Pray for Your Adult Children
- Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Understand God’s purpose for their lives: Ask God to help your adult children figure out the best direction they should go with their lives. Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide them as they make decisions, from where to go to college to what career and volunteer work to pursue. Ask God to help them discover, develop, and use the gifts and talents He has given them. Pray for God to encourage them and clear away confusion when they become overwhelmed or fail, so they can hear from His Spirit in fresh ways and keep fulfilling His purposes for their lives. Ask God to instill a desire in them to always be in the center of His will.
Work successfully and have financial stability: Ask God to give your adult children a strong desire to be diligent and work hard, always giving their best effort to the tasks they undertake. Pray that they will be able to earn an income that meets their needs. Also pray that they will: always work when opportunities arise; have the wisdom they need to save money for tough times; learn to give generously to support God’s work on earth; seek God about everything, including the financial provision they need; gain wealth according to God’s will; know that true treasure is found in God; and always have a sense of what is right and ethical about managing money.
Have a sound mind and a right attitude: Ask God to help your adult children make the right choices about what they allow into their minds so they’ll have nothing less than the sound minds He has given them. Pray that God will protect them from having evil fill their minds with lies that oppress them mentally and emotionally. Ask God to dissolve bad attitudes in their minds, such as pride, fear, anger, anxiety, and a broken heart. Encourage your adult children to develop a habit of praising God regularly, since that practice will heal their minds, emotions, and attitudes. Pray for Christ’s peace to flood their souls and rule in their hearts every day.
Resist evil influences and destructive behavior: Ask God to give each of your adult children a humble, repentant, and teachable spirit. Pray for God to destroy any spirit of rebellion in their lives. God’s love and grace will always be available to your children, no matter what they’ve done. Ask God to help them return to Him after they’ve strayed. Pray that: God will open their eyes to see the truth and not be blinded by evil lies, they can hear God’s voice leading them, their hearts will be filled with wisdom and knowledge, they will turn away from evil when they encounter it, they will understand that they are engaged in a spiritual battle every day, they will respond to trials by turning to God, and they will learn to praise God for the healing and deliverance He has for them.
Avoid all sexual pollution and temptation: Ask God to give your adult children a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on them to cause them to see the world from God’s perspective and can better resist an attack of lust. Pray that they will: have a renewed heart for God, His Word, and His ways; have wisdom, discernment, and revelation about how to avoid sexual pollution; find freedom, restoration, and wholeness from whatever has already sexually polluted them; refuse to look at whatever is offensive to God and harmful to them; focus on the path and purpose God has for them; recognize the power of lust to destroy their souls; understand that lust in any form is against God’s will; live in the Spirit of God and not in the lust of the flesh; and run to God and the truth of His Word whenever they’re tempted to be drawn into sexual pollution of any kind.
Experience good health and God’s healing: If your adult children are in good health now, ask God to show them what to do to maintain good health: what to eat, how to exercise, and how to get rejuvenating sleep. Pray that they will have the discernment to know what’s good and what’s bad for them, the wisdom to make right choices, and the revelation about what is right for their particular bodies. If they’re struggling with bad health brought on by sickness or injury, point them to Jesus as their healer and never stop praying for their complete healing, regardless of the severity of their medical prognosis. Ask God to give you and your adult children the faith you need to pray boldly for healing and help you not lose heart or hope. Encourage your adult children to trust God to answer your prayers according to what’s best.
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