5 Fabulous Ways to Pray for Young Adult Children

“In many ways, they will need you MORE as young adults than they have at any other point in their growing up years.

The decisions are bigger now!

The pressure is greater!

And, their need for wise counsel and coaching is enormous!”

This is what one of my very wise mentors told me as my first child was starting college.

She was and is so right.

When our kids hit these young adult years—between ages 18-30—they do need our wise counsel, our support, our money, our time, our help, and our wisdom.

And, they need our prayers.

Unlike any other season of their lives, our young adults need us to be faithfully lifting them up in prayer. Click To Tweet

When our children hit the young adult year, it can be challenge. Here is an article that gives practical tips on how you can pray for your children as they face huge life transitions and decisions.

Here are 5 Ways to Pray for Young Adult Children:

Pray for them to Walk in Wisdom

There are moments when our young adult children will swing back and forth between wisdom and foolishness.

We need to pray that they will move toward greater and greater discretion and understanding.

Here’s a verse that you can pray:

“So let ____________ be careful how he/she lives. Don’t live them live like fools, but let _________ live like those who are wise. Teach ____________ to make the most of every opportunity in these evil days.” (Ephesians 5:15-16)

Pray for them to Grow Up

Our kids may look all grown up, but most of them still have much maturing to do in their twenties.

We need to pray that God will grow them, teach them, train them, and mature them.

Here’s a verse that you can pray:

“As Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people, grow ____________ in wisdom, in stature, and in favor with God and all the people.” (Luke 2:52)

Pray for them to Hang Out with Wise Friends

Friends are a huge deal to most young adults. Pray that God will surround your kids with wise, healthy, and positive friends.

Pray for those negative, immature, unhealthy friends out of their lives.

Here are two verses that you can pray:

“Would you help ____________ to not hang out at Sin Saloon, or slink along Dead-End Road, or go to Smart-Mouth College? Instead, help ___________ to thrill to God’s Word, to chew on Scripture day and night.” (Psalm 1:1, MSG)

“Help __________ to not be deceived and to realize that bad company ruins good morals. Protect __________ from bad company, unhealthy friends, and unwise companions.” (1 Corinthians 15:33)

When our children hit the young adult year, it can be challenge. Here is an article that gives practical tips on how you can pray for your children as they face huge life transitions and decisions.

Pray for them to Seek God

With so many things competing for our young adult kids’ attention, we need to pray that they will be drawn to the Lord.

Here’s a verse that you can pray:

“Thank You for listening when we pray. Encourage _________ to pray. And, put in ____________ ‘s heart a desire to look for You wholeheartedly. Thank You that ____________ will find You if they seek after You with their whole heart.” (Jeremiah 29:12-13)

Pray for them to Get in on God’s Plan for Their Lives

I don’t believe there is a season in our children’s lives filled with more major decisions than this one.

They are deciding what to study, where to go to college, where to live, whom to marry, what career to pursue, and who they will become.

Our young adult kids need for us to pray for them as never before. Click To Tweet

Here’s a great verse that you can pray:

“Thank You that You will fulfill Your purpose for __________ and for his/her life.” (Psalm 138:8)

(You can find out more about relating more positively to your young adults by checking out this article, “10 Unexpected JOYS of Young Adult Children.” Just click HERE to read the article.)

And, you may want to check out these previous parenting articles for other age groups: (Just click on the title to access each article.)

So, what do you think?

How do you pray for your young adult kids? Click To Tweet

What verses have you used?

How have you seen God answer your prayers for your children?

I always enjoy hearing from you!

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20 thoughts on “5 Fabulous Ways to Pray for Young Adult Children

  1. Thank you so very much for this powerful post! I had no trouble praying for my little ones but I had no clue as to how to pray for my 20-somethings! I knew that I needed to, but I was totally lost! Again, thank you! You are truly a blessing!

    1. Hey Kathleen,
      Thanks for stopping by today to leave such an encouraging word!
      I’m so glad you can put these prayers to use. I spent much time praying for my two, 20-somethings!
      It’s the only thing we can do sometimes!
      Praying God will bless you sweetly as you pray~

  2. Melanie, this is such an important post. It’s easy to assume they need us less because they’re out of sight! My prayers go along with yours. That my kids would have a passion for Jesus, and that they would discover God’s call on their lives and walk into it. Pursue excellence and use time wisely.

    1. Thanks, Betsy! It is such a big deal that we pray for them.
      I love praying that they will use their time well – that’s a great one to add!
      Sure do appreciate you!
      Hope you have a blessed weekend~

  3. Wonderful post, Melanie! Thank you for sharing all these ways to pray for adult children. Adult children still do need that guidance, love and knowing that their parents pray for them. I’m so glad you shared with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  4. Thank you for this article. It’s difficult to find articles regarding young adults. My daughter is a Freshman in college and this will help me greatly. I pray for her daily. Wisdom, positive & good friends and most of all, for her to trust in the Lord.

    1. Hey Polly,
      Thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!
      And, I think prayer is the very best thing you can do for that college freshman of yours!
      It’s hard isn’t – to let go and really trust them to the Lord?
      Praying for you tonight as you pray for her!

  5. What great things to hope for in our children. Your mentor is so wise to say that children need more support as they grow older. Everything is bigger to them now, not just physically but mentally as well and emotionally as well. They need as much help as they can get navigating through their journey in life. Thanks so much for joining us this week on #SHINEbloghop, Melanie!

  6. Love this list of prayers. My littles aren’t at this stage yet, but a common theme I hear from moms of adult children is that they wish they had prayed for their children more.

  7. Melanie, even though my kids are still young, it’s so good to know that the scriptures will be my (and their) ultimate guide through every stage. You’ve shared such wise counsel here and I love how you’ve given us practical ways to pray, pray, pray.
    Keep being that beacon shining the light for us to follow. All leading to Christ of course. 🙂

  8. I love this, Melanie! Scripture praying is so powerful and this post is so helpful because I think as we enter each new parenting season, we stumble to know how or what specifics to pray for. Thank you! I shared everywhere 🙂

  9. Melanie, another great post. For my two young adult children I pray for protection from unwise decisions and from the enemy of their souls. I pray for their future spouses, that they would draw them closer to Christ. I pray for wisdom in their decision making, as well.

    1. Hey Leah,
      Thank you for your kind words today! I love the things that you are praying for your kids! They do seem to need fewer lectures and more prayers!
      Yours are blessed to have you!

  10. Excellent resource for key moments in our parenting…and more specifically in the spiritual development of our young adult children! Praying Scripture is powerful!

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