Prayer For Child With Bad Behavior


As a mother I can attest to the embarrassment and frustration of an unruly child in public.

Children seem to have a knack for misbehaving at the worst times.

Long lines at a checkout in a store have you frazzled?

Add to that with a cranky, whiny child throwing a temper tantrum because you didn’t buy them that toy they wanted.

Fast forward to their teens, and that behavior can manifest into rebellion that can get way out of hand!

Humans have an innate nature to sin because of the first act of disobedience with Adam and Eve.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23

 

God sees your frustration and knows your struggle. How many of us think to take our child’s behavioral issues to God in prayer? 

If you are struggling with a hard-to-manage child, God will equip you with the strength to tackle things and get past the behavior!


1. Prayer For Child With Bad Behavior

Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for the blessing of parenthood and the joy that comes with having children. We are grateful for growth and learning that comes with Godly discipline and teachings.

Forgive us, Lord, when we are frazzled and feel like giving up from bad behavior in our children. Sometimes we reach the end of our ropes and our anger, and lack of patience rears their ugly heads in sinful ways. Father, when satan tries to rob our relationship with our children through unruly behavior or rebellion, equip us to step in immediately with a firm yet loving hand. Enable and guide us to discipline our children according to your teachings.

I pray that you would help us to look past the behavior and see the reason or cause for it. Reveal to us if there is something that we can improve or do better as their parent. 

We trust in you Father to bring about a change in our child and that you would give them a tender and calm spirit. Help them to thrive despite their conduct. Please plant self-control within them that can overcome the temptation to act out. 

Please place Godly influences in their lives and allow them to be a Godly influence to those around them as well.

Please bathe our child’s heart, body, and mind in your soothing peace. Help them to react and act in a way that is accepting and non-irritating to others around. Forgive them when they do act up and help them to have the strength to resist the urge or desire to disobey or misbehave.

Forgive me, Father, when I give in to the bad behavior to keep things from escalating. I know this only teaches my child that the behavior is ok. Give me the power to handle the situation at the very moment it happens. 

I pray for your hand of protection upon my child’s heart and mind and that you will bring us closer together as a family. May we grow in our walk with you and glorify you in all that we do.

I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.

2. Prayer For Child With Bad Behavior

“Whoever spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is diligent to discipline him.” Proverbs 13:24

Lord,

Please help me to be the parent that you designed me to be.

Help me to discipline and raise my child in a way that glorifies you.

I pray that you would wash over him/her with your peace, that you would fill their heart and mind with joy and the desire to be a child that is behaved and respectful.

And Lord, please give me patience and wisdom.

For I pray this in your heavenly name - Amen.

3. Prayer for a Child with Bad Behavior

Lord, you gave this child to our family and we thank you. I know you always watch over the life of our child [Name] and have promised that nothing will harm him/her. [Name] is behaving in an unpleasant way to others at home and in school.

Show us the root cause of his/her bad behavior so we can address it in prayer and have a hearty conversation with him/her. As parents, help us not to be harsh with him/her but to address their behavior with maturity and calmness. Give us the wisdom to train up this child in your ways so he/she will not depart from them (Proverbs 22:6).

Help our child to behave in a godly way and to be a good influence to others.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer for a Rebellious Child

Lord, you are the giver of children. I thank you for the child you gave me and the opportunity to become a parent. Today I bring this child [Name] to you and ask for help with their rebellious behavior.  

I did not always teach him/her the godly way to behave and I repent. Show me how to deal with their rebellion which you consider as the sin of witchcraft (1 Samuel 15:23).

Give my child an obedient heart and convict them of wrongdoing. Help me understand the root cause of their rebellion so I will know how to pray and deal with it.   

Help my child deal with the cause of their anger and frustration without taking it out on other family members and friends.  

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Prayer for a Rude Child

Lord, thank you for the life of my child [Name]. Your word in Proverbs 20:11 says people know a child by his deeds and others know mine for rude behavior. This is causing me shame and disgrace. Show me the cause of his/her rude behavior.

Help [Name] with what they are struggling with and heal their heart. Let his/her heart overflow with good things so that good will come out of his/her mouth. Season my child’s speech with grace to only speak kind words to others.  

Give me the patience I need as I help him/her become a better child. Grant me an insight into the cause of bad behavior in this child so I will address the right problem. Thank you for your help.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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