Being a Youth is hard. Being a Christian Youth is harder.
Out teenagers are walking through turbulent years, carrying pressing burdens, feelings, temptations, desires and fears. Teenagers wrestle with living through growing pains—as Christ-followers, with living out their faith. They need our help.
More specifically, they need our prayer. They need prayer warriors. They need older generations to rise up and intercede for them. They need your loving, strategic, and persistent pleas.
But perhaps you’re unsure exactly how to pray for the teens you know. That’s why I’ve compiled some specific ways to petition the God of the universe for the souls of our teenagers.
1. Pray that our teenagers will be saved (Romans 10:1).
The deepest cry of your heart should be that God would save the unregenerate teenagers you know. Pray for authentic, total heart transformation. Pray that teenagers will not trust in a memorized childhood prayer or an emotional experience, but will repent of their sins and trust in Christ alone.
2. Pray that our teenagers will love God’s Word (Psalm 119:9-10).
Pray that God would speak to teenagers through his Word and bless them with an arresting delight in it. Pray that they would submit every question, decision, and desire to the Bible’s authority and gladly follow its counsel. Pray that they would get into Scripture daily, and that God would teach and strengthen them through it.
3. Pray that our teenagers will stay in church (Hebrews 10:25).
Pray that God would give them an abiding love for his people and a passion to participate in the community of the local church. Pray that they would prioritize church over work and friends and a thousand other trivial and temporal things. Pray that God would use the local church to equip, encourage, and sanctify them for life.
4. Pray that our teenagers will have discernment (Romans 12:2).
Pray that they will know the truth and resist false teaching. Pray that they will be committed to remaining faithful to God’s Word. Pray that they will submit themselves to sound teachers and pastors who are grounded in Scripture.
5. Pray that our teenagers will follow wise guidance (1 Corinthians 11:1).
Pray that God would put strong and gracious counselors in their lives who will point them on the right path. Pray that teenagers will have the humility to listen to their elders. Pray that God will protect them from poor decisions and naïve mistakes.
6. Pray that our teenagers will fight temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Pray that teenagers will not cave to culture or crushing peer pressure but will stand firm against the temptations they face – sexual temptation, social temptation, digital temptation. Pray that the Holy Spirit would convict them of sin and lead them in righteousness. Pray that teens would joyfully welcome and even pursue accountability.
7. Pray that our teenagers will make godly friends (Proverbs 18:24).
Pray that God would grant them flourishing friendships that will encourage them in the gospel and mature them in their faith. Pray that they will spend time with those who are kind, humble, gracious, and wise. Pray that they will be influenced for lasting good by the people they spend time with.
8. Pray that our teenagers will pursue healthy relationships (2 Timothy 2:22).
Pray that they would chase and celebrate purity in all of their relationships. Pray that God would grant them a godly spouse and protect them from sexual sin. But pray ultimately that they would love God more intimately and deeply than any boy or girl.
9. Pray that our teenagers will stand out from the world (Matthew 5:14-16).
Pray that our teenagers will embrace their identity in Christ and wholeheartedly obey him even when it costs them. Pray that they will not be blown by the winds of culture but will publicly follow Christ. Pray that they would rejoice in their freedom from sin and shine brightly in a dark world.
10. Pray that our teenagers will rise up and do great things for God (1 Timothy 4:12).
Pray that God uses this next generation to do far greater things for his kingdom than our generation. Pray that this next generation learns from both the wisdom and the errors of our elders and boldly rises up to the challenges they’ll face. Pray for this next generation–for they are our next missionaries, our pastors, our professors, our teachers, our politicians, our authors, our parents. And our next church. Let´s prepare them on purpose. Gob bless you as you pray.