Here in the midwestern United States, we have phenomenal corn mazes each Fall. Some can be as large as twenty acres! When you’re in a maze cut in a corn field, you don’t know what’s around the next turn or which way is the right path to be successful even if the owner provides a map. It’s a lot of fun just hanging out with your friends until it’s getting dark or you lose your map and you need a restroom. Going through mental, emotional, physical and spiritual development in the teen years can sometimes feel like that corn maze.
The most fun, exhilarating teen-age years may simultaneously be filled with worry, anxiety and challenges as kids grow and transition into adulthood. Looking back, I was able to survive those teen years (some days better than others) because of the support I received from some extraordinary people in my life.
High Risk Behavior
Even with amazing support, many teens suffer from apprehension and distress. Yet, there are those kids with very little support. Anxiety and hopelessness is linked to high risk behavior especially for teens who do not have wise counsel and involvement from others to help them navigate life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention monitors trends and reports data regarding teen sexual behavior, substance abuse, violence and mental health and suicide in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. The trends of high risk behavior among teens across the nation are going in the wrong direction and this behavior impacts the environment in our schools and communities.
Moms in Prayer
We, Christian moms, can have hope and make a difference. As we pray for and love the kids in our lives and in our communities, we see God answering prayers and impacting the next generation.
One powerful way I do this is through Moms in Prayer. We meet once a week for one hour of powerful, scriptural, specific prayer to pray for our kids and their school. Since I began praying in a Moms in Prayer group, I have seen many answered prayers on behalf of our family and for the other moms who have joined us. This is one of the most powerful, eternally significant things I do each week!
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10 Incredible Prayers for an Anxious Teen
Through praying in a Moms in Prayer group over the years, I have learned how to pray scripturally and do so in my own quiet time.
I’m excited to share ten incredible prayers for an anxious teen.
- Lord Jesus, may ____ be rooted and firmly established in your love. May ____ comprehend the length and width, height and depth of your love and may he/she be filled with all of fullness of you. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
- May you, Lord, guide ____ continually and satisfy his/her soul like a well-watered garden. (Isaiah 58:11)
- Lord Jesus, may ____ know he/she is saved by grace through faith, and this is not from him/her; it is your gift- not from works. Also, may ____ know he/she is your workmanship, Lord, created by you, Christ Jesus, for good works, which you, God, prepared for him/her beforehand so that he/she would walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
- May ___ seek you for wisdom, God, and may you give it to him/her generously. (James 1:5)
- May ____ not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving may he/she make his/her requests to you, God. May your peace, which surpasses all understanding, guard his/her heart and mind in you, Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
- May ____ seek wise counsel and sound guidance when making decisions. (Proverbs 20:18)
- May ____ be filled with the knowledge of your will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding. May ____ walk worthy of you, Lord, fully pleasing to you, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of you, God. May he/she be strengthened with all power, according to your glorious might so that he/she may have great endurance and patience and joy. (Colossians 1:9-11)
- May you, the great Shepherd of the sheep, equip ____ with everything good to do your will, working in him/her what is pleasing in your sight. (Hebrews 13:20-21)
- May you, the God of hope, fill ____ with all joy and peace as he/she trusts in you so that he/she may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
- May ____ make you, Lord, his/her refuge. May no harm come to him/her. May you command your angels to protect him/her in all his/her ways. (Ps. 91:9-11)
Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I be sure I am a Christian? Here is a link to give you some information for how you can be sure. Also, I have some tips and resources for growing strong in your faith on my blog.
- How can I learn more about Moms in Prayer? Visit www.momsinprayer.org for information about Moms in Prayer International and to learn more about finding or starting a group.
- What do I do if I think my teen is struggling with anxiety or other stress? Please see your Pediatrician and/or a Christian Licensed Professional Counselor for assistance.
What are some of your favorite scriptures to pray for your teen?
I would love to hear from you!