Prayers for young adults start at home.
Want to pray for the next generation, but don’t know where to start? As a parent of four young adults, I know it’s hard not to worry about them as they make their way in this wicked world. There are so many things to pray for, it can be very overwhelming.
The list of things we could petition God for on their behalf is endless, so let’s widen the scope a bit and think big picture.
We want our young adults to think biblically, have good mental health and emotional stability, make wise choices and follow the Lord, right? Well, all those outcomes are a result of maintaining foundational spiritual disciplines and cultivating an intimate relationship with Jesus.
So, we should be consistent and intentional in praying for young adults to focus on their spiritual stability and faithfulness to Christ. That way they can weather the storms of life, resist temptation, grow in godliness, walk in wisdom, and bring God the glory He deserves. Here are six strategic prayers for young adults and their spiritual stability.
6 Strategic Prayers for Young Adults and Their Spiritual Stability
- Confidence in Christ.
- Cleave to Christ and His word.
- Character of Christ.
- Church home.
- Cultivate godly relationships.
- Courage to be counter-cultural.
1 Timothy 4:12 KJV – Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
#1 Prayer for Young Adults to Have Confidence in Christ
Anxiety levels rise when we leave the nest and get out on our own. We worry about our future and finances, obsess over outcomes, and lose sleep because we’ve got so much on our minds. The pressures, expectations and disappointments can completely crush us.
Proverbs 3:5-6 reminds us to trust the Lord and look to Him for guidance. It’s a great verse to pray for ourselves, and the young people in our lives. When we look to Jesus for help and hope in our time of need, peace floods our hearts as He lifts every burden off our shoulders.
Those entering adulthood need our strategic prayers to have confidence in Christ and trust His word as absolute truth and the authority on every subject. Jesus is the only constant in our ever-changing world. He is always faithful!
Strategic prayer for young adults to have strong faith:
I pray that the young adults who don’t know you yet will come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ as Lord. That they would turn from their sin and seek your face. I ask that those in the next generation who have placed their faith in Christ seek you and your strength to carry them through the storms of this life. May they look to you for help in their time of need instead of relying on themselves or others. The young people who are born-again belong to you, and we know you hold them in your hand and keep them from falling. I pray young adults would have confidence in Christ alone to strengthen them, sustain them, direct them, and deliver them from the hand of the enemy. Help them to remain steadfast in their faith in Christ and His character and tender care for them. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
#2 Prayer for Young Adults to Cleave to Christ and His Word
Not only should the next generation of believers have confidence in Christ, but in order to thrive in this fallen world, they also need to cleave to Christ and His word. Abiding in Christ and having His word abiding in us is actually the key to living the abundant life.
Without an intimate relationship with Jesus, sitting at His feet and soaking up His word, they are choosing by default to walk in the flesh, being foolish, and following the ways of this wicked world.
Strategic prayer for young adults to abide in Christ
Your word brings light and life into the darkness and death that surrounds us. It is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path, and by your word, we walk in wisdom and grow in godliness. I pray our young adults will see the relevance and value of your eternal truths. That they will cleave to Christ as the only way, truth, and life, and trust His word to guide them. Help them to remain unswayed by the opinions of man or false doctrine that runs rampant these days. May this next generation of believers experience the joy and peace that comes from abiding in you. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
#3 Prayer for Young Adults to Have the Character of Christ
When the word dwells in us richly we naturally adopt the mind of Christ and begin to develop Christlike character. The more we apply what we know, believing God’s word as truth, the more that godliness grows.
Of course, the battle for our attention, affection, and adoration is always raging. The devil is on a mission to steal our faith, kill our love for God, and destroy our testimony. He is relentless and strategic in his wiles. That’s why it’s so important to pray strategically for our young adults to have the character of Christ, despite the temptations that are constantly coming at them.
Strategic prayer for young adults to be like Jesus
I pray for the next generation to follow Jesus and learn from Him how to handle the issues of life. Help them to obey your word and walk in your ways. Develop holiness, humility, honesty, and helpfulness in them. Conform them to the image of Christ and break them out of the mold of this world. Help these young people to make decisions based on truth and guidance from the Spirit and not be driven by their emotions. Give them a desire to have integrity and live for your glory alone. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
#4 Prayer for Young Adults to Find a Bible-Believing Church
Loneliness and depression are common struggles for young adults. That can lead to desperation and trying to fill that void with anyone they can find.
A church home that has discipleship and fellowship with people their own age helps to meet the need for companionship and support. Unfortunately, there are a lot of churches that don’t teach sound doctrine and lead people astray, so it’s vital for the next generation to learn what to look for in a local New Testament church. We need to pray for them to find a Bible-believing, Spirit-led church in their area.
Strategic prayer for young adults to attend a solid church:
I pray you would lead these young people to a Bible-believing church home that will welcome them with open arms and walk with them as they grow in the grace and the knowledge of Jesus. Help them to listen to the nudges of the Holy Spirit and flee false doctrine. Bring our young adults to a church that is mission-focused and intentional about spiritual growth. Give them a deep conviction to worship weekly with other believers and not neglect this extremely important element of their mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
#5 Prayer for Young Adults to Cultivate Godly Relationships
Over the past several years of discipling young women, I’ve noticed a trend. As soon as they commit to going all-in with Jesus and learning His word and following His will, a young man enters the picture, and they lose interest in walking with Jesus. In their desire to be seen, known, heard, and loved, these young women opt for a flesh and blood tangible person instead of a God they can’t see.
They often fall for guys who don’t know Jesus and compromise on their convictions. And no matter how many times you tell them that only Jesus can meet the deep needs of their soul and that obeying His word is the best way to go, sadly, they end up learning the hard way.
If our young people place their confidence in Christ alone, cleave to Him and His word, and have the character of Christ and a solid church home, they are more likely to choose their friends and significant others wisely. But it’s still an area we should pray for them about.
Strategic prayer for young adults to have godly relationships:
I pray you would give our young adults wisdom in choosing their friends, confidantes, and significant others. Keep them from falling victim to the desperation that acute loneliness and the desire to belong often triggers. Draw near to them and satisfy the longings of their souls. Strategically place godly people in their lives to spend time with them, sharpen them, and speak truth into their lives. Help them resist the temptation to compromise. Make them men and women who cultivate and maintain godly relationships. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
#6 Prayer for Young Adults to Have the Courage to be counter-cultural
The level of darkness and debauchery that characterizes our society today is mind-blowing to me. Christian values, identity, purity, truth, and sound morals are all under attack. It’s impossible to shield them from the perversion that prevails, so we need to do our best to instill biblical principles and pray that they have the courage to be counter-cultural Christians when they are out on their own.
Philippians 2:15 KJV – That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
Strategic prayer for young adults to be courageous and counter-cultural
I pray that our young adults would be courageous and counter-cultural like Daniel and his three friends were in the land of Babylon. Give them boldness to share their faith. Use them to influence the lost souls around them and bring them to Jesus. Keep them from backsliding and blending in. Help them to be strong despite the opposition. May they never be ashamed of the gospel or the Lord who bought them with His own blood. In the mighty and matchless name of Christ my King, I pray. Amen.
Support Young Adults With Strategic Prayers for Spiritual Stability
It’s their foundation of faith and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ that is going to help our young people the most in their current life circumstances and set them up for strength and success in their future.
We can’t choose these things for them, or force them to listen to wise counsel, but we can place them in the hands of the One who holds their hearts in His hand. We can trust God to convict them, correct them, and change them. And we can support them with strategic prayers for their spiritual stability.
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