We love our sons so much and desire God’s greatest blessings and guidance on their lives. We spend endless hours caring for, teaching, helping, training, protecting and encouraging that we often miss out on one of the greatest resources God has given us to lead them – prayer. The below prayers for your son cover many topics such as self worth, protection, purity and wisdom. These will equip you for the battle against Satan’s attacks and give you discernment for handling situations that arise. You can cast your cares on Jesus and find peace in God’s favor and love for your son as you speak these prayers!
If you stay in touch with me and absorb what I say, you can achieve anything. (NLT) John 15:7
Making petitions to God is something we are obligated to do. One of the most elementary reasons to pray is that God ordered it. Becoming a disciple is dedicating oneself fully to God’s will.
“Stay on the lookout and pray for help from above. You’ll cave in to temptation if you don’t. The mind and heart are on board, but the physical self is lagging. New Living Translation of Matthew 26:41
Then Jesus used a parable to drive home the point that constant prayer was essential. (Lucas 18:1)
Furthermore, make your requests known to the Holy Spirit at all times. Don’t forget this while you keep praying for and keeping an eye on God’s saints. (NIV) Bible verse cited (Ephesians 6:18)
What’s the Point if I Can’t Pray?
If you find yourself at a loss for words in prayer, have faith that the Holy Spirit will direct you:
When we are weak, the Spirit makes us strong. The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf when we have no idea what to pray for. The Holy Spirit intercedes on behalf of the righteous in accordance with God’s purpose, and anybody who studies our hearts will know the thoughts of the Spirit. Romans 8:26–27, New International Version
Prayers For My Grown Son
- A prayer for your son’s discernment
Lord, I pray that my son will develop an eternal perspective and purpose, not an earthly one. Help him to see life–and every challenge–through Your eyes, eager and unafraid to share with others the good news of Jesus wherever he goes. I pray that they will set his minds on things above, not just what’s going on here, and that he will be rooted and grounded in Your love. I pray that he will come to understand the extent of Your own love for him–that it surpasses all the head knowledge they will acquire in school. I pray he will be filled up with You from morning ’til night.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan
- A prayer for your own wisdom
Lord, Your Word says “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5). Lord, I need that kind of wisdom to know when to speak to my son and when to be silent. “Do not let any unwholesome talk, lecturing, judging, or accusing come of my mouth, but only what is helpful for building my son up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph. 4:29). Let me also be “quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for my anger doesn’t bring about the righteous life that God desires” (James 1:19).
~ Cindi McMenamin
- A prayer for a son who has turned from God
Dear God,You know our hearts, you hear our prayers, and care about all that concerns us. You understand the burden we carry and how we want, more than anything, to see our loved ones come to you. Help us to remember that you love them more than we ever could. And you desire to extend your great love and forgiveness, your mercy and hope. Thank you that nothing is too difficult for you. Thank you that your power is unlimited and you came to set the captives free. Thank you that you wait, arms open, for the prodigal to return, that you look for his arrival to lavishly celebrate that he’s come home. We praise you for you are Redeemer and Rescuer, Savior and Lord. We know and believe that there’s no pit so deep that your love can’t reach us still. We understand that your mercies are new every morning, and your faithfulness is great.
Lord, we ask that you would halt the plans of the enemy over these we love as we bring them before you right now. We pray that his schemes be demolished and that your plans for good, for a future and hope, would prevail. Would you open blind eyes that they might see your Truth. Would you rescue those walking in darkness and heal the deep wounds of those who’ve been hurt.
We pray for the miraculous intervention of your Spirit to draw them to yourself, to work strong on behalf of our loved ones who are lost and wandering. For you came with good news, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release for the prisoners. Though we deserved penalty for our wrong, you stood in our place and took the blows on our behalf. You choose to die, so that we can live. Forever and free.
Lord, forgive our unbelief. Forgive the times we’ve doubted that you could ever change a distant heart. Forgive our hard-heartedness, our weariness, or forgetfulness to “pray continually.” Thank you that you never give up on us. Remind us of how you’ve changed our own hearts. How your miracle of life and hope has sprung up deep within our souls. We love you Lord, we need you, and we thank you that you hear our prayers and are at work even now. Powerfully. Faithfully. Miraculously. Thank you for the gift of our Savior, God with us. Thank you for your goodness and love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
~ Debbie McDaniel
- Scriptural prayers for your son
- Create in my son a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within him (Psalm 51:10).
- May my son walk after You, God, and fear You and keep Your commandments and obey Your voice. May he serve You and hold fast to You (Deuteronomy 13:4).
- May my son be strong and courageous and not fear or be in dread, for it is You, Lord, our God, who goes with him. You will never leave him or forsake him (Deuteronomy 31:6).
- May my son walk before You, God, as King David walked, with integrity of heart and uprightness, doing according to all that You have commanded him, and keeping Your statutes and rules (1 Kings 9:4).
- Like Timothy, may my son be an example to believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12).
~ Brooke McGlothlin, Proverbs 31 Ministries
surround my son with good influence
- A prayer for your son’s relationships and influences
First, oh Lord, forgive us for the times when we have misplaced our priorities so that we haven’t been available to model a strong relationship with You in front of our kids. Help us to understand the power of our influence in our children’s lives and to reorder our schedule so that we can be available to both directly and indirectly offer the godly influence that our sons desperately need.
Second, while we do pray that our sons would be protected from negative influences, we also pray that you would surround them with friendships and mentor-type relationships that portray what it means to have an authentic relationship with Christ. In turn, we pray that you would raise our sons up to be the influencers of the next generation. We pray that you would allow godliness and righteousness to dwell in their hearts so richly that these evidences of your truth spill out of them and to every person they encounter.
Through it all, we pray that they would not be prone to laziness or complacency, but that they would believe that even a single candle burning in the dark makes a difference and would boldly stand up for truth, even when it’s unpopular.
~ Alicia Michelle
- A birthday prayer for your son
Dear Lord, on this day that we celebrate ’s birth, I pray for blessings and joy over . You knew everything about him before his birth and You have a plan of prosperity and hope for his life! Let him feel confident and ready for the year ahead knowing that You have an order to his steps and a purpose for his life. Help him to find joy in every circumstance in life, knowing that You work all things out for good. I thank You for __, for loving him with unconditional love, and for the promises You have spoken over his life. In Jesus Name, Amen.
- A prayer for your son’s body image and purity
Dear Jesus, we weep with you over the number of our kids who are buying into the lie that sexual pleasure is something to experiment with. We pray that our sons would treasure their sexuality as a true gift from You, and that they would honor that gift by saving it as a precious treasure to give their future spouse. We ask that you would help them to be strong in the face of their own desires and that they would choose purity in the face of temptation.
Lord we also ask that you’d protect our sons from the idea that they must do anything and everything (including abusing their bodies through eating disorders, drug abuse, or other harmful behaviors) in order to attaining a “preferred” shape or figure. We pray you’d protect our sons from that kind of destructive thinking, and that if they’re tempted to take these kind of drastic measures, that you’d send someone in their lives to stop them. Help them to remember over and over that their identity is not in how they look on the outside but what you see as their potential and worth on the inside.
We pray that our children would treasure their health as a gift from God and that they would have a passion to eat nutritious food and to stay active in order to do their part to take care of this treasure.
~ Alicia Michelle
- A prayer for your sons self-worth
Dear Jesus, help my son know that we are all born as sinners and separated from God because of our wicked hearts. However, at an early age, him grasp the life-transforming concept that he does not have to live as a sinner under that condemnation.
Teach my son that he has the opportunity to accept a new, beautiful identity that is called “good,” not because of what he has done or what he looks like, but because he is secure in who YOU say they are: treasured, delightful, known and protected. Let him not place their self-worth in accomplishments he may or may not achieve, but let him discover these deeper truths about who You believe he is and build every decision he makes on that sure foundation.
~ Alicia Michelle
- Prayer for your son’s purity
Lord, I pray that You will create in my son a clean heart and that You would constantly renew a right spirit within him, keeping his thoughts and actions pure and motivated by love. Guard him from temptation, and let him know You are always faithful to give him a way out and help to endure. May the words of his mouth and the meditations of his heart always please you and edify others.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan
- A prayer for protection over your son
Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my son. Keep evil far from him, and help him to trust You as his refuge and strength. I pray You will guard his mind from harmful instruction, and grant him discernment to recognize truth. I pray You will make him strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help him to find rest in Your shadow, as he lives in the spiritual shelter You provide for him. Let him know that the only safe place is in Jesus,and that his home on earth is only temporary.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan
- A prayer for your son’s view of money and possessions
Heavenly Father, help us to model a healthy example of how to handle possessions and money. Help us to work hard, but to not wear ourselves out in order to get rich so that our children can witness a positive, godly view of hard work and the pursuit of success.
We pray that our sons would persevere in whatever vocation you give them and that they would work with cheerful hearts as if they were serving you directly.
We pray that our sons would see at an early age that money and possessions are a gift from You and thus must be always held with an open hand so that You can use those gifts to bless others.
We ask that our sons would find their value in their true identity as a child of You, not in the possessions they do or do not have. We pray for contentment and gratefulness in whatever situation they’re given—rich or poor. We pray they would have a steadfast commitment to work hard with the talents you’ve given them so that they could support themselves, their families and use their money as a way to bless others in need.
Ultimately, we pray that they would discover that the greatest “wealth” they could possess would be in relationships, especially in a relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Prayer For My Son Protection
Lord my Advocate, I ask You to come alongside my son and be his Counselor and Guide. He is struggling in so many areas of his life. Help him to conquer the areas where he needs self-control and order. Protect him from companions who are an evil influence on him. Help him to make wise choices and to find a way out of the poor choices he has made in the past. Amen.
Prayer to be Delivered from Depression
Our Great Healer, I pray You will deliver my son from the grips of depression. Heal his troubled and chaotic thoughts and give him hope. Give him a renewed interest in life and in the activities he once enjoyed. Help him to sleep well, but not too much. May he exchange sadness and hopelessness for joy and confident assurance of Your love for him. Relieve anxiety and help him focus on his tasks. Amen.
Prayer for Son’s Challenges at School
God our Strength and Shield, empower my son to do his schoolwork well and protect him from evil forces. Help him to pay attention and focus on the teaching and assignments, so he is learning and remembering the material. May he have teachers who understand his strengths and weaknesses, and who will help him be all he can be. Help him to get along well with his classmates and guard him against bullies. Amen.
Prayer for Son on His Birthday
Author and Finisher of our faith, I pray a special blessing over my son on his birthday. May this next year of his life be a time of moving out of the conflicts and issues he has been contending with. May he enter a new chapter of his life on his birthday, full of confidence and problem-solving abilities. May he be wise beyond his years and successful in all endeavors that have been a challenge in the past. Amen.
Prayer Against Addictions
Lord of Deliverance, I intercede for my son, who has been struggling with drug addictions for some time. Give him the desire to leave this life. Give him the resolve to break this enslavement that is ruining his health, his relationships, and his work. Lead him to the right program and support system that will truly help him in this battle. I pray that You will deliver him, once and for all, from the chains of drug addiction. Amen.
Prayer for Son’s Health
My God who restores, I pray for my son, who has been battling health issues, that You will restore him to perfect health. I first pray that my son will take the initiative to develop healthy lifestyle habits. May he choose to eat healthy food and in moderation. May he get adequate exercise to strengthen his body. May he avoid harmful addictions. As he takes steps to improve his health, may Your hand of healing touch his body and make him whole. Amen.
Prayer for Strength and Guidance
God of Wisdom, I pray that You will bless my son with strength and guidance in his life. He has made a series of poor choices through not following Your path and not seeking Your direction. I pray that he will turn to You for counsel and enlightenment for the steps he should be taking now to get back on track. Give him the firmness of purpose to follow Your ways and help him to always seek Your lead. Amen.
Prayer for Protection
Faithful and True God, I ask for Your hand of protection to cover my son. I fear he is often reckless and tends to bring harm upon himself. I first ask that You protect him from doing foolish things. Many of his lifestyle habits have dangerous consequences, so I pray that You spare his life. I pray he will come to repentance and turn away from the error of his ways and toward a safer way of living. Amen.
Prayer Against Despondency
Fountain of Living Water, please flow through my son and wash away these despondent feelings. Help him as he struggles with self-doubt that leads to depression. Give him the energy and the confidence he needs to face life and accomplish his work. Help him to overcome frustrations in a healthy way, and not lash out with irritability. Help him not to sink into isolation from family and friends, but to embrace healthy relationships that will encourage him. Amen.
Prayer for Good Counsel and Self-control
Lord our Blessed Hope, we lift up our son, who has been allowing others to draw him into a life of unwise and harmful choices. Help him to stand up for himself and not be led astray. Lead him to people who will give him good counsel and give him the self-control to follow through on their advice. Build within him a sense of self-determination, so that he chooses to take responsibility for his behavior and is not driven by other’s standards. Amen.
Prayer for Son to Take Charge of His Health
Father of Mercies, I pray You will give my son the wisdom and self-restraint to take charge of his health. Help him realize that a sedentary lifestyle, and overeating, and a diet of junk food are all ruining his health. I pray that he will lose weight and achieve a healthy BMI. Help him to make intelligent choices and stick to them. I also pray that he will start getting enough sleep and learn how to cope with stress. Amen.
Prayer for Son to Give up Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
God of Compassion, I urgently plead for my son to give up using recreational drugs and stop abusing alcohol. These habits have led to accidents and arrests, which have created problems with employment. I fear another accident or overdose might lead to disability or even death. Father, please lead him away from companions that join and encourage abuse. Help him to get the help he needs and get clean. Amen.
Prayer to Shield Son from Harm
Author of Peace, I pray that You will be a strong tower of safety for my son. Shield him from all wrongdoing or violence that comes against him. I pray that You will give him the wisdom to stay away from dangerous places, unsafe activities, and ruthless or reckless companions. I also pray that You would keep him safe from himself, so he does not bring harm down on himself. Shelter him in the palm of Your hand, I pray. Amen.
A Birthday Blessing Prayer
Abba Father, as we celebrate our son’s birthday, I pray that this year will be a time of transition for him. May he repent and turn away from all activities and friends that have brought unhappiness and strife to him. May he turn toward You and living a life sold out to You. May he love and serve You with all his heart, soul, and mind. May he learn to regulate his actions and be goal-oriented and self-directing. Amen.
Prayer for Enlightenment and Power
Heavenly Father, I pray that my son will be all that he is capable of being. Pull him out of this self-limiting mindset. Help him to clearly identify reality and truth and eliminate false thinking that is short-circuiting his abilities. I pray that You would give him the enlightenment to perceive what his future could be. Help him to focus on his unique strengths and have the power to use these to achieve his dreams. Amen.