5 Scriptures to pray for adult children

Five comforting Scriptures to pray over your adult children, complete with Scripture prayers. For every parent's comfort and assurance in rearing adults.

Do you catch yourself worrying over your adult children?  Lying in your bed at night, concerned for their safety? Texting them first thing in the morning to allay your fears?

I’ve done it too.

Will they make sound choices?

With whom is she spending time?

Are they riding with safe drivers?

Where is he sleeping this weekend?

What are the safety conditions at her place of employment?

It runs like a looped play list in the back of my mind.

I find it hard to trust God when I did so well keeping them safe under my own roof!

But God is really the One who kept them safe that whole time.

Not me.

Praying Scriptures over our adult children brings comfort and peace.


5 Comforting Scripture prayers for your adult children

1.  God can do anything – and He hears your prayers

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or His ear dull, that it cannot hear;  ~Isaiah 59:1

Prayer:  Lord, I know that your hand is not too short to save, and your ear is not too dull to hear!

2.  We can pray in every circumstance

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  ~Romans 12:12

Prayer:  Father, help me to be joyful because I have HOPE in You!  Help me be patient when trouble comes.  Help me to pray about every circumstance.

Five comforting Scriptures to pray over your adult children, complete with Scripture prayers. For every parent's comfort and assurance in rearing adults.

3.  We can praise in every circumstance

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;  bring an offering and come before Him!  Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;  ~1 Chronicles 16:29

Prayer:  Father, give me the grace to praise You when I feel defeated and in the dark.  May I give You the glory due Your name and continue praising You even when I don’t know what the next day brings.

4.  We can remember what God has done through His strength

I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,  but the Lord helped me.  The Lord is my strength and my song;  He has become my salvation.  Glad songs of salvation are in the tents of the righteous;  The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.  ~Psalm 118:13-15

Prayer:  Lord, you’ve saved me before when I was about to fall.  You’re my strength and my song.  You have become my salvation.  I can sing glad songs of salvation in my home because I’ve been made righteous through Christ.  Your right hand has done mighty things!

5.  We can trust God’s ability to do far more!

Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.  Amen.  ~Ephesians 3:20-21

Prayer:  Father, thank You for the promise that You can do abundantly MORE than all we ask or imagine, according to Your power that works within us!  To You be glory in the church and in Christ down through all generations!


We serve a mighty God Whose ways are not our own, Who doesn’t think like us, and Who works on His own time clock.  Let’s learn to praise Him in every trial, praying always in all circumstances.  God, in His mighty power, can do far more than we can imagine, as we have surely seen Him do in our past.

Let’s give our adult children to Him, pray expectantly, and watch Him work!

Five comforting Scriptures to pray over your adult children, complete with Scripture prayers. For every parent's comfort and assurance in rearing adults.

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Ruthie Gray is mom to four grown children, ages 19-26, and Gigi to the Tiny Tornado. She and her husband, Jim, live in West Virginia, and have been married for 29 years. Ruthie blogs about faith, parenting, and empty nesting, sharing wisdom and encouragement with a splash of humor, at Rear.Release.Regroup.com. On her free time, she loves to cook, read, and snack on plastic cheese with the Tiny Tornado. Ruthie is the founder of MTO (Mom Time Out), a closed Facebook Group designed to encourage moms on how to deal with anger/frustration moments. She is thankful for the grace of her Father, Who makes all things new.


  1. Fern says

    I want you to know, I was looking for something like this post just last night!! Thank you so much for letting God speak through you and for posting this! God Bless!

  2. says

    Fern, isn’t it wonderful how God works? He knows! And He meets our need right where we are. I pray you will implement these powerful Scriptures in your daily prayer life!

  3. Joseph D.S. Blackie Jr. says

    I am blessed to have you provide such a wonderful guide. I am a father of four and really go on worrying over the spiritual growth of my children. Today my fear is gone knowing GOD ALMIGHTY is our guide and hope when all is done. I am a Sierra Leonean from West Africa.

  4. says

    Joseph, thank you so much for letting us know of the encouragement you received! God’s word is the provision, my friend! I have four grown children as well, but these verses give me a peace that passes all understanding! I hope you will write them down and continue to use them!

  5. Heather says

    I never imagined I would face the types of things that are happening in my adult children’s lives. It’s painful to be witness to and to accept that I can’t “fix” it. I take comfort in knowing “This too shall pass” and that God is my refuge and my strength. I so appreciate the scripture you have shared here and will try to keep it running through my mind when my thoughts take a bad turn. I pray my sons will recognize that God is the only answer and Jesus paid their price.

    • says

      Hi Heather – I know it’s hard! We are no longer in control of our children’s lives – sometimes I wish they were all back in the nest! It’s definitely a lesson in trust, isn’t it? These Scriptures are a comfort to me as well. Praying for you. Thank you for your comment.

  6. Lynn says

    Reading these post alone from these parents is so encouraging. I have a 19 yr old going on 20. Bothers me she is not attending church any longer and doing her “own” thing. Trusting in God completely that He has His hand on her always.

    • says

      It’s so hard, isn’t it? When we know the answers for them, but God has to meet them where they are on His timeclock. It’s just as much about His work in our hearts as it is in theirs. >3

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