I don’t know how it happened. My little boys who use to make mud pies, drive cars through the dirt, and wear cowboy hats and boots, have become teenagers. These boys who use to love being wherever I was, now long to go hang out with their friends.
It is the natural way of life. Yet, I have found that the older they get, the harder I pray. For when they are young, they depended so much on me and their dad. Yet, as they grow older they must learn all the more how to depend upon the Lord.
So I pray regularly for them, not that they’d be a success in the eyes of this “world”, but that they would be pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.
10 things to pray for your teens:
1. Pray that they will have their own “real and personal” relationship with the Lord. One that is not based upon what they have been told, but rather what they have experienced in their own lives with the Lord.
2. Pray that they will desire the things of the Lord more than their own way, and be willing to follow hard after Him.
3. Pray that they would seek the Lord and His wisdom first before making decisions. Being willing to wait upon the Lord and His perfect timing.
4. Pray that they would seek and desire after a godly mate, and that God would bless them with a wonderful marriage.
5. Pray that they will remain pure until they are married.
6. Pray that no matter what God ask, no matter how big or how small, they will walk in obedience to His leading in their lives.
7. Pray that their lives will reflect their walk with the Lord, that others will see Jesus when they look at them.
8. Pray that they will never become so successful that they depend upon themselves rather than the Lord.
9. Pray that they will raise up their children and your future grandchildren in the ways of the Lord.
10. Pray that they will always know how much they are loved, how special they are, and that “in Christ”, they are perfect.
As a mom we want our kids safe, we want them successful, we want them to have friends, to experience love, to enjoy life….but I’m realizing that more than all of that, our greatest desire should be that they truly love the Lord their God with all of their hearts, mind, and strength.
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
3 John 1:4