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A prayer for the parent of a struggling child —

By Cindy Branton

Dear Heavenly Father,

First, I want to thank you for the privilege and blessing it is to be a parent. I am so grateful that you have entrusted me to parent my precious child. This whole parenting thing is not for the faint of heart but if I’m honest, faint of heart is exactly how I’m feeling these days.


This has not been an easy parenting season. There are constant struggles and difficulties. I need you now more than ever before because I can’t do this on my own.


As my child rebels, please remind me of my own rebellion toward you. How many times have you clearly shown me what you ask of me, and I did just the opposite? Your love for me has never changed, and your grace will never run out. When my child resists my authority, allow me to show the same grace that I have experienced from you.


When I am feeling hopeless in my relationship with my child, please allow your loving hope to fill me. Give me glimpses of the great plans that you have for this child. Allow me to see how you can wield the strong will of this child into a force of greatness for your Kingdom. Following you is rarely easy, so may the persistence and determination that come so easily to this child be formed into a steadfastness in their relationship with you.


God, may kindness be on my lips toward this child and about this child. Reveal opportunities to praise and celebrate the good in this child’s life. Let me be tireless in my desire to encourage and speak truth over this child. When I see obedience, let my first instinct not be that of surprise but thankfulness.


Let my child see what honor looks like because of the reverence I show to you. Let my child see what your patience looks like because you daily supply me what I need. Let your response be on my lips instead of my own selfish reactions to defiance, and in this may it move my child toward redemption. Let me demonstrate self-control in the midst of the barrage of insults, tantrums or disobedience.


When my child is struggling, I pray that you would be the refuge we seek. Draw my child to you, perfect Father. Allow your Spirit to soften my child’s heart. Remind me that this is your child. You created this individual and you know this person more intimately than I could ever dream.

Put Godly mentors in my life who inspire me and offer a safe refuge where I can share my internal struggles, fears and parenting fails. Give me a guide who will offer hope when I cannot see it and someone who will be devoted to praying over the relationship between my child and me.


Use this difficult season for your glory. I will choose joy in the midst of this hardship.