJV)
    4. A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself,
      But the simple pass on and are punished. Prov 22:3 (NKJV)
  3. Lord, please help my teen to only speak wholesome words and to learn how to speak words of encouragment.
    1. Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. Eph 4:29 (NKJV)
  4. Lord, please help my teen to understand the importance of remaining pure until marriage.
    1. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; Eph 5:1-3 (NASB)
  5. Lord, please help my teen to seek your will in every decision.
    1. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Matt 6:33-34 (NKJV)
    2. Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
      And lean not on your own understanding;
      In all your ways acknowledge Him,
      And He shall direct your paths. Prov 3:5-6 (NKJV)
    3. With my whole heart I have sought You;
      Oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Psalms 119:10 (NKJV)
  6. Lord, please help my teen to not become rebellious in his/her heart, but to be obedient to me and toYou.
    1.  Listen to your father who begot you,
      And do not despise your mother when she is old. Prov 23:22 (NKJV)
  7. Lord, please give my teen wisdom, knowledge, and open the eyes of his/her understanding.
    1.  I do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:  that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,  the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, Eph 1:16-18 (NKJV)
    2. Do not be wise in your own eyes;
      Fear the LORD and depart from evil. Prov 3:7 (NKJV)
  8. Lord, please protect my teen from diseases and accidents.
    1. If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you. Ex 15:26 (NKJV)
    2. Psalm 91
  9. Lord, please help my teen to be courageous and be willing to take a stand even if he/she is the only one standing.
    1. Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Josh 1:9 (NKJV)
    2. Who will rise up for me against the evildoers?
      Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Psalms 94:16 (NKJV)
  10. Lord, please help my teen to love reading Your Word.
    1. I will delight myself in Your statutes;
      I will not forget Your word. Psalms 119:16 (NKJV)
    2.  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 scornful;
       But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
      And in His law he meditates day and night.
       He shall be like a tree
      Planted by the rivers of water,
      That brings forth its fruit in its season,
      Whose leaf also shall not wither;
      And whatever he does shall prosper. Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

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