How to Pray for Your Sons
New parents often go for advice to their parents. The experience they have is often the only thing between a new parent and a sleep-deprived mental breakdown. The grandparents in our lives offer so much wisdom and guidance for both the parents and the new children in a young family. However, we as Christians often neglect to ask the advice of our Heavenly Father. Praying for your sons is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. We pray for their safety and their grades at school but how can we pray for the most important aspect of their lives, the spiritual one.
Praying for Times of Temptation
While your sons are very young, it is easy to shield them from the evil of this world. Bible bedtime stories, Sunday School, and Thomas the Tank Engine all help you build a strong moral foundation for your little boy. However, your son will soon be growing up and be entering the adult world. Some of the books he reads will start to sow seeds of doubt in God’s Word. The school he attends will often have curriculums that actively deny what the Bible teaches. Almost every voice outside of your home will be drawing your son away from God. My pastor often says that “temptation is the devil substituting God’s reality with his own.” Pray that your sons recognize the temptation to ignore God’s path. Ask the Lord to give him the strength to continue down the path of righteousness you showed them when they were younger.
Praying for Wisdom
Your sons are the future. They are developing CEOs, pastors, husbands, and leaders. They will be making about 35,000 decisions each day. Every one of these choices will affect his company and family. The wisest man in the world knew he needed the Lord’s help when he was called to lead the nation of Israel.
Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? 1 Kings 3:9 KJV
Your sons need the same wisdom. They cannot possibly know the effect of all the decisions they will make. Pray that the Lord gives them the wisdom that can only come from Him.
Praying for Courage
If your son is going to stand for the Lord in the present day, he will often stand alone. Peer pressure is strong, especially in your son’s teen years. There will be so many voices calling him to join in on something that violates his conscience. Pray that he will have the courage to stand alone for something he knows to be right. Ask the Lord to give him, even more, courage to stand with someone who is the object of bullying or ridicule.
Praying for Faith
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 KJV
The Christian faith is not a blind one. We have the truth found in God’s Word. Christians also have the testimony of the lives that were radically changed by our Savior. We also have the creation that surrounds us that proclaims God’s power. Despite these many young men struggle to keep the faith of their parents. A combination of hypocrites observed in the church and the allure of the sinful world draws many of our sons away. Pray that your son has a hunger for the Word of God. You cannot force your faith on your son, but you can pray that he makes it his own.
Praying for Life
Praying for your son is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. It can be overwhelming to realize you are responsible for the spiritual well being of your child. Keep in mind that you are not alone. The same God you are praying to on behalf of your child can help you as well. He can show you what specific areas you need to pray for in your unique child. He can also give you the endurance to pray for your son throughout his entire life. I am so thankful I had parents and grandparents who prayed for me. I would not be the man I am today without their intercessions. And the best part is I know they are still praying for me today.