How to Pray for Your Adult Children – 8 Powerful Prayers

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The power of prayer cannot be underestimated. Just as we never stop loving our kids we must never stop praying for them as well.

A mother’s love never ends. A mother’s prayers for her adult children should not end either.

Her heart is like a kaleidoscope of emotions changing with every circumstance and stage of her children’s lives.

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Prayers for your adult children – releasing your child to God

As moms, we have spent our children’s lives working hard to protect them and teach them right from wrong.

We can become like momma bears when we think our children are threatened.

Well, believe me, just as God has a plan for their lives, so does the enemy. He wants nothing more than to destroy our adult children.

We need a prayer strategy and incorporate scripture into our war room prayers. Using Bible verses to pray over our children from an early age can help them live in a manner worthy of the Lord, especially as they grow into young adults.

We must release them to God at this time in their lives. After all, He is our Father, the only perfect parent ever so that we can trust our adult children to Him.

God knows better than we do how to protect our adult children. He knows better than we do how to use every circumstance in their lives for their good.

Pray that God will help you to release your adult child into His care. God is good and only wants what is good for our adult children. 

Foundation of Faith

I was told I could never have kids. I have 5. I gave birth to all of them. Each child is an answered prayer.

The Bible has a beautiful story of faith in Hannah’s life. Like many, she was faced with the possibility of never having children.

But Hannah prayed. When her rival made fun of her and made her cry, she prayed. When she was disappointed year after year, she prayed.

Hannah put all of her faith in God so that He could perform a miracle in her life. I believe she prayed powerful prayers because they were filled with faith.

She trusted God to do what only God could do. And God was good!

Before Hannah ever had children, she had a strong faith in God. She believed that God could not only give her a child but that God would use that child.

Hannah’s foundation of faith prepared her to be a mom. Her story is an inspiring example of the power of praying to our Heavenly Father and trusting His will.

Just like Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord when he was born, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (KJV)

We must start learning about God and training our children in His way. We want our children to have a healthy fear of the Lord.

But what if you did not do that? Maybe you weren’t saved or didn’t realize its importance. There is still hope. God has good things in store for you and your children.

Our God is a redeemer! It is not too late if you did not raise your children to know God for whatever reason.

Pray for God to forgive you and be the redeemer for your adult children.

It is God’s will for your adult children to be saved and to live for God so you can be assured that He hears your prayers.

God’s plan for their life

When our kids are born, we start thinking about our child’s life and what they will become as adults.

We imagine doctors, lawyers, teachers, and other amazing things for them.

As parents of adult children, we want them to make good choices, especially in difficult circumstances.

A mother’s love never ends, and her prayers for her adult children shouldn’t either. God’s arm is not too short to reach our children and His love knows no end. #warriorwomenblog

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God has a plan for every person that is born. So, likewise, God has a plan for your child! Let His Word be a great encouragement to you as you lift heartfelt prayers on behalf of your children.

He knows every decision they will ever make and already has a plan.

Jeremiah 1:5 “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb . . .”

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

God has a plan for our adult children. He knew them before we did! God loves our children even more than we do. God’s perfect love pursues their hearts. Pray for them to have knowledge of the Lord.

That is hard for me to imagine as a mom. But I know how much I love my children, and to think that God loves them even more than I do is very comforting.

​Jesus said in Matthew 22:37-39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.”

We want our children to make the right decisions for their lives, and the best way to ensure that happens is for them to follow these two commandments. 

Pray that your adult children will surrender to God’s will for their lives and seek His wisdom.

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When they make the wrong decisions

Have you ever been disappointed in your adult children? Maybe you disagree with their friends, lifestyle, job, or spouse choices.

It is difficult for a mom to know when her adult child is making a mistake, but they will not listen.

We all want to protect our kids. We want their lives to be easier, better, and more peaceful and happy than we have had. I remember when our oldest son started stretching his wings for the first time. I did not always approve of his decisions, but I prayed the Word of God over him and trusted God to be faithful to His promises. The prayer method I have chosen is turning my daily scripture into prayers over my children and grandchildren, both now and for all time. Sweet friend, God is not limited by time like we are. I believe my prayers today can still have a positive impact on the lives of my great-grandchildren I will never meet. 

Weathering these storms is much easier if we have a strong faith foundation.

Because of the storms of life I have weathered, I know God can and will be with my adult children through their storms.

It is hard on a mom’s heart when her kids go through hard times and make poor decisions. We must allow them to make their own choices, but we can cover them in prayer, praying for them to have the spirit of wisdom in making those decisions. We can also pray they will have a greater knowledge of Jesus through those decisions.

It is more challenging when our adult children don’t have that foundation of faith to lean on. However, we can pray on behalf of our children for the eyes of their hearts to be open to the deep love of our heavenly Father. 

Like Hannah, you must trust God to do what only God can. Nothing is impossible for God, and the Holy Spirit’s power can soften even the hardest heart.

Pray our adult children’s hearts will be receptive to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit.

I pray daily for the Holy Spirit to turn my children’s thoughts, hearts, and ways toward the Lord. I ask God to lead, guide, and direct their steps.

Pray that God will protect them from harm and the enemy’s evil plans and make wise choices.

Freedom from evil plans

During these times, we have to get into our ninja mom mode. We must get determined and intentional in our prayers. The immeasurable greatness of His power cannot be underestimated.

I heard Priscilla Shrier talking about the enemy and how he works. She said it is one thing for the enemy to attack her, but when she knows he has been scheming against her kids, that is another ballgame.

You can rest assured, Mom, that if the enemy has weapons formed against you, he certainly has weapons formed against your adult children. But the power of a praying mom, who is praying on behalf of her children, is not easily discouraged.

We have prayed for these children. We have spent countless hours praying over them. We have loved, cried, and worried over these children.

When our adult children take a different path than how we have raised them and are now walking down a slippery slope, we must be ready to fight on their behalf in prayer.

I believe with all my heart that as long as God and I are in this together, the gates of hell cannot prevail against my adult children. No weapon formed against them will prosper. This is when we put on the full armor of God and pray in specific ways on behalf of our kids.

James 5:16 says, “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” (NLT)

When I pray in faith and believe God to be God and do what only He can do, I align myself with His power.

The name of God is above all other names. He is the King of kings, the Lord of lords, and our strong and mighty tower.

Now is the time to align our hearts with God’s and pray like never before for our adult children.

We have all heard of Mothers Against Drunk Drivers. We need to start a mom’s movement to get on our knees and pray for our adult children!

Moms must pray against the enemy and his evil plan for our adult children.

The Bible says that Jesus and the Holy Spirit intercede for us with the Father.

Now, if Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and a determined mom on her knees are all praying for our adult children, then the devil will flee!

Freedom from addiction

Sometimes, there is family bondage of addiction. This can have terrible and long-lasting effects on our children.

Even if there is no family history of addiction, our adult children can make poor choices due to temptation or peer pressure.

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Addiction can tear a family apart. It can leave them in financial ruin, destroy their marriage, and hurt their relationships with family members and friends.

The enemy loves to use any weapon to destroy our adult children, and addiction is one way he destroys lives.

Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

We must pray that our children of all ages will be protected from the temptation of drugs and alcohol. Pray for them to have good physical health and be strengthened mentally to help fight against the temptation of alcohol and drugs.

If our children have already fallen prey to these addictions, we need to pray fervently that God will deliver them from them and that they will be redeemed and restored.

We need to pray that our adult children will have a desire to be delivered from these addictions. God will not force His ways on us and gives everyone free will.

Feeling loved and accepted

We all long to be loved and accepted; our adult children are no exception. Pray in Jesus’ name for them to have good relationships with the right people who will encourage them in their walk with God. 

Let’s face it: growing up was hard for us, especially in our teenage years. I can’t imagine being a teenager now with social media.

Cyberbullying and social media make it much easier to make you feel like you are not enough.

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Even though you did everything you could to make your child feel loved and accepted growing up, you don’t know everything they may have heard from others.

Also, events in their lives may have scared them more than we realize. They may have a broken heart over events we are not aware of.

Since everyone is different, we need to pray our adult children will feel and believe in God’s love for them in the way they perceive the best.

John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Now that is love! We need to pray that our adult children understand that God loves them more than we love them.

Pray for your adult children that they will experience God’s love first. Second, we must pray that our adult children will have a relationship with Him.

Our children may be adults, but they still want to be accepted. So pray that God will give them close Christian friends and mentors who care about and accept them for who they are.

We know the will of God is for them to understand His great love for them, so we can pray they will accept His will.

Having a sound mind

Thanks to social media and people being more open about their lives and struggles, mental illness does not have the stigma it once did.

We must pray that our adult children will be protected from mental illness and have sound minds.

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Moms need to pray for our adult children to be free from the torment of the lies that the enemy whispers to them.

Mark 7:21-23 tells us, “From within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.”

Since the enemy always tries to get us to believe his lies, all evil and sin begin in the mind and then go to the heart.

Our adult children must take control of their minds, or the devil will.

In 2 Timothy 1:7, we are assured: “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

Fear comes from the enemy and is not of God. It causes us not to believe in God, which opens the door to dangerous thinking.

Our adult children are bombarded with negativity and lies every day. Unfortunately, these lies can overtake their thinking, and they begin believing them.

We must pray over our grown children that the enemy’s lies will be exposed and the truth of God’s love and word will penetrate their minds.

Moms have power in prayer. God blessed us with these children. I believe God expects us to pray over our children from the time we find out about them throughout our days. One way we can do this is to pray God’s word over their lives. 

We see many people with bad attitudes, who are hateful, resentful, hostile, tear others down, selfish, and uncaring.

Pray, momma, pray for the love of God to penetrate the hearts of your adult children.

Pray for those lies of the enemy to be held up to the light of God’s truth and exposed.

Pray for the enemy’s strongholds on your adult children to be broken down, and they will turn their hearts and minds to Christ, be saved, and live for Him.

Their hearts and minds

Just as we need to be on our knees pleading the blood of Jesus over our adult children, praying for protection, healing, deliverance, and leading them into the lives God has for them, we need to be praying for our hearts and minds.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to focus on the faults of others?

It instantly makes us feel better about ourselves. We don’t have to look at the mess in the corners of our hearts and minds when we focus on the mess in someone else’s life.

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Pray for your heart and mind to be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Pray that God will lead you in His light and show you what you need to pray for your adult children.

Lean on His guidance and believe Him to lead you in your prayers.

When we are utterly dependent on God and surrender to His will, the enemy cannot stop us.

When you pray for your adult children, thank God for the work He has already done and for what He is doing now.

My experience has been that God never shows me the big picture. Instead, he grows my faith in Him when I trust Him.

When I pray and petition the Lord for something or on someone’s behalf, trust Him to work, and depend on Him, I see answers to my prayers.

It may only take a few minutes, which is fantastic, or it may take years.

But I know, because the Bible says it is true, that when I pray according to His will, He hears my prayers and gives me the desires of my heart.

When our heart desires God’s will to be done, we are assured that God hears our prayers.

God’s will is for our adult children to be saved and to live their lives in His power according to His will.

We know that God has a plan for our adult children, and it is for their good.

So pray, momma! When your adult kids live for God, praise and thank Him, asking for protection so they will continue.

When your children don’t know the Lord, pray for their salvation. It is not God’s will that anyone should perish but that everyone would be saved.

When your child is headed in the wrong direction or through tough times, pray for God’s intervention and leadership to turn their lives around.

We know the enemy will attack our adult children in any area of their lives so that he can destroy them and their witnesses.

Pray for Freedom from addiction, and pray for your adult children to have a sound mind so they can readily identify the enemy’s lies and not fall prey to them.

Finally, pray for yourself. Thank God for blessing you with these children and helping you raise them to adulthood.

Ask for God’s protection of you and your mind as well. The enemy will find any way to get to you.

Put on your armor and pray, trusting God to answer your prayers regardless of how long it takes because God is faithful to His word!

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  1. This post resonates with my spirit! Such great praying points. We have two kids in college and daily we cover them in prayer. Pinned to share with our community. Stopping by from By His Grace Bloggers.

      1. Jeandreia J.SKINNER says:

        THANK’S MUCH NEEDED, I STAY IN ALINMENT WITH GOD, I STAT UP UNTIL THE TIME I GET OFF FROM WORK, PRAYING FOR MY SON THAT’S IN THE STREET’S, WAS DOING GOOD GOING TO SCHOOL WIRKING, ALL OF A SUDDEN, I COME HOME FROM WORK HE PACK UP ALL HIS CLOTHES LEFT MY DOOR OPENED, I WAS NOT REALLY AFRAID TO GO IN MY HOME, I ENTER IN& AS I WAS ON THE PHONE WITH THE POLICE, BUT IN MY HEADE I WAS PRAYING & I KNOW GOD GOT ME NOT MATTER WHAT HE GOT OUR CHILDREN! WE GOT TO LET GOD DO HIS WORK AS WELL WE CAN’T INTERRUPT HIM WHEN HE’S WORKING ON US/ ADULT CHILDREN, ARE TEENS, THIS IS CONFORMATION, I JUST PRAYED THIS PRAYER& DECREE EVERYTHING I WANT MY HEAVENLY FATHER TO DO IN JESUS CHRIST MIGHTY NAME OF NAZARETH AMEN. GOD BLESS EVERYONE AND THIER CHILDREN AND GKID’S AND FAMILY MEMBERS! WE GOT TO STAY PRAYED UP FIGHTING THEM DEMONIC SPIRITS IN JESUS NAME AMEN, THE DEVIL IS DEFEATED!!! HALLELUJAH 👏🏾 ❣️❣️❣️😇😇😇😇💜💜💜🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  2. I gave the power of the praying mother to my mom (adult child edition), I know that my mother prays for me and our house, while my children are growing and not yet adult, my oldest will be entering his pre-teens and my youngest two are entering school age. I pray for them all the time, for discernment, for a heart for God, for protection, for the ability to talk it out (talk about their emotions and what is bothering them). Praying for our children no matter the age is so important! Thank you for this, and plus you never know a mothers consistent prayers could save them in the long run of things.

  3. I have adult children and the fight is real! They are all wonderful people and I am so grateful for that but continue to pray for them as only a Mother can. Now, with grandchildren added to mix, there is even more to pray about! Great post!

    1. Absolutely! We now have two grandkids and I realize even more how much they need to be covered in prayer! You are welcome to join our Warrior Women Prayer Group!

  4. “We must release them to God”- this is so true! He knows them and loves them more than I do! I can’t tell you how many times I have prayed to God and told Him that I am laying my concern for them at His feet and leaving it there. My children have known that I have prayed for them through Moms In Touch, our small group Bible study, and daily prayers. One of my teenagers (at the time) begged me to stop praying for her to be caught if she was doing something she shouldn’t because it worked every time! 🙂 This was a great post! So encouraging!

    1. Yes ma’am. Definitely praying for you! You are welcome to join our Warrior Women Prayer Group on fb!

  5. As a Mom, it’s hard to release our children to God but as much as we love our children God loves them more we do. I have prayed for my children to come to know the Lord as their savior but it’s out of my hands. Numerous times I have prayed and left the issue at the feet us Jesus only to pick it back up. However, their salvation is out of my hands and I can only pray for them and give it to God with the hope he will draw himself to them. Great encouraging post my sweet friend.

    1. Praying for you sweet lady! I know how heavy this has been on your heart!

      1. What a strong, powerful post, Karen. We should never stop praying for our kids. I am thankful that mine were all saved when they were young. But they don’t all have a great relationship with the Lord as adults. As I pray, I know God loves them. As we did when we were younger, and even still, our Heavenly Father disciplined us when we go off course. Yes it’s hard to watch when that discipline is on our kids, but if it brings them closer, then it’s all worth it.

    2. I always say that parenting an adult is much harder than parenting at any other stage of life. As adults, they make their own choices. and it’s sometimes difficult to watch the results of those choices. I’m so thankful for the privilege of prayer. God knows so much more than we do and He sees the bigger plan. We’ve raised our children to have a relationship with the Lord, although I wish it was stronger. But they know who He is and what He expects. We just have to trust that they follow the leadership of the Holy Spirit and keep praying in all things. Great post!

      1. Amen! I’ve always known my children are a blessing for the Lord. I know if I can trust Him to save their souls from hell, I can trust Him to keep His word and do what is best in their lives. It is so hard watching them struggle sometimes but then I remind myself that my struggles are what has strengthened my faith and I don’t want to shield them from that!

  6. Karen – this post came at a perfect time for me. With girls in the ages between 12 and 25 the battle is fierce and ongoing. I don’t want to see any of them make the same mistakes I did but I do have to learn to trust God with them. He know’s what he is doing. He hear’s my prayers. I just need to love them and keep praying and keep trusting.

    1. Oh girl definitely praying for you! Satan desperately wants to destroy our families and uses our kids. I have a Warrior Women Prayer Group you are welcome to join! It’s for moms and grandma’s to pray for our kids! Anyone is welcome to join!

      1. Tracey Garcia says:

        How do we join?

        1. Hey Tracy, are you wanting to sign up for the Warrior Women Word newsletter or something else? I’ll be happy to send you the correct link.

  7. Hello I am unable to see a link for the scripture cards for praying for adult children. Will you share please? Thank you

  8. Andrea Ellis says:

    I Didn’t know where to put my own salutation down at.
    But All 4 of My Children are grown& now im a Proud Grandmother (Nana) of 2. From 27-33 yrs are my Adult kids ages. 2boys& then 2girls.
    My Oldest Son i have spent my life on my knees for him. Tho i know ive failed him at times. Ive always tried to make up for. My son Aj has Adhd, Major Depression, ptsd& so on. As if that wasn’t enough at age 14 n a half he Became Brain Damaged. Died& came back n my arms& honestly, devils been trying to Kill My son since the moment he was being born.
    It was his Behavior part of his brain( of all places) that became like a jellyfish. Tho God Has Head his Head& Thru God , My Son & I together Overcame Soo much. I taught him how to Walk, Dress& feed& bath himself All Over again. I told him : I taught you once& I can do it again’. In 6 mos My Son was Able to Do Everything again like b4. My son was Saved Before his accident.Afterwards he asked me to help Write on His belt( from the hospital to help him walk w/o falling) To Write the date of accident& Say:’ This is the day God Saved My Life’ n it..
    Over the Yrs He got into Drugs& always got himself cleaned back up.( Yep on my knees til he did) Now My Mother& His Best Friend( my son n law) both passed away. (In 9mos of each other.)Almost 5mos after lossing My Mom, My Son Snapped!! He had gotten Back into drugs, devils spirits were Tormenting him& i was praying for him& With him. Stayed by his side, so he felt safe. Then 1 day we got n2 an argument. I lost it, it scared him& He Hit me.( Only once& Instantly took care of me) But then devil Filled his head With Major Lies& Faults memories. I had to make my son leave. Bc i Couldn’t trust him a wk afterwards. It was about 8mos afterwards b4 i heard Anything again from him. Then My Other son took him in (Alabama he moved him to from Houston) To get him off the streets. We live in Tulsa. After about 3/4 mos he Was flipping out, Only this time turnd himself in to the police& Now n jail next city from me.( chargers was minor, but left b4 he had finished his probation) Anyways, he’ll be their for a yr. I Prayed God Would help him& put him in a place he couldn’t hurt our family. 3 days layer he Puts himself in jail. Answered prayer n my books.
    But Only 1 yr& back on the Streets again. Ugh.
    I’m Needing a Major Miracle while his in jail, safe& Off of All Drugs.
    That he Gets the Real Help he Needs to Focus& be calm& so he can sleep n peace& Most Importantly: God Heals& delivers Him B4 He’s Released ( The ending or n Nov 1rst) 2021. Bc If Not, He Can be Dangerous now.If God Doesn’t Heal him. Bc of the Faults Beliefs .My Son Had a Nervous breakdown after my mom passed.Then when he calls me mos later, i had to tell him that His bff( my son n law& son at heart died at 26) It Hurt him Deeply. My son is now 33. Im Broken hearted, But Ready to get My Fight on Again for my son. As long as i hace breath n Me, I’ll fight for What the devil Stolen from My Son& Our Family. Will Anyone Be willing to Please Add Aj to yalls prayers?? Bc now that My Mom is gone, No 1 but me prayers for him. I Truly feel alone. I know Jesus still Loves My Son& Still with him. Even tho My Son has slipped to a darker side. Last time we spoke, devil was using him to Hurt me. Bc I Know My Son Loves me. We’ve Over came Soo much together.I Don’t listen to devils lies. He just wants me to Quit on My Son. I Cannot& Will Never do that.My own health im battling too. But With God, All things are possible. It has to be. Or my life has been n vain. I don’t believe that. Ive always Loved Our Savior. Always will.. Regardless of what happens.
    Bottom line.. Im scared for My Sons Life& More even for his Soul.
    Sorry so long.

  9. Find out if there is a Celebrate Recovery that meets in your area. It is a God based recovery group from addictions to depression to loss to anger. Any kind of recovery.
    The biggest thing you can do is pray that he is ready to listen to the stirrings of God In his heart. You have to release him to God which is very hard when you see your child destroying himself but releasing doesn’t mean giving up, it just means surrendering. God showed me that surrendering is like being in battle that you have fought and fought and done all you can do yet the enemy is still winning. Raising the white flag in our case, The Cross, is our only hope of survival. So surrendering saves you as well as your son. Pray Fervently every chance you can!

  10. Thank you so much for this post. It has renewed me concerning what to pray for my daughter. I have always prayed for her since she was in my womb. She is an adult now and wrestles with depression and she makes poor decisions as she tries to contain her emotions. My heart breaks to see her in pain. I tried to get her help but she finds a reason not to go to counseling. I am watching her spiral downward. I pray Scripture and God helps me but He hasn’t delivered her yet. It brings pain to my soul when she makes risky decisions. I will continue to pray fervently and please pray for us out here who are wrestling. Please pray that God is victorious in Moms’ lives and the lives of their adult children. Thank you.

    1. Oh, I am so sorry you and your daughter are going through this. It is hard on a mom’s heart when our kids struggle and experience pain. I am praying for both you to have peace that passes understanding, for God to give you wisdom and guidance, and for complete healing and restoration. We know that nothing is too hard for God and we are asking in Jesus’ name for healing and restoration. Amen

  11. Paul’s mother says:

    My son is in his 30’s and is struggling with low self-esteem. (I’ll call him Paul, not his real name.) He struggled in school, not because he’s not smart, but because he had such low self-esteem. He quit school two weeks before graduation because he didn’t want to have to take part in the graduation activities. Thankfully he did get his G.E.D., but didn’t go to college although I’m sure he could have still qualified. He’s a good-looking guy, in spite of having been born with a birth defect. But he doesn’t see himself that way. It doesn’t help that two people he’d just meant, on separate occasions, made disparaging remarks about him to his face, and he took the comments to heart. One was a co-worker, the other, believe it or not, a Christian counselor. I think the guy was using “reverse physcology” but it didn’t work and made my son feel worse about himself than he did before. When Paul told me what he’d said, I honestly thought the guy must have been out of his mind. The thing is, my son is a truly great guy, kind hearted, hard working, going above and beyond on his job. He’s careful with his words because he knows what careless words can do to others. Any woman would be blessed to have him as a husband. And I’m not saying this simply because I’m his Mom. I’ve seen some real jerks in my life that seem to have no trouble
    meeting women, then end up being that woman’s worst nightmare. But Paul can’t even gather the courage to speak to a woman, much less attempt to have a relationship that could lead to marriage, which is his heart’s desire. Even family members have made remarks about him not dating while their own adult son or daughter is living with a partner they’re not married to. That seems to be an even bigger problem but they don’t see it that way. They make excuses that it’s just the way young people do it nowadays. Live together and only talk about marriage when they get serious about having kids…We know what the Bible says about that….. This may not seem as dramatic as a drug addiction, sex outside of marriage, homelessness, or being in trouble with the law. But it’s still causing great pain and putting his life on hold. My heart goes out to all mothers of prodigals or unhappy children. It doesn’t matter what the issues are, if a “child” is hurting, whether the “child” is 5 years old or 50, the saying “you can only be as happy as your least happy child” rings true.

    1. I am so sorry to hear this. I think men need to understand their worth as sons of God just as women do as daughters of the King. My heart goes out to him and to you. You are so right, it doesn’t matter how old our kids are it’s still hard on a mom’s heart when they are hurting, regardless of the reason.
      Father God I lift up “Paul” to you now. Dear Lord please help him to see himself as you do. Lord we know you created him in your image, you have a plan for his life and it is for his good. I pray that you will wrap your loving arms around him and let him feel your presence in a way that he can accept and know is you. Help him to remember that he can run to you for you are his refuge, his strong and mighty tower. Father I pray that you will heal the wounds caused by others careless words, close his mind, his ears, and heart to all the lies of the enemy. Protect his heart and mind and in Jesus name I say that no weapon formed against him will prosper. Father I ask now that you please bring someone into Paul’s life who will be the wife he needs and you have called her to be. Help Paul to be the man and husband you would have him to be. I pray that you will be at the center of their marriage and bless them abundantly. Give his dear mom strength, wisdom, guidance, and your peace that passes understanding. You know how hard it is watching your child be hurt by others for no reason. Guard their hearts from jealousy and judgement as we know the enemy loves to get us to compare ourselves with others. Help Paul and his mom to trust you and your Father’s heart of love and that your will be done in Paul’s life. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank you for the work you do even when we can’t see and help us to trust you in all things. In Jesus name we pray, amen.

  12. Tee Young says:

    Thank You so much I desperately was in need of these scriptures and prayers for my Adult Children, really now more than ever
    God Bless and Thank You

    1. You are so welcome! I will be praying for you and your family. God bless!

  13. shirley mwaura says:

    Good evening I read your post. My daughter is 21 years of age I am 47. I am walking on a Godly path and I am learning. I raised my daughter up in church until the age of 5 things happened to her while we were in church. But i have always taught her the bible. Now she is 21 years she has a 1 year old daughter it hasnt been easy we lost her dad in 2015 due to him being murdered and they say its a cold case. I placed her in Gods hands at an early age I pray for her seems like all day everyday. She told me tonight that she was going to go to hell because she had a baby out of wedlock I told her it doesnt matter what she has done that I love her and God loves her more than I do to believe in Him. She said well momma Im sorry I wasnt the daughter that you wished for I told her she was everything I wished for her faults and all. I know God has a plan for my life I only wished she knew He has a plan for hers as well. I know not everyone can go where God calls you to be. But this is my daughter. I want her to feel what I feel and to believe that GOD still sits high on the throne tht he loves her no matter what. Now I am beginning to question my own self how can I help others if I cant help my own daughter I know with me being the only parent now she looks at me like I am just talking just to talk in fact Im telling her the very truth. Please say a prayer for us. GOD BLESS

    1. Hey Shirley,
      First of all, I want you to know I have put you on my prayer list, and I am praying for you, your daughter, and your grandchild daily. I’m so sorry you lost your husband and have not had the closure you need. Grief is complicated, especially in a case like yours. Has your daughter read about the woman at the well? I LOVE that story!! There is also a song about the https://youtu.be/afev-qxcHds. You and your daughter have got to listen to this! It will speak to both of you. Jesus made a point to go out of His way to meet with this woman and showed her His unconditional love. Now, about these feelings, you have about not being good enough. Phooey! God made you in His image, and He has called you to be your daughter’s mom, and He has called you to other amazing things in your life and with your life. You tell satan to get behind you in Jesus’ name! That is just the enemy trying to keep you from what God has called you to do. Well, not today, satan! I am praying for a hedge of protection around you, your daughter, and your granddaughter. May He use you all for His glory and richly bless your lives. Remember the armor of God? Honey, the truth is God loves you, He is for you, not against you, He has a plan for each of you, and you are not big enough to mess that up, He goes before you to fight your battles, He is your rock, your strength, your strong and mighty tower, He loves you with an everlasting, unconditional love and nothing you can do will ever change that! If you would like to email me at [email protected], I will be happy to keep in touch, pray for you and your family specifically, and send you verses and prayers just for your situation. I’ve been there, I know how the enemy tries to steal our joy, tell us we are not good enough and keep us from living for God.

  14. Kim Callaghan says:

    Please agree my son Joshua will come out of anger,loneliness. , abuse. Stasia loneliness, fear, Michele out of alcoholism, sexual abuse rejection , thank you kim

  15. Cynthia Richards says:

    I can not thank you enough! This post blessed me more than I have adequate words to express! Launching children into the world and surrendering them to God is harder than I ever expected it to be, and can many times leave you feeling completely confused as to the best way to move forward. Many of your prayer suggestions truly resonate with me, and I thank you! 🙏🏽

    1. Thank you so much for the sweet comment. God is good and once I realized He loves my children even more than I do, it really helped me to trust Him more. Being a mom is hard enough but we can have His precious peace that passes understanding when we put our faith and trust in Jesus. Have a blessed day!

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