Whether it is sleepless nights with a newborn, keeping up with a toddler or navigating the tween and teen years, many parents turn to prayer for strength and guidance. But what about when our kids are grown? Praying for adult children is just as important and those prayers can have a huge impact.
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My children are grown and raising children of their own and I know first hand many of the struggles they face. Even just one generation from when our children were young, I see that the world is less favorable in acknowledging the role of faith needed in parenting or even in life choices for that matter.
We never stop caring about our children, not even when they are grown and aging themselves. No matter what age they are, they are still our children and we want the best for them. That caring continues from birth to as long as we have breath.
True, our influence in their lives may lessen as they age, become independent, and build their own lives. Relationships change, hopefully as they should. We continue to love and encourage as they live through each season they pass through.
Whatever our relationship with them, or their relationship with God, we can use the powerful tool of prayer on their behalf.
Many things clamor for our attention no matter our age, pulling us away from the teaching in the Bible. And many of these pulls are hard to identify and can be even harder to distance from.
Do you feel unable to shield or protect those most dear to you? Do you wonder if there is any hope for our precious offspring and the struggles they face daily?
Oh, Yes! There IS hope!
Hope in the Lord
There are many verses in Scripture that speak on hope. God knows that at times we struggle finding and holding on to hope especially when circumstances are hard and the pressures are unending.
I’ll share just a few of these verses because my main focus in this post is sharing some specific ways to pray for our adult kids.
Think on these verses when you need encouragement and refreshment for your soul that offer hope. Because everyone needs to be reminded from time to time of the hope that God, Jesus and the Bible offer to us in our need and daily lives.
- Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
- Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
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Praying for Adult Children
Whether or not your adult children have accepted the gift of salvation or you are still waiting for the Lord to open their eyes, there is tremendous value in your prayers lifted in their behalf.
There is no perfect formula in praying and no perfect words. No recipe to guarantee the answer we want. But we can lay our concerns and burdens down in prayer knowing God is tender with our hearts and hears every prayer, counts every tear.
And as we well know, each adult child has different and specific challenges relating to their personalities and circumstances. And even those needs change as they age and face new chapters in their lives.
Many prayer needs are identifiable just by observing our adult children. Some may openly ask for prayer about a situation. Other times it may be hard to know what their individual needs are. But even then, we are able to approach the Throne of Grace on their behalf because God knows their every need.
If you are aware of specific concerns causing your kids difficulty, pray about them. Look over the list below. Not all of them will pertain to your adult children and it certainly isn’t an exhausted list but rather some areas where wisdom and discernment is often needed. These topics are a place to begin.
As you pray and speak to God, lay your concerns at his feet. It doesn’t matter how young or old they are, you can rest in the power of God working through your prayers. He hears the cry of your heart – even when you have no words to express it.
Prayers for Adult Children
In prayer, we ask the omnipotent, omnipresent God to intervene on behalf of our adult children.
Begin here using these areas as your think about and pray for your adult children concerning:
- Their relationship with Jesus through faith in His work on the cross
- A commitment to reading Scripture
- That they would come to know and believe that God created him/her with a unique personality, talents and skills and has a perfect plan and purpose for him/her.
- Strength to overcome temptation
- Reliance on God and not self
- Overcome “Fear of Man” and trying to please others or live up to what social media presents.
- Career choices and diligence in work
- Unity with spouse in marriage relationship
- Wisdom in parenting
- Struggles, addictions, or emotional trials they are facing
- Patience and discernment in daily circumstances
- Wisdom in relationships and friends
Prayer pages, prompts and bookmarks
I hope you will print out the FREE download below. Use the pages to write out your concerns and find Bible verses that speak on that very situation. Print a page for each adult child and create a new one weekly, monthly or however often you want.
Tuck the bookmarks into your bible. You can print them at home or at your local business supply store. They will also laminate then for just a couple of dollars making them durable and lasting.
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handmade by amalia says
Well said. When we really care – it is for life.