Verse: “The Lord said: ‘These people approach me with their speeches to honor me with lip-service— yet their hearts are far from me, and human rules direct their worship of me…” (Isaiah 29:13).
Prayer: May (your son’s name) honor God with his whole heart, and not just his lips.
Verse: “Someone came and reported to them, ‘Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple and teaching the people.’ Then the commander went with the servants and brought them in without force, because they were afraid the people might stone them. After they brought them in, they had them stand before the Sanhedrin, and the high priest asked, ‘Didn’t we strictly order you not to teach in this name? Look, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and are determined to make us guilty of this man’s blood.’ Peter and the apostles replied, ‘We must obey God rather than people’” (Acts 5:25-29).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) obey God rather than man.”
Verse: “Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) not be afraid or dismayed, but strong and courageous, for the Lord his God is with him wherever he goes.”
Verse: “Don’t let anyone despise your youth, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) be an example to believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”
Verse: “I am teaching you the way of wisdom; I am guiding you on straight paths” (Proverbs 4:11).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) listen to wisdom and allow himself to be guided on straight paths.”
Verse: “Some take pride in chariots, and others in horses, but we take pride in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) take his greatest pride in serving and honoring the name of the Lord his God.”
Verse: “Honor everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the emperor” (1 Peter 2:17).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) honor everyone, love his brothers and sisters, fear God, and honor those in authority over him.”
Verse: “Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) have love that comes from a pure heart and good conscience and a sincere faith.”
A Servant’s Heart
Verse: “Serve with a good attitude, as to the Lord and not to people, knowing that whatever good each one does, slave or free, he will receive this back from the Lord” (Ephesians 6:7-8).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) serve wholeheartedly, as if he were serving You, Lord, and not men” (Ephesians 6:7).
Verse: “If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).
Prayer: “May (your son’s name) confess with his mouth that Jesus is Lord, and believe in his heart that God raised Him from the dead, and be saved.”
Adapted from Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most, by Brooke McGlothlin. All Scripture verses are taken from the Christian Standard Bible.
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