Enjoy a successful marriage and raise godly children:  Pray that your adult children will marry fellow believers who are sexually pure before marriage and have godly character.  Pray that they will have strong relationships with their in-laws.  Ask God to help your adult children be good parents by: recognizing that their children are gifts from God, training their children in God’s ways, teaching their children with love rather than anger, disciplining their children wisely and diligently, and obey God’s ways while raising their children so their prayers will be answered.

Maintain strong and fulfilling relationships:  Ask God to help your adult children develop good relationships with godly friends; coworkers; and family members like their siblings and cousins, you and your spouse, and extended family.  Pray that God will remove people from their lives who are bad influences on them.  Ask God to help your adult children pursue forgiveness and reconciliation to fix broken relationships with others.

Be protected and survive tough times:  Pray that your adult children will have long and fruitful lives.  Ask God to protect them from falling victim to manifestations of evil.  Pray that they will: have the wisdom and judgment to do what’s right in every situation, learn to fear God and not other people, trust God and His Word, live in the presence of God where there is safety, make God their refuge and turn to Him for protection, use God’s Word as their shield from evil attacks, refuse to live in fear of danger or disease – even when they see destruction happening around them, understand the consequences for not living God’s way, and understand that the reward for living God’s way is protection. 

Ask God to surround your adult children with guardian angels.  Whenever your adult children are going through a tough time, pray that they will be aware of God’s presence with them and rely on His strength to get through it well.  Ask God to bring something good for them out of even the worst situations.

Walk into the future that God has for them: Ask God to help your adult children rely on His guidance every day so they can discover the peaceful and hopeful lives He wants them to live.  Pray for God to give them the strength and opportunities they need to fulfill His purposes for their lives.  Ask God to help them remain faithful and keep growing through their whole lifetimes.   Remember that, in Christ, nothing can ever separate them from God’s love.

August 18, 2009

Adapted from The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children, copyright 2009 by Stormie Omartian. Published by Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, Or., http://www.harvesthousepublishers.com/.  

Stormie Omartian is the bestselling author of The Power of a Praying® series (more than 13 million copies sold worldwide), which includes The Power of a Praying® Wife and The Power of a Praying® Husband. Her many other books include Just Enough Light for the Step I’m On, The Prayer That Changes Everything®, The Power of a Praying® Woman, The Power of Praying® Through the Bible, and The Power of Prayer to Change Your Marriage. Stormie and her husband, Michael, have been married more than 35 years and are the parents of two adult children.