Prayers For Parents
A parent is a caregiver of the offspring in their own species. In humans, a parent is the caretaker of a child (where “child” refers to offspring, not necessarily age). A biological parent is a person whose gamete resulted in a child, a male through the sperm, and a female through the ovum. Biological parents are first-degree relatives and have 50% genetic meet. A female can also become a parent through surrogacy. Some parents may be adoptive parents, who nurture and raise an offspring, but are not biologically related to the child. Orphans without adoptive parents can be raised by their grandparents or other family members.
We have collected some of the best Prayers For Parents to use in request to God. May these prayers for safety bring you comfort and peace of mind. May these prayers for strength encourage your spirit and strengthen your faith.
Pray for God’s help honoring your parents even when their behavior or words toward you are frustrating. Remember that they’re dealing with the many stresses that come with aging. Choose to forgive your parents for ways they’ve hurt or offended you in the past, since God has forgiven your own sins. Ask God to help you heal from unresolved wounds from your past relationship with them. Don’t talk down to your parents or lash out at them in anger. Aim to protect their dignity.
God Cares for You While You Care for Your Aging Parents
Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”-before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars grow dark, and the clouds return after the rain; when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men stoop, when the grinders cease because they are few, and those looking through the windows grow dim.Ecclesiastes 12:1-3
A Blessing of our parents
Lord God almighty,
bless our parents with long life, happiness, and health.
May they remain constant in your love
and be living signs of your presence
to their children and grandchildren.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Parents #1
Dear Heavenly Father, parents are a precious gift from You. Thank you for allowing me the joy of having my parents for many decades, that I might enjoy them and learn from them. I pray that you would help them to continue growing in grace and in their relationship with You until the very end of their time here on earth. Please grant me wisdom and strength to care for them in a way that honors them, and honors You. It’s in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ, that I pray. Amen.
Prayer for Parents #2
O merciful Lord God, Thou hast commanded and enjoined me to honor my father and mother, and Thou Thyself hast shown even until death humble obedience to Thy Father. From the depth of my soul I fervently beseech Thee, O gracious Jesus Christ, my God, hear my prayer and have mercy upon my parents, who have given birth to me and are bringing me up in Thy grace and love. Protect them from all evil, harm and sickness; grant them health, and mercifully pour forth Thy bountiful blessings upon them. Bless their efforts and deeds; have mercy on them according to Thy great mercy, that faithfully serving Thee, through them I also may be worthy to praise and serve Thee. Amen.
Prayer for Parents #3
Our Father, Who art in heaven, bless my father and mother, my guardians, and those who are in authority over me, for their love and tender care for me, and the benefits I receive at their hands. Help me, I pray Thee, to be respectful and obedient to them in all matters according to Thy will; and give me Thy grace to perform all my duties carefully and faithfully, to avoid undesirable company and influence, and resist all temptation that may come my way; that I may live a sober, righteous and godly life, ever praising Thee and glorifying Thy Holy Name. Amen.
Prayer for Parents #4
O Almighty God, you gave us the commandment to honour our father and mother. In your loving kindness hear my prayer for my parents. Give them long lives and keep them well in body and spirit. Bless their labours; keep them always in your care. Bless them generously for their loving care for me. Grant that, through your grace, I may always be their support and comfort, and that, after our life together on earth, we may experience the joy together praising you forever.
Prayer for Parents #5
You are the giver of all we possess,
the source of all of our blessings.
We thank and praise you.
Thank you for the gift of our children.
Help us to set boundaries for them,
and yet encourage them to explore.
Give us the strength and courage to treat
each day as a fresh start.
May our children come to know you, the one true God,
and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
May your Holy Spirit help them to grow
in faith, hope, and love,
so they may know peace, truth, and goodness.
May their ears hear your voice.
May their eyes see your presence in all things.
May their lips proclaim your word.
May their hearts be your dwelling place.
May their hands do works of charity.
May their feet walk in the way of Jesus Christ,
your Son and our Lord.
A Prayer for Your Aging Parent #1
“The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” (Psalm 92:12-15)
— By — by Dawn Wilson
A Prayer for Your Aging Parent #2
I pray for your continuing PROVIDENCE in my parent’s life.
I am grateful my parent trusted in You long ago, but I know there are many parents and elderly loved ones who still do not know you, Lord, and I ask you to woo them to Yourself and bring about their salvation and transformation (Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 3:9).
I pray You will bring to my loved one’s remembrance all the ways You have been their hope and help—in many cases since childhood (Psalm 62:5; 71:5; 121:2).
I thank you for all the ways You used my parent to shape my young life. What a precious gift! My parent guided me in practical ways and showed me how to trust You. Although my parent was not perfect, I sensed the desire to mold me into a good person, and I’m thankful I was encouraged to become a Christ-follower.
And now the roles are reversed. I have the privilege to help and serve, and remind my loved one of Your tender, shepherding care. Give me patience, wisdom and an understanding heart. Help me continue to show respect and appreciation, and to value who You, in Your Providence, created my loved one to be (Exodus 20:12)
Ultimately, I know Your care for my parent is beyond anything I can offer, for every good gift comes from You (James 1:17).
— by Dawn Wilson
Children’s Prayer For Parents
Dear Lord! Fill our parents with Thy choicest blessings;
enrich their souls with Thy holy grace;
grant that they may faithfully
and constantly guard that likeness to Thy union with Thy Church,
which Thou didst imprint upon them on their wedding day.
Fill them with Thy spirit of holy fear,
which is the beginning of wisdom;
inspire them to impart it to their children.
May they ever walk in the way of Thy commandments,
and may we their children be their joy on earth
and their crown of glory in heaven.
Finally, Lord God, grant that both our father and mother
may attain to extreme old age
and enjoy continuous health in mind and body.
May they give Thee abundant thanks
because Thou bast bestowed upon them the great gift of parenthood. Amen.
— Catholic Family Handbook, The by Rev. George A. Kelly
Prayer for my parent’s PROTECTION
I pray my parent will keep on leaning on You, the Rock of strength and righteousness (Psalm 71:3a; 73:26; 92:12-15). Spread your protection over my parent, because You are the ultimate Refuge (Psalm 5:11; 46:1).
I ask you to protect my parent from the evil one, and show the way out in moments of temptation (2 Thessalonians 3:3; 1 Corinthians 10:13). May wisdom, discretion and understanding protect and guide every day (Proverbs 4:6; 2:11; 138:7).
I pray my parent will be courageous, confident in Your presence, help and deliverance (Psalm 121:1-8; Deuteronomy 31:6; Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 34:19; Psalm 91).
I pray for PROVISION—that you will meet my loved one’s needs.
Show me how to meet my parent’s needs in ways that will please You, Lord. Equip me to be a good steward in my loved one’s care (1 Timothy 4:5; 5:1-2).
There is much I can do, but You are the Great Provider. Thank you for your willingness to supply my parent’s needs for Your glory and my loved one’s joy (Romans 8:32; Matthew 6:31-32; 7:11; Philippians 4:19; John 14:13-14; 16:23-24). I pray my parent will be made holy through Your grace and receive Your good favor (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; Psalm 84:11)
I pray for POWER, your strength in my parent’s weakness.
As strength declines, I pray for a greater sense of Your presence and power (Psalm 71:9, 18a). You are mighty, Father, and our strength is in You alone (Ephesians 6:10).
In times of need, help my parent lean on your sufficiency and everlasting arms (2 Corinthians 9:8; Deuteronomy 33:27); and when life feels so impossible, remind my loved one that nothing is impossible with You (Matthew 19:26).
— by Dawn Wilson
Prayer for Strength in Caring for Elderly Parents
Lord, when we are infants, you partner with our parents in loving and caring for us. My parent(s) is (are) now elderly and infirmed and I ask that you partner with me in giving (her, him, them) the same tender loving care. Give me the strength to be fully present for my (mother, father, parents) and lovingly tend to (her, his, their) needs and the wisdom to take time out to tend to my physical, emotional and spiritual needs as I care for (her, him, them). Amen.
Prayer for PEACE in my parent’s aging years
I ask You to give my parent a trusting and thankful heart, especially as days grow more difficult (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Help my aging parent take every disappointment to You. Preserve from any bitterness or spirit of discontent (Psalm 25:21).
I pray the Holy Spirit will teach and comfort, guide and calm (John 16:13; 2 Corinthians 1:4), and that my parent will not become discouraged in aging.
— by Dawn Wilson
Entrusting us with the Gift of Family
O Lord, Heavenly Father, You have blessed us with the gift of family and have entrusted us with their spiritual upbringing. You commanded that we should teach our children about You in our lives: when we sit in our house, when we walk by the way, when we lie down and when we rise. Guide us O Lord every moment of the day as we work toward this awesome task.
Let the words of Christ dwell in us, so that we may teach and guide our family, through our words and deeds, to the saving knowledge of Your everlasting kingdom. Help us, O Lord, be compassionate, kind, and patient throughout our days. If one of us has a complaint against another, help us to forgive each other; as You have forgiven us. Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Above all, help us to remember to put on love which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
We thank You, Lord for the many blessings and mercies You continually bestow on us. In everything we do, in word or deed, may we always do so in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through His Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayer For Parents Health
Gracious Father, You lovingly care for us and supply our needs. You are our strength and in You alone, we find our true inward peace and happiness. As my parents struggle with their aging bodies, please lovingly care for their health and grant them enough strength to meet their physical challenges. Let Your peace and happiness be upon them, keeping their minds and hearts undisturbed and calm, sustaining their lives and health. Amen.
Prayer for continuing PURPOSE in my parent’s life
I ask you to help my parent flourish—“like the palm tree… bearing fruit in their old age”—with an eternal perspective (Psalm 92:12-15). Work in my loved one’s life for Your glory (2 Corinthians 4:16). Open appropriate opportunities for ministry and influence.
Help my parent live as a holy and faithful role model, Father, for as long as you allow (Titus 2:2-5). I pray my parent, from a wealth of experience, will share important life lessons You still want me to learn.
Fill my parent’s mouth with Your praise, and a desire to worship and bring You glory from a testimony strong and true (Psalm 71:8).
Thank you for the many ways parents can influence children and grandchildren for good. I pray my loved one will, by word and deed, proclaim Your power and care to this generation (Psalm 71:18b).
Father, I thank you for Jesus, who makes possible our God-honoring transition from this world to everlasting glory. As I pray these things for my parent, I pray them for myself as well. I pray we all will someday hear Your “well done.” Amen!
— by Dawn Wilson
Things to Pray for Parents
Lord, teach parents during this time to be joyful in hope and patient in tribulation. Help them to continue steadfastly in prayer, even when it seems life is getting more complicated, not less. As you are patient with us, Father, help parents to be patient with their families. Let mothers and fathers be swift to hear, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. (Romans 12:12, James 1:19).
Father, we pray that right now parents be steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work you have given them, knowing that their labor is not in vain. We pray that parents would be strengthened to run this race with endurance, looking to Jesus who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross for us. Remind parents that Jesus Himself is the joy set before all believers. We grow weary, but you do not; show us what it looks like to wait on you. (1 Cor 15:58, Hebrews 12:1-3, Isaiah 40:28-31).
Wisdom and Discernment
Your word promises that if we need wisdom, we just ask for it and you will give it. Right now parents need wisdom in every part of life — from dealing with small conflicts at home to making major decisions for their family’s well-being. We know that wisdom starts with fearing you; we know that wisdom is precious above anything else; and we know that wisdom comes from you alone. Please give parents the spirit of wisdom to guide them in these days. (James 1:5, Proverbs 1:7, 3:13, Ephesians 1:16).
Trust and Faith
Father, as much as anything, right now parents need to trust you with all their hearts — not leaning on their own understanding, but rather acknowledging you in all their ways. In their fear, in their weakness, in their frustration, help parents to cry out to you, “Lord, I believe! Help my unbelief!” You are infinitely worthy of our complete and total trust. (Proverbs 3:5-6, Mark 9:24).
Along with trusting you, Father, comes peace. Help parents to keep their minds and hearts fixed on you, because it is your will that they have your perfect peace. This world sure won’t give us peace, but you have given us the peace of Jesus, so our hearts don’t need to be troubled or afraid. (Isaiah 26:3, John 14:27).
Marriage/ Single Parents
Lord, this is a challenging time for marriages. We pray that husbands and wives will be completely humble and gentle with each other, patient with one another and bearing with each other in love. We pray that above all they would keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins and binds husbands and wives together in perfect unity (Ephesians 4:2-3, 1 Peter 4: 8, Colossians 3:14). This time is no less a challenge for single parents. We pray that single parents be strong and courageous, firmly convinced that you will never leave them nor forsake them. Help them rest, knowing that their family has your special protection and care, and that you have given them absolutely everything they need for life and godliness. (Joshua 1: 5-6, Psalm 68:5, Peter 1:3).
Jesus, you made us with spirits and souls and bodies. During this busy time of caring for our families, we pray that you would help parents to find time to receive refreshment from you. You have such compassion for weary, hungry people. Lead parents beside still waters; restore their souls. (1 Kings 19:7, Mark 15:32, Psalm 23:3).
Creativity — Jesus, you spoke the world into being, and you created us in your image, so we too are creative beings. But right now parents feel more desperate than creative when it comes to spending time with their families, or solving the problems this pandemic has caused us. Help parents to hear the voice of the spirit saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” (John 1; Genesis 1:27, Isaiah 30:21).
Father, we pray that all parents who are weary and heavy laden with all the burdens of this present time would come to you and find rest for their souls. We pray that parents would leave aside all worrying and striving and anxiety. Teach us to be still and wait on you. We pray, Lord, that we would all enter into the rest you have for us in Christ Jesus. Parents do not have to justify themselves by responding well to this pandemic– whatever that even means– but can take comfort in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf. (Matthew 11:28-30, Psalm 46:10, Hebrews 4: 9)
Father, in this precarious and unpredictable season, parents need to know what your grace is sufficient for them. Jesus made a way for parents to approach your throne of grace with confidence, to receive the grace and mercy we all so desperately need. As you have lavished your grace upon us, Lord, we pray that parents would show that grace to everyone around them — and especially to themselves. (2 Cor. 12:9, Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 1:8).