Are you looking for ways to encourage and pray for your son? In this day and age we live in, it is essential that we pray for our sons with power and effectiveness. Use the following Scriptures as a guide to pray for the most important areas in your son’s life.
Praying for our sons daily is one of the most important ways we can communicate our love to our sons, and they will be encouraged to know that we daily take them to the throne of God’s grace in prayer!
29 Scriptures to Pray for your Son
There are so many Scriptures in God’s Word that we can use to pray for our sons. You can even download a free prayer calendar in this post with over 30 Scriptures you can use to pray for your children.
As we specifically pray for our sons, we can hone our prayers a bit more and use the following Scriptures to pray for our sons strategically.
Whether your son is a busy toddler, a preteen or an adult, here are nine Scriptures that you can use to pray for your son TODAY. You can even download a FREE printable prayer at the end of this post!
1. Prayers for my son to love God
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.Deuteronomy 6:5
One of the first areas that we can pray for our sons is for them to love God with all their hearts. If our sons cultivate a genuine and authentic love for God, all the other things in their lives will fall into place.
Just as it says in Matthew 6:33, when our sons seek God and his kingdom first, all the other things that they need will be provided for them.
Pray for your son to have a dynamic love for God’s Word. If your son is still in your home this can be cultivated by attending church services, Bible studies, and youth groups.
Surround your son with books that are God-honoring and devotionals that pique their interest. These things, working with the power of the Holy Spirit, can help our sons cultivate a strong relationship with God.
Prayer: Lord, I lift up my son to you right now. Help him to love you with all of his heart, soul, mind, and strength. Help him to know that you are always with him and can help him through anything. Amen.
2. Prayers for my son to be a strong and courageous leader
So the Lord said to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit of leadership, and lay your hand on him.Numbers 27:18
Our world is in great need of strong, godly leaders. Joshua was ready to succeed Moses as the leader of the Israelites because he feared and honored God. Pray for your son to establish dynamic leadership skills that will be a blessing to others around him.
Prayer: Lord I pray for my son, that you will strengthen him and equip him with leadership skills that will make a difference in this world. Our world is in great need of strong, godly leaders who will stand up for what is right.
Help my son to demonstrate leadership qualities in his life that will benefit and bless those around him. Amen.
3. Prayers for my son to have a heart of compassion
Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.Proverbs 31:8
Godly leaders also have hearts of compassion. Leaders do not only lead with courage and confidence, but with grace and humility. Pray for your son to demonstrate a heart of compassion for those around him, and for those who are in need.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my son will have a heart of compassion and mercy towards others around him. Help him to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, and may He powerfully defend the rights of the poor and marginalized. Amen.
4. Prayers for my son to be protected against sexual temptation
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.1 Corinthians 10:13
Satan strongly attacks men in the area of sexual temptation. Many of the Old Testament leaders stumbled in this area. David was a man after God’s own heart, but he also fell deeply into adulterous sin with Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11).
King Solomon was the wisest king who ever lived, yet he still allowed his many wives to lead him astray from God’s law (1 Kings 11:3-4).
In the over-sexualized culture we live in, we must diligently pray for our sons in this area. Satan lurks in this world seeking to devour our sons. He is crafty and cunning, and his only agenda is to steal, kill, and destroy.
Thankfully, we have the power of God’s Word and the power of prayer, and we can continually go to God’s throne of grace and intercede for our sons.
Prayer: Lord, I lift up my son to you in the area of sexual temptation. Your Word says that no temptation has overtaken us except what is common to all people. You are a faithful God, and you will not allow my son to be tempted sexually beyond what he can bear.
Thank you for providing a way out so that he can stand against sexual temptation. Protect him in this area, and may he daily seek your face for hope and strength. Amen.
5. Prayers for my son to be a godly husband
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.Ephesians 5:25
Whether your son is a young child or an adult, we can pray that they become the husbands God created them to be. Pray for your husband to have strong examples of what a godly husband looks like in his family and church community.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my son will grow to be a loving and godly husband. Help him to sacrifice his life for his wife and children, just as Jesus sacrificed his life for the church. Help him to look to the godly examples of those around him, and teach him what it means to be a godly husband. Amen.
6. Prayers for my son to be a loving father
Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.Ephesians 6:4
Even if your son is not a father yet or is still at home under your care, it is never too soon to pray for our sons to grow to be the amazing fathers God may call them to be someday. If your son is a father, pray that he will be a strong example of a godly father to his children.
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my son. Thank you that you are the greatest example of a loving Father. Help him to grow to be a wonderful father who teaches his children to honor and follow you. Amen.
7. Prayers for my son to be a diligent worker
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.Colossians 3:17
Our sons will spend a large portion of their time working to provide for their families. As soon as God created Adam in the garden, God gave him the responsibility of caring for it.
The work our sons will do on their jobs is an important part of their lives, and something they can do with excellence and diligence.
We can pray that our sons will have the opportunity to use the skills and abilities God gave them for his glory in their work and in their careers.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my son will do everything in your name with a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving. Whatever he does, in word or deed, may he do it with excellence and purpose, that you may receive the glory and honor in his life. Amen.
8. Prayers for my son to have godly friendships
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.Proverbs 13:20
Lord, I pray that you will guide my son into Godly relationships that honor and glorify you. Surround him with friends who desire to serve you with their lives, and may they walk in the wisdom of your word, and not in folly. Amen.
9. Prayers for my son to be a man of integrity
Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.Proverbs 10:9
As we pray for our sons to love God, to demonstrate good leadership, and a heart of compassion, we can also pray that they become godly men of integrity.
Men who have godly integrity will not be swayed by the pressures of this world to operate in ways that are dishonest. Pray for your son to be a man of integrity who fears the Lord all the days of his life.
Prayer; Lord, please help my son to grow to be a man of integrity and honor. Teach him the value of honesty and keeping his word, and may he glorify you and walk securely as a man of integrity. Amen.
10. Prayers for my son to have the Attitude of Christ
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6
Prayer: Lord, help my son to have an attitude and outlook on life that is pleasing to You. May his attitude reflect the love and kindness that is found in Your Word. Whatever challenges he may face, help him to remain confident that You will work out all things for his good. Amen.
11. Prayers for my son to have Self-Control
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 2 Peter 1:5-7
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my son will display self-control in his life as he trusts in You. When temptations arise, give him the strength to resist temptation by utilizing self-control through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
12. Prayers for my son Manage his Finances with Diligence
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce… Proverbs 3:9
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my son’s finances. Help him to trust in You as his source of provision and protection. Help him to manage his money in a way that is wise, prudent and honorable.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
13. Prayers for my son to have Godly Character
Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” 1 Corinthians 15:33
It is so important that our sons are intentionally surrounded by godly influences who will help shape their character in a positive way. Through wisdom, may our sons continue to grow in godly character as they seek the Lord.
Prayer: Lord, I pray that my son will grow in character as he seeks to serve You each day. Surround him with people who will encourage him to grow in character and in his faith. May he allow the wisdom he gains from Your Word to shape his character into a person who honors You with his life. Amen.
14. Prayers for my son to develop good habits
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:24-25
Prayer: Lord, I pray for my son’s habits. Help him to establish healthy habits that support his physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. May his routines and responsibilities align with Your values, and promote wellness, balance, and diligence. Amen.
15. Prayers for my son to have a heart of humility
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2
Prayer: Lord, give my son a heart of humility. Teach him to be humble and to serve others with joy and gladness. As he humbles himself before You, lift him up. Help him to abide in You, and to live a life filled with integrity that places others before himself. Amen.
16. Prayers for my son to develop patience
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Prayer: Lord, help my son with patience today. Thank you for giving him everything he needs to live an abundant, victorious life. Give him the strength, through the power of your Holy Spirit, to extend love, kindness, and patience to those around him. Amen.
17. Prayers for my son to develop perseverance
May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. 2 Thessalonians 3:5
Prayer: Lord, help my son to persevere in life with tenacity and grace. When he encounters difficulties and setbacks, give him Your perseverance to continue to run the race that you have laid before him. Remind him that he can do all things through Your strength. Amen.
18. Prayers for my son’s emotions
Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11
Prayer: Lord, help my son to submit his thoughts and feelings to the power and authority of Your Word. When he is feeling sad, angry, or frustrated, remind him that You are with him. Calm his soul and soothe his spirit as he puts his trust in You each day. Amen.
19. Prayers for my son to have a heart of gratitude
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Colossians 3:16
Prayer: Lord, fill my son’s heart with joy and gratitude. Help him to appreciate all of the amazing blessings You have given to him. May Your presence and Your Word be strong pillars that keep him rooted and grounded in You. Amen.
20. Prayers for my son to be encouraged
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Prayer: Lord, give my son encouragement and strength through the power of Your Holy Spirit. During times of discouragement, doubt, and despair, wrap Your loving arms around him, and surround him with Your peace and comfort. Amen.
21. Prayers for my son’s protection
Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12
Prayer: Lord, I ask that You will rescue, guide, and protect my son today. Answer him when he calls on You, and be with him in times of trouble. I know that Your plans for him are good, and not for his harm. Guard and protect him, and cover him with Your favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). Amen.
22. Prayers for my son’s salvation
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for sending Jesus to die for my son! May he choose to accept You into his life, and may he spend eternity with You forever. Help him to love and serve You all the days of his life. Remind him that he is Yours, and that nothing can separate him from Your undying love. Amen.
23. Prayers for my son’s health
Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. Proverbs 3:7-8
Prayer: Lord, please protect my son’s health, and grant him nourishment and daily provision in his body. Help him to establish healthy eating and exercise routines that will sustain him. May these healthy habits strengthen his emotional and spiritual development, and give him the fortitude he needs to approach each day through the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.
24. Prayers for my son’s education
Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance… Proverbs 1:5
Whether your son is in elementary school or graduate school, we as people are always learning. May our sons gain wisdom and understanding from God’s Word, whether they are in traditional education, or are pursuing a life-long vocation.
Prayer: Lord, give my son wise discernment, and may the wisdom he gains increase his understanding. Please give him a hunger and thirst to not only understand your Word, but an excitement to learn about the world around him. Help him to know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and true understanding. (Proverbs 9:10) Amen.
25. Prayers for my son’s gifts and talents
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
Prayer: Lord, thank you for giving my son unique gifts, skills, and talents that he can use for Your glory. Help me, along with his dad, to encourage him in those gifts, so that he may use his abilities to build up and edify those around him. Amen.
26. Prayers for my son’s mind
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
Prayer: Lord, I lift my son up to You today. Saturate his mind with Scripture so that Your truth powerfully permeates his thoughts and actions. Equip him to dwell on things above, and not on earthly things that pass away. May the power of Your Word guard his heart and mind through Christ. Amen.
27. A prayer for my son to receive wisdom and discernment
I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. Psalm 119:125
Prayer: Lord, give my son discernment and understanding to make the right choices in his life. Help him to discern which relationships to pursue, and which influences to avoid. I thank you that my son will gain knowledge, wisdom, and discernment through your Word. Amen.
28. Prayers for my son to demolish strongholds
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Corinthians 10:4
Prayer: Lord, I pray against any strongholds that are preventing my son from living in Your peace and freedom. Your Word has the power to demolish strongholds, and he is able to take captive every thought and place it under the obedience and power of Christ (2 Cor 10:4-5). Thank you Lord, that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom (2 Cor 3:17). Help my son to walk in Your freedom and power each day. Amen.
29. Prayers for my son’s faith
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1
Prayer: Lord, I lift up my son to You in prayer. May he not waver on the waves of doubt and uncertainty, but help him to know with confidence that You are with him. Help him to diligently spend time in Your Word, seeking Your face for direction and guidance. May his faith grow each day as he trusts in You. Amen.
Prayers for my Son: Free Printable
Feel free to download a free printable prayer for your son below! There are two different versions of this prayer, one printable design for younger sons, and another design for older sons.
I hope that you have found these Scriptures encouraging as we seek to use God’s Word to pray powerfully and effectively for our sons! In the midst of the difficulties and trials our sons may go through, we as mothers can always pray for our sons.
Never give up, and continue to pray for your son to be all of who God created him to be!
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