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Praying the Scriptures for Your Teenagers

Praying for Honesty and Integrity

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.
Proverbs 12:22 TNIV
Prayer Principle
Very often, our greatest growth comes from our greatest failures
Praying for an Others-Centered Outlook

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit,
but in humility consider others beer than yourselves.
Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3 - 4
Prayer Principle
A short-term mission trip or ser vice in a local shelter can take a teenager out of her comfort zone and open her eyes to the joy that comes with putting the needs of others ahead of her own.
Praying for a Humble, Teachable Heart

Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.
Titus 3:1 - 2
Prayer Principle
When you pray for your teenager
to humbly submit to authority,
you are setting him up to reap God's rewards.
Praying through Anger to Composure

Better a patient person than a warrior, those with self-control than those who take a city.
Proverbs 16:32 TNIV
Prayer Principle
When our teenager is angry,
we may not understand why.
But that's OK, because God does.
Praying for Compassion and Kindness

Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness ... brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:5, 7 - 8
Prayer Principle
Faith enables us to pray with confidence -- even when
we cannot see God working -- because our prayers are
based not on what God has done but on who he is.
Praying about Your Teenager's Attire

Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as ... the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight.
1 Peter 3:3 - 4
Prayer Principle
God loves your teenager, and he cares about
even the smallest details in her life.
Praying for Your Teenager's Relationship with You

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Colossians 3:20 - 21
Prayer Principle
When we pray that our teenagers will honor and obey us,
we are opening the door to a lifetime of God's blessing.
Praying for Good Friends

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If they fall down, they can help each other up. . . .Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 - 10, 12 TNIV
Prayer Principle
Teenage friends may come and go, but the Lord will
never abandon your child.
Praying for Involvement in Church

Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another --and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:25
Prayer Principle
God doesn't call us parents to be successful;
he calls us to be faithful.
Praying for Dating Relationships

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Proverbs 13:20 TNIV
Prayer Principle
Trust God to do the things you can't -- and look for
him to show up in ways you don't expect.
Praying for Your Teenager's Relationship with Christ

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord,
continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6 - 7
Prayer Principle
Pray in your teen's bedroom when he is not home.
Play Christian music and invite
the Holy Spirit to take up residence there.
Praying for Your Teenage Driver

He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Psalm 91:11
Prayer Principle
God doesn't change. Neither does his Word.
When you pray the Scriptures,
you tap into the same power that has been working
in the lives of teenagers forever.
Praying for Your Teenage Athlete

Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.
1 Corinthians 9:25
Prayer Principle
When we realize that God is more concerned
with spiritual victories than athletic victories,
the most painful experiences often become the
most beautiful testimonies of his love.
Praying for Healing from Eating Disorders

"I am the Lord, who heals you."
Exodus 15:26
Prayer Principle
Thank God for what he has done in your teen's life --
and believe for the answers
to prayer that are yet to come.
Praying for Healing from Self-Injury

You are the children of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves ... .The Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.
Deuteronomy 14:1 - 2
Prayer Principle
God will never forget your child.
Her name is engraved on the palms of his hands.
Praying Your Teenager through Depression

This is what God promises: to bestow on [us] a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness
instead of mourning, and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
Isaiah 61:3
Prayer Principle
When you find yourself in a place
where all you can do is depend on God, do that --
and count on him to rescue you.
Praying for Your Teenage Rebel

"My wayward children," says the Lord, " come back to me, and I will heal your wayward hearts."
Jeremiah 3:22 NLT
Prayer Principle
No matter how far your teenager strays,
God is always loving him, always pursuing him,
and always calling him back.
Praying about Time Online

I will set before my eyes no vile thing. . . .
I will have nothing to do with evil.
Psalm 101:3 - 4
Prayer Principle
When you monitor your teen's Internet use,
you are not invading his privacy;
you are protecting his purity -- and his future.
Praying for Protection from Drinking

Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise.
Proverbs 20:1
Prayer Principle
As parents, we must be faithful in love,
diligent in prayer, and expectant in attitude as we wait
for God to work in our teenager's life.
Praying for Sexual Purity

Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
1 Corinthians 6:19 - 20
Prayer Principle
God's majesty and power can often be seen most
clearly against a backdrop of despair.
Praying about Choice of Music

Among you [in your music] there must be not even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed. . . . Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. . . . Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 5:3 - 4, 19b - 20
Prayer Principle
Ask God to bring people into your teenager's life
who can teach the lessons
he or she may not want to hear from you
Praying for Protection from Drugs

Don't you realize that whatever you choose to obey
becomes your master? You can choose sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God and receive his approval.
Romans 6:16 NLT
Prayer Principle
Praying with your palms open --
and truly releasing your teenager to God --
frees you from the burden of being in control.
Praying for Sin to Be Exposed

You may be sure that your sin will find you out.
Numbers 32:23
Prayer Principle
When you ask God to let your kids get caught,
be prepared. The answer to your prayer
can be hard -- but God's power, wisdom, and grace
will get you through even the darkest night
Praying for Education, Career, Marriage, and More

What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, what no human mind has conceived -- these things God has prepared for those who love him.
1 Corinthians 2:9 TNIV
Prayer Principle
God's job is to call our teenagers.
Our job is to equip them to respond.