7 Powerful Bible Verses to Pray for Teens

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As summer winds to a close and your teen heads back to school, it’s easy to grow apprehensive. Will they make good friends, good grades, and good choices? Is this going to be their best year ever or will they be plagued with hardship and struggles?

Unfortunately, the answers to those questions are not up to us. Yet the Lord is sovereign over all things. He loves our children and desires to grow them into exactly who He created them to be.

While we can’t control what kind of school year they have, we can pray Scripture over our teens and unleash the power of God in their lives.  We can also rest peacefully knowing He is at work in their hearts and circumstances.

There is power in prayer, but there is even more power in praying the Word of God! As 2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV) confirms, All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

7 Scriptures to Pray as Your Teen Goes Back to School

I encourage you to open your Bible and read the daily Scripture before you pray. As you pray, imagine the Lord placing a shield of faith around your teen, protecting them from the attacks of the enemy. Pray that these seeds of truth may be planted firmly in their hearts and minds without being stolen away.

  1. Philippians 3:13b-14

Father, as ______________________ begins a new school year, please help them forget what is behind and press on toward what is ahead. Let them step into this new adventure unhindered by the past, filled with hope for the days to come. May they press on towards the goal of knowing You, for which You have called them heavenward; may their relationship with You, both now and forever, be the prize they seek to gain.

  1. Psalm 1:1-3

Father, may ____________________ be blessed as they walk daily with You. May they not keep company with those who delight in doing bad things or who would draw them away from You. Instead, may they delight in meditating on Your Word and in keeping Your ways. May they be like a tree planted near streams of water so that their faith will not wither under pressure but instead will yield fruit over time. Lord, as they drink deeply from Your Word, may they prosper in whatever they do for Your glory.

  1. James 1:5

Father, when ___________________ lacks wisdom and is searching for answers, may they not be deceived by the abundance of information and opinions around them. Instead, may they seek the truth from You and from Your Word, knowing that You give generously to all who ask without finding fault. And when they do seek wisdom from You, Lord, may it be given to them along with a heart to apply it.

  1. Philippians 4:6-7

Father, I pray  __________________ will not be anxious about anything but in every situation will turn to You in prayer with a heart of gratitude. As they present their requests to You, may Your peace, which transcends all understanding, guard their heart and mind in Christ Jesus.

  1. Romans 12:1-2

Father, in light of Your mercy, please help ________________ present their body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to You. Help them learn that living wholeheartedly for You is true and proper worship, not just checking a church box. May they not conform to the patterns and ways of the world around them but be transformed as You daily renew their mind. Through walking with You and surrendering their own desires, may they be able to discern Your good, pleasing, and perfect will.

  1. Ephesians 2:10

Father, I pray  ____________________ will claim this truth: That they are Your handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which You prepared in advance for them to do. Help them see themselves through Your eyes and live into the fullness of all You’ve created them to do.

  1. James 1:2-4

Father, may ________________ consider it joy when they face trials of many kinds because the testing of their faith will strengthen them and produce perseverance. I pray their perseverance will finish its work, so they may grow up into maturity, not lacking anything they need.


Want more prayers for your family? Lift up these prayers for the new school year or these 5 daily prayers for husbands.

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