(If you're just joining me now, I'm in the midst of a day-long intentional prayer time. Please join me.)
From Praying the Scriptures For Your Teenagers and From Power of a Praying Parent:
Thank you for partnering with me in this business of parenting. Father, my prayer for my kids (and all those other kids that you have laid on my heart) is:
- that You would surround them with good friends, friends that would sharpen them. (Prov 27:17)
- that my kids would walk in the light of Your presence and enjoy fellowship with other teenagers/young adults who love you. (1 John 1: 7)
- that when my kids wrestle with loneliness or rejection, you will remind them of Your promise; though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, your unfailing love for them will never be shaken, nor will you remove your covenant of peace from their lives. (Isaiah 54:10)
- that you would send each of my kids a friend who will be their partner in spreading the good news about Jesus Christ. Let them pray for one another, giving joyful thanks to you for the gift of their friendship. (Phil 1: 3 - 5)
I lift up my kids to You and ask that You would bring godly friends and role models into their lives. Give them the wisdom they need to choose friends who will help them to never compromise their walk with you in order to gain acceptance. I pray that you will take anyone who is not a godly influence out of their lives or else transform that person into your likeness.
Your word says, "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed." (Prov 13:20) Don't let my children be a companion of fools. Enable them to walk with wise friends and not have to experience the destruction that can happen by walking with foolish people. Deliver them from anyone with ungodly character so they will not learn that person's ways and set a snare for their own souls.
Whenever their is grief over a lost friendship, comfort them and send new friends with whom they can connect, share and be all that You created them to be.Take away any loneliness or low self-esteem that would cause them to seek out less than God-glorifying relationships.
In Jesus name I pray that You would teach them the true meaning of friendship. Teach them (and me) how to be a good friend and make strong, close, lasting relationships.