Today prayer is for young adult children. It is the last in our prayer series for our children.
Are you a parent of young adult children? Do you worry about them often?
As parents, we focus on raising our children, training, and instilling good values in them. But the time goes by quickly and “suddenly” they turn 18 years old and are ready to fly from the coop to start their own lives. Perhaps they go to college or find a job.
And then, we parents are left with the question, “Now what?”
It is a new season with its own joys and challenges.
While they were under our roofs, we had more control, but now our babies are young adults and we have absolutely no control over the daily influences in their lives.
When our young adult children leave home, we might find ourselves worrying about how they are doing and coping. We may be concerned about any mistakes we made while raising them. Of course, you made mistakes. Every parent makes mistakes because we are not perfect.
Now is not the time to give in to fear, worries, or anxieties, but time for you and me to leverage our faith and the power of prayer. Now is the time to partner with heaven concerning our young adult children.
Unlimited Prayer List
The list of prayer items for your young adult is unlimited… so if you are thinking, “ I don’t know how to pray”, this is your opportunity to grow in prayer.
Bring their every need to God, whether it is their salvation and faith, getting into college, doing well in school and on exams, or hoping they graduate and find a job. Tell God about their future, their friendships, and relationships, pray about their life partners, and if they are married, pray for their relationships to be anchored in Christ.
What our young adults need from us as parents are trust, support, understanding, and most importantly, prayer. They want us to trust their judgments and if they make mistakes, support them as they learn through it.
As parents, we need to understand that the dynamics of our relationship changed once our children become young adults. It is good to have a conversation with them about this transition. Also, apologize for any mistakes you made while raising them…as a parent, you go first. If your adult children do anything to upset or offend you, forgive them.
Pray for them daily and as often as the Lord brings them to mind.
The only power you and I have is our ability to pray and bring our young adults to the throne of grace. Let’s use this power because it is free.
Reflection: In what ways will you worry less, and choose to partner with God where he is working in your adult son or daughter’s life?
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 4
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you. Psalm 102:28
All your children will be taught by the LORD, and great will be their peace. Isaiah 54:13
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