25 Powerful and Effective Prayers for Teens (with Free Prayer Printables)

Looking for powerful prayers for the teens in your life? Let’s face it–the teen years are challenging. The transition from childhood to adulthood has many bumps along the way. Not only are our teens trying to figure out who they are and where they fit in, the social pressures around them through social media presents its own set of challenges that can result in anxiety, depression, unhealthy behaviors and cyber bullying (source).

This world is truly a battlefield–and it is essential that we as parents do our best to prepare our teens for the obstacles that they will inevitably face. Parenting teens can seem like a daunting task in this strange and dark world we live in–but we can courageously pray for our teens and continuously point them to the cross of Christ. This world may be a battleground, but we have the greatest offensive weapon on our side–the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:17).

Here are 25 prayers for teens that we can pray each day as our loved ones enter the battlefield each day. Join me in using God’s Word to pray powerful prayers for our teenagers, and you can download and print FREE prayer printables at the end of the post!

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25 Powerful Prayers for Teens

As we pray for our teens today, I will be using the general pronouns “they”, “them” or “their”, since I am praying for teenage girls and boys. You can also insert your own teen’s name within these prayers if you wish. Let’s pray!

1. Prayers for their Protection 

Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

Lord, I ask that You will rescue, guide, and protect my teen today. Answer them when they call on You, and be with them in times of trouble. I know that Your plans for them are good, and not for their harm. Guard and protect them with Your favor as with a shield (Psalm 5:12). Amen. 

2. Prayers for their Heart

Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Lord, I ask that You will guard my teen’s heart, and give them wisdom and direction. Guard their mind, will, and emotions, and may everything that flows from their heart be good, holy and pure. Amen.

3. Prayers for their Eternal Security

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

Thank you Lord, for sending Jesus to die for my teen! May _______________ (insert name) choose to accept You into their life, and may they spend eternity with You forever. Help them to love and serve You all the days of their life. Amen. 

 4. Prayers for their Obedience

Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12

Lord, teach my teen the powerful gift and blessing of obedience. Help them to understand that when they honor their parents, they are truly obeying and submitting to You. Help them to walk in obedience to You, and may they live long, joyful, and fulfilled lives. Amen. 

5. Prayers for their 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

Lord, please protect my teen’s health, and grant them nourishment and daily provision in their body. Help them to establish healthy eating and exercise habits that will sustain them. Give them the strength they need to approach each day with the power of Your Holy Spirit. Amen.

6. Prayers for their Relationships

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Lord, may my teen flourish in their relationships with friends, family, and as active members of their community. Help them to seek healthy relationships that will build them up, and may they shine as a beacon of light to those around them. Amen.

7. Prayers for their Friendships

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity. Proverbs 17:17

Lord, I ask that you will surround my teen with positive, godly friendships. Give them friends who will support, encourage, and spur them on toward love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24). May those friendships encourage their heart, and last for years to come. Amen.

8. Prayers for Teens: Prayers for their Education 

Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance… Proverbs 1:5

Lord, give the teens in our community wise discernment, and may they gain wisdom to add to their learning (Proverbs 1:5). Give them a hunger and thirst to understand your Word, and an excitement to learn about the world around them. Help them to know that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge, and true understanding (Proverbs 9:10). Amen.

9. Prayers for their 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

Lord, thank you for giving my teen unique gifts, skills and talents that can be used for Your glory. Help me to encourage my teen in those gifts, so that they can use those abilities to build up and edify others. Amen.

10. Prayers for their Purity

How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. Psalm 119:9

Lord, I ask today that You will guard my teen’s purity by helping them to live according to Your Word. Help them not to conform to the patterns of this world, but to be transformed daily by the renewing of their mind (Romans 12:2). Guide my teen’s heart and mind to think thoughts that are pure, right and noble. Amen. 

11. Prayers for their Courage

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 

Lord, help my teen to become strong and courageous in You. Help them to remember that Your perfect love casts out fear, and that they do not have to be afraid of what may come in the future. Remind my teen that You are always there with them. Amen.

12. Prayers for their 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 

Lord, I lift my teen up to You today. Saturate their mind with Scripture so that Your truth powerfully permeates their thoughts and actions. Equip them to dwell on things above, and not on earthly things that pass away. May the power of Your Word guard their heart and mind through Christ. Amen. 

13. Prayers for their Influence 

Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20

Lord, I pray for my teen to have positive, godly influences in their life. Surround them with peers who will help them make good decisions that honor You. Help them to also be a good role model and positive influence on others. Protect them from unhealthy relationships, and help them to thrive in their community with joy and confidence. Amen.

14. Prayers for their Future Spouse

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Ephesians 5:24-27

Lord, I pray for my teen’s future spouse. I ask that their relationship will honor You and become a beacon of hope and strength to those around them. When the time is right, draw them close together as husband and wife in holy matrimony, and may they seek to love, honor, and respect one another with grace and loyalty. Amen.

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15. Prayers for Teens: Prayers for Discernment

I am your servant; give me discernment that I may understand your statutes. Psalm 119:125

Lord, give my teen discernment and understanding to make the right choices. Help them to discern which relationships to pursue, and which influences to avoid. I thank you that my teen will gain knowledge, wisdom and discernment through Your Word. Amen.

16. Prayers for their Forgiveness

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. Matthew 6:14 

Lord, I ask that my teen will seek Your forgiveness when they have done wrong. Help them to forgive those who have hurt them, and give them the strength and power to move forward in life with Your grace and peace. Amen. 

17. Prayers Against 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

Lord, I pray against any strongholds that are preventing my teen from living in Your peace and freedom. Your Word has the power to demolish strongholds, and they are 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 teen to walk in Your freedom and power each day. Amen.

18. Prayer for their Guidance

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers. Proverbs 11:14

Lord, guide my teen each day through Your Spirit. You are their Good Shepherd, and may they know and recognize Your voice (John 10:27). Help them to listen intently to You, and show them the path You want them to take in life. Thank you Lord, that through wisdom and knowledge, Your discernment will guide them. Amen. 

19. Prayers for their Faith

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Lord, I lift up my teen to You in prayer. Strengthen their faith each day. May they not waver on the waves of doubt and uncertainty, but to know with confidence that You are with them. Help my teen to diligently spend time in Your Word, seeking Your face for direction and guidance. May their faith grow each day as they trust in You. Amen.

20. Prayers for their Calling

With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith. 2 Thessalonians 1:11

Lord, I pray for my teen’s calling. Bring to fruition the calling that You have placed on their life, and may they overflow with Your goodness and grace. I know that You have given my teen tremendous gifts and skills that they can use to be a blessing to others. May they live out their calling with joy and gladness. Amen.

21. Prayers for Teens: Prayers Against Temptations

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

Lord, I pray for my teen today, and I pray against any temptations in their life. Help them to remain pure, putting on the breastplate of righteousness as they navigate this dark world. Help them to remain vigilant against the schemes of Satan. I pray that every plan of the enemy will be thwarted, and that they will seek righteousness, faith, love and peace with a pure heart. (2 Timothy 2:22) Amen.

22. Prayers for their Strength 

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29

Lord, strengthen my teen with Your power and strength today. Help them to know that they can rely on Your mighty power through the Holy Spirit. Equip them with the grace and fortitude they need to live each day for Your honor and glory. Amen.

23. Prayers for their Future

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Lord, thank you for giving good gifts to my teen. Thank you for the hope and future that they have through You. May Your plans for my teen’s life brighten their path and draw them closer to You each day. As they seek to discover Your will for their future, help them to trust in You each day. Amen.

24. Prayers for their Understanding

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you peace and prosperity. Proverbs 3:1-2

Lord, thank you that my teen can gain insight and understanding through Your Word. Surround them with mentors and teachers who can help them understand Your truth. Guide their life through the understanding they receive from Your Word. Amen.

25. Prayers for their Self-Image

But now, this is what the Lord says–he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. Isaiah 43:1

Lord, I pray for my teen’s self-image. Help them to know that they are wonderfully created in Your image (Psalm 139:14). When they see themselves, may they see who You created them to be. Call my teen by name, and remind them that they belong to You. Amen. 

Prayers for Teens– Free Prayer Printables

You can print FREE sample prayer pages from the prayer resource For this Child I Prayed: 52 Powerful Prayers for your Daughter and For this Child I Prayed: 52 Powerful Prayers for your Son available on Amazon.

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You can also get the digital version of these prayer journals by going to the page HERE.

In Conclusion

As our teens enter new stages of and seasons of their lives, we as parents desire to pray for their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. May these prayers encourage you as you pray for your teens with power each day!

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