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Prayer for my struggling son

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At times, parenting can be one of the most stressful and challenging occupations imaginable, especially when we see one of our own children unable to cope in life. This page offers several prayers to help with this, with a heartfelt prayer for a struggling son, and a prayer for your son's protection and wellbeing. There is also an inspiring prayer for young people, and an uplifting prayer for your teenage child.

Prayer for my struggling son

(a heartfelt mother’s prayer for their son who is going through a difficult time)

Dear Almighty God,

I lift my son to you, high above me, like I used to when he was small. I am concerned for him. I carry him moment by moment in my heart yet I can no longer physically lift him. However, I know that you can, that your love for him is deeper than mine. For you are Lord over all, you breathe life into all of creation, you are holy ground and our resting place.

So here I wait, holding my dear son. I wait knowing that I have sometimes failed him but that your grace is enough to hold us. I ask for your wisdom each day to keep loving and watching over him. Father, I ask for healing in every area of his mind, body and soul.

In Jesus name.


(a parents prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

Family Protection Prayer

a prayer for family protection

Prayer for a son’s protection

(a prayer to say when your son is away from you for protection from danger)

Almighty God,

Thank you for journeying with us as we have loved, cared for and nurtured our son. He is so full of your promise and life, and we are excited for him as he moves into new adventures. We ask for your strong arm of protection to be around him, wherever he goes, whatever he does, whoever he is with.

Lord, you are always beside him in a way that we can not fathom. Keep him from harm, be ahead of him in new places and behind him watching his back. Hold him high when he faces hardship and close when he is afraid. Run with him in his joys and weave your kingdom truths through his mind.

Thank you for loving him.


(a parent's prayer from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Prayer for Youth

An inspiring prayer for young people to say which asks that they may become all they have been created to be:-

Prayer for a teenage son

Dear Lord,

Help me to love, without expecting anything in return.
Help me to engage, even when I don't fully understand him.
Help me to provide, quietly and gently to give good gifts.
Help me to speak, not to sow criticism but encouragement.
Help me to say sorry, to own up when I mess up.
Help me to forgive, even when I feel hurt or ignored.
Help me to hope, to breathe out joy and vision for the future.
Help me to carry my son, through the patchwork of hopes, dreams, hurts, worries, anger and the joy of teenage years.
Help me to remain open and soft
To understand and not to judge
My brilliant son.


(a parent's prayer for a son from www.lords-prayer-words.com)

read more inspiring prayers for your son, including a short petition to say for when your child is in school.