Nothing is harder for a Mom than to see her child in trouble or headed for trouble. Here are some principles and prayers that came out of the anguish I felt over my own beautiful daughter.
Principles for a praying Mom
1. Keep speaking out loud what you want for her, even if everything seems to be opposite
2. Bring truth to her in love not with force or anger
3. Create rules with natural consequences
4. Provide three affirmations with every one corrective statement
5. Tell her over and over that Jesus is on her side and so are you
Basic prayer for the wayward daughter
Dear Lord, I know you love her more than me, but I’m scared for her. Please give her a sense of your love and who you are. Use the Holy Spirit to convict her with a pierced conscience or even some physical discomfort with sin choices. Place Christian mentors in her path. Keep angels on duty protecting her from lasting harm.
Give her eyes that see, ears that hear, and a humble heart inclined toward you. Let her know the gravity of what you did for us and yearn to serve and worship you as Lord and Savior.
2 Chronicles 20 Prayer
Lord, you are the God in heaven. We stand in your presence and cry out in distress. You will hear and save our daughter. But the enemy has her. We don’t know what to do. We don’t want to live in fear or lose courage. The battle is yours not ours. Go before us.
We ask that you protect her mind from lies. Relight her intellectual curiosity and desire to be honest. Open her eyes to truth about herself and others. Show her how to value herself, our country, and other people in a real way. Help her to see that she’s being taken by wolves in sheep’s clothing to steal the good future you have planned for her.
Psalm 139 Prayer
Dear Lord, she was fearfully and wonderfully made, woven together by you in the depths of the earth. You knew her in my womb. You designed her perfectly down to the last hair on her head. Bring awareness to her heart and mind of how valuable she is to you so she might value herself.
Search my heart and anxious thoughts. Enable me to trust you to care for her and bring her back.
Remind her of your word that separates bone from marrow. Let it sink into her very being, penetrating her mind and soul.
Proverbs 3 Prayer
Oh, God, let her not be wise in her own eyes but fear you and shun evil. Make sin like stones or soured
Oh, God, let her not be wise in her own eyes but fear you and shun evil. Make sin like stones or soured milk in her stomach. Guide her toward understanding, leaning on you, trusting your Word so her path would be straight.
Reveal yourself to her. I know you have a good, Christ-following man for her. God, I beg you, preserve her for him. Make her ready. Don’t let her falter and miss him.
May she trust in you alone. For you mock proud mockers but give grace to humble
Psalm 121 Prayer
Lord, watch over her. Be the shade at her right hand so the sun will not harm her by day nor the moon at night. Lord, keep her from all harm. Watch over her life, her comings and goings now and forever.
Psalm 191 Prayer
Lord, save her. She is yours. She once sought you. The wicked wait to destroy her. Lead her back to your way. To all perfection is a limit, but your commands are boundless.
Bring her from vice to virtue. I pray that you would lead her to humility and a desire to be a woman of character, obedient, selfless, truthful, kind, diligent, morally upright.
Proverbs 31 + Galatians 5:22 Prayer
Lord, help her to grow into a successful, loved, strong, wise woman capable of being the wife of a good man and mother of children that honor her and you.
Train her, call her, shape her to a desire for the fruit of your spirit – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
Romans 12 Prayer
Lord, lead her to renew her mind, to reject patterns of this world. I pray so she might once again know your good and perfect will.
Make her hate what is evil and cling to what is good. Send her friends and a husband to be devoted to each other in your love, the kind of sincere love that helps people become better demanding time, money, and personal involvement.
Romans 8 Prayer
Lord, I know you work all together for the good of those who love you. She once loved you. Return her to you. Go to find the lost sheep. Bring her back before the ravages of the world ruin her. Enable her to be more than a conqueror thru Jesus Christ. Nothing can separate her from the love of Christ.
Colossians 4 Prayer
My God, bring her to a place of standing firm in your will. Enable her to mature and be fully assured in your will.
Please, Lord, remove any darkness that came through me to her. Reverse the pattern. I give her back to you, again. I give up. Only you can draw a blood line. Surround her with angels. Invade her heart with the Holy Spirit so she might have a different outcome.
Thank you, God for preserving her, for speaking to and changing her heart. You answered my prayer that she not be ruined for your purposes and ability to enjoy life and have fulfilling relationships.
She has become more than a conqueror because of you. Her mind is transformed. Her body is made whole again.
God, you are good and merciful to her. You got her attention and turned her back from the enemies hands.
Titus 2: 11 – 14 Prayer
God, allow her your grace so she might say no to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live a self-controlled, upright, and godly life.
Oh, God, allow a sense of love and worthiness in her. Let her feel and know she is loved even as she feels the bitter sting of her choices. Let that bring her sorrow and repentance so she returns to you with reverence, delight, and thanksgiving.
Colossians 1: 9 – 14 Prayer
Lord, fill her with knowledge of your will so she may live a life worthy of you and please you in every way bearing good fruit in every good work, growing in knowledge of you being strengthened with all power according to your glorious might, give her endurance and patience. Fill her again with Christ’s joy and ability to give thanks.
Psalm 119: 165-169 Prayer
God, I pray that she will come to love you and obey your laws. Great peace will she have if she loves your law. Hear her cry that will come, then give her understanding according to your word.