Praying For Children Moving Away From Home

It is humorously said that God could not be everywhere, so He made mothers. From the earliest times when we sent the children off to Grandma’s, to camp, or to a night at a friend’s house, we have to admit a wrenching relinquishment of our watchful care into the hands of another. There comes a time when that young person has to be turned over completely to the care of God. And He is enough for our mother’s heart.

Pray this way:

Father, I come boldly to Your throne in Jesus’ name for mercy and grace. I worship You and thank You for (my child). In Your sovereign power and love, You loaned (our child) to us to enjoy for a season. I put into Your hands, where there is only safety. Thank You for Your direction in their life that has led them to this new place in Your purposes.

You are Lord of heaven and earth, King of kings, Most High God. You are the Commander of the armies of heaven, and You are by (my child’s) side. Your Word says that they have mighty angels accompanying them, fighting those who fight against them (Ps. 34:7, 35:5-6, 91:11-13). Thank You for protecting (my child) by appointing angels around them at all times to guard them in Your perfect peace, righteousness, and purposes. Your shield of victory and safety in the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ defends them everywhere they go. Provide for them a place of invisibility and immunity to spiritual attack under the shelter of Your almighty wings.

In Jesus’ name, I bind all works of the adversary that would try to claim ground as they move out into the world on their own. Protect their life from all allegiance or service to false gods, unclean spirits, or bondages of other people. Satan has no legal claim on this precious blood-bought child of God. All jurisdiction around their life is sealed by a hedge of the blood of the Lamb.

Lord Jesus, You have all authority in heaven and on earth, and on the basis of their position as a joint-heir with Christ, put the cross between them and all evil spirits that would try to invade, infiltrate, harass, or ensnare them. Lead them to refuse all works of the kingdom of darkness.

Bind them to the knowledge of the truth and righteousness that will not let them fall into the devil’s trap. His malicious intention is to take them captive to do his will. Preserve them unbound and unharmed by evil. I dedicate (my child) to please and serve You and do Your will in this new place. Jesus in us is greater than the spirit of the world.

Heavenly Father, thank You for a place for (my child) to live (work, go to school, etc). I claim it as a place of spiritual safety and protection. Cleanse their place (apartment, room, etc.) by the blood of the worthy Lamb of God. Clean out every evil spirit that wants to claim ground there. In Jesus’ holy name, I renounce all evil words and works and refer them to the cross of Jesus. Jesus has given us power over all the power of the enemy. The Lord has all authority there.

Establish the character of Jesus Christ in (my child). Make them sensitive to the Holy Spirit with quick conviction of sin and godly sorrow to repentance. Make (my child) strong in You and courageous, not having a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound, disciplined mind. May they know that they can do all things through You who gives them strength. Form in them integrity, great wisdom, and keen discernment. Call (my child) up higher to be a man or woman of God, mighty in Your spirit.

Set a watch over their heart and mouth by Your mighty power. By the same Spirit who inspired Daniel to purpose in his heart not to defile his body, send them peers and friends who will also not bow down to the gods of pleasure and defilements of this age. Strengthen them not to compromise with the world, the flesh, or the devil. Shield them from mockery and ridicule. Draw them to Yourself to trust You, serve You only, and set their life apart to You. May they not be people-pleasers, but seek to please You.

Lord, I pray all this on the basis of Your Word, which strongly promises, “I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand… Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you’ ” (Isa. 41:9-13).

Your kingdom come, Your will be done, in (my child’s) life today as You purpose it in heaven. I plead Your mighty name above all names, Amen.


Taken from Prayer Essentials For Living In His Presence, Vol. 2, p. 159-160, © 2000 by Sylvia Gunter.

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