You love your son, and you hate more than anything to see him struggling, or in any type of trouble in his life. Here are 16 powerful prayers for a son in trouble.
Prayer for a Son’s Faith
Jesus, my Redeemer, faith is not something that we conjure up within ourselves. No, as Your word says, faith is a gift. Hear me, Lord, for my son’s faith is waning. He is struggling to believe in the certainty of Your promise. Give him a resounding faith. Stoke the embers in his heart, and kindle within him a burning fire in Your Spirit. Restore to him the heartfelt joy of Your salvation and lead him back to life everlasting. Amen.
A Prayer for a Depressed Son
Light in the Darkness, it such a stigma in our society to talk openly about depression. My son has recently dared to speak up about his struggles, of which You already know and understand. Lord, give my son the peace and comfort he so desperately seeks. Keep himself from self-harm. Help him to deal with his depression healthily so that he might be drawn closer to You amid his suffering. Hear me through Your Son, Christ our Lord. Amen.
Heartbroken Son Prayer
Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, You are near to the brokenhearted and the afflicted. When we descend into life’s darkest places, You are there with us. You provide us the light we need to see and to make it through. At this time, my son is experiencing a dark time in his life. His heart is broken, and he has a difficult time making it through each day. Lord, hear the cries of his heart. Wipe away all his tears and bind up his wounds. Call him out from the darkness and make Your face shine upon him in Your marvelous presence. Amen.
A Prayer for an Addicted Son
God of Heaven’s Armies, a demon has entered into my son’s life. It has taken his mind, body, and soul hostage through the scourge of addiction. This demon is relentless and will not let go of my son. Lord, I plead of Your boundless mercy to rid my son of his demonic oppressor. Break this evil spirit’s hold over my son. Vanquish it back to the outer darkness. Fill my son’s life with the light of Your word, that the evil foe will have no way back into his life. Lord, grant this. Amen.
A Prayer for a Son in Jail
Lord, Chain-Breaker, my son has met a terrible fate. He has run into many stumbling blocks in his life and has made some awful decisions that have landed him in jail. So much of his future is now questionable. Lord, I ask that You make the best of his experience in jail. Help him to use his time there to reflect on his actions. Convict him to want to change his ways and do better. Lord, remove any obstacle that keeps him from turning to You in repentance. Let him not fear Your hand but allow him to rest in the peace of the forgiveness of his sins through the blood of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.
Prodigal Son Prayer
Lord, my Refuge, I come to You begging for You to intervene in my son’s life. We have been estranged from one another for quite some time, and I worry about the direction he is taking. Lord, whatever he is seeking, I know he will not find it until he finds rest in You. Hand him over to the world, that he may be broken and return to You. Just as You brought the prodigal son home, do the same for mine. Lord, in Your mercy, hear me. Amen.
A Prayer for a Son at War
Father of Unfailing Love and Mercy, could there ever be something as tragic as war? What horrible things sin has imposed upon Your good creation! My son is a soldier deployed on a mission. I am fearful of what he must endure. Most merciful Father, I beg You to watch after my son. Keep him safe from the harm of the enemy. Let him act nobly and with integrity so that the nation he serves is proud, and You may be glorified in his actions. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer for a Son in Financial Trouble
God of Enduring Faithfulness, my son’s present financial situation is very bleak. Many in his industry are struggling to put food on their table, and many are out of work altogether. In these times of financial duress, I ask that You bless and keep my son, who is struggling to make ends meet. Give him honest work and a frugal disposition, that he might be given enough to support himself. Give him opportunities to get ahead, so that he might keep his family fed with dignity. Amen.
A Prayer for an Unemployed Son
Father God, we sometimes forget what a blessing it is to simply have a job. We take so much as a given when we could lose it all at any time. I pray for my son, Lord, who has recently lost his job and is in financial trouble. Help him with his finances so that he can learn to budget the money he has. Help him to build a strong network so that he can make the best of the opportunities he does have. Most importantly, give him peace of mind that You will see him through this time of refining through Your Spirit. Amen.
A Prayer for Solid Mentors
Loving Father, so much of our journey through life is shaped and molded by those around us. It can become so easy to get wrapped up in the wrong crowd. My son is vulnerable in his life right now, and he could easily be taken advantage of. I ask that You surround him with good and caring people who have his best interest in mind. Keep him from being exploited by others, for You are truly a God who protects the weakest among us. Amen.
A Prayer for a Son in Imminent Danger
All-Powerful God, hear my heartfelt cry, and let my prayer rise to You. I beg of You to act quickly, for my son is in imminent trouble. His life may be in danger, Lord, and I am in a helpless position. I ask that You send Your angelic hosts to keep him safe. Graciously thwart the plots of the wicked that seek to harm him. Do not leave him or forsake him, Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for Son with a Dangerous Job
Lord, my Shield, I give thanks and praise to You that people are willing to do the dangerous jobs that are necessary to sustain this life on Earth. My son is among these people, and he accepts this risk to his life each day. I pray that You watch over him as he serves in his vocation. Make his steps sound, and give him sharpness of mind, body, and soul so that he avoids injury. Lord, in Your boundless mercy, do not turn away. Amen.
A Prayer for a Son’s Marriage
Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, You created marriage to testify to Your love for us. In this sacred institution, You have taught us to live in harmony. Yet, my son’s marriage is being torn apart from within. The Devil has found a weakness and is exploiting it for all it is worth. Lord, rejuvenate my son’s marriage. Heal the brokenness that is tearing it apart, and give he and his wife forgiveness and redemption, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
A Prayer a Son’s Academic Struggles
Sovereign Lord, in Your loving kindness, You have arranged for our schools, teachers, and students. It is such a blessing to have the gift of education. As of late, though, it seems my son has been struggling in his studies. He is very bright but is having issues with certain subjects. Lord, I pray that You give him renewed focus and mental agility. Help him to grow in his studies so that he performs to the best of his ability. Mercifully hear my prayer, Lord. Amen.
A Prayer for a Seriously Ill Son
Jesus, the Great Physician, I am desperate to see Your handiwork in the body of my son, who has fallen seriously ill. He is fighting for his life, and we are unsure of how this will turn out. Jesus, destroy all sickness and disease in his body. Your touch alone cures all ills. Mercifully look upon my family and pity us. Heal my son’s afflictions and restore him to health. In Your most holy name, Amen.
A Prayer for an Anxious Son
God of All Comfort, anxiety is something we all deal with, but some struggle with it more than others. My son is debilitated by his anxiety. He finds it difficult to get things done as it controls and dictates many aspects of his life. Lord, as You have given us victory over all things, give my son victory over his anxiety. Help him to rest in the peace and joy that You won for him by Your blood on the cross. Amen.
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Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.