A teenager walks awkwardly along the fringe, trying to keep in step with a group of wayward peers. Weeks pass, and his awkwardness disappears. He stands in the way of sinners. Soon, he’ll sit in the company of mockers, revered by yet another teen who is desperate to belong.
Today we pray for our grandchildren who are either teenagers or preteens. Protect them from any pitfalls, which await them. Pitfalls, which are called identity-crisis, self-worth and peer pressure. Pitfalls, which persuade them to challenge and rebel against their parents and the values they’ve been taught.
We pray that they choose their friends carefully, for “bad company corrupts good character” (I Corinthians 15:33). Let them “flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).
For “blessed is the one who does NOT walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers” (Psalm 1:1).
Let our grandchildren’s identity and self-worth come not from their friends but from You.
In Christ’s Name, we pray.