6 Scriptures To Pray Over Your Rebellious Child

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A rebellious child can cause us to have a heavy heart, while also sending us to our knees often. That can actually turn out to be a good thing, especially if you find Scriptures to pray over your rebellious child!

God’s Word is so powerful, and when we claim those promises for our kids and pray them back to God, we are bringing His power right into their lives. His Word will work and bring conviction in a way that our words will never do.

Rebellious Boy

If you are concerned about a child who is just starting to show some small signs of rebellion, or if you have a child who is openly rebellious to your authority, don’t despair! Realize that you can’t change their heart, but God and His Word can.

The two most important things you can do for your rebellious child are:

1. Start praying for that child regularly.

Work as though it all depends on You, but pray as though it all depends on God! Go to war on behalf of that child, and fight the enemy with the powerful weapon of God’s Word.

If you want to get serious about praying for your child, I’d love for you to join my 30 Day challenge:  Praying Biblical Virtues For Your Children. 

2. Work diligently to win the heart of that child.

Having their heart means having influence with them. As parents, WE want to be the ones who are influencing them, and pouring valuable truths into that God has shown us.

Here are 6 Scriptures to pray over your rebellious child:

  1. God will complete the work that He began in your child’s heart!


2. If God can change the heart of a king, He can change the heart of your child.

Proverbs 21:1

3. All your children will be taught of the Lord, and He promises them great peace.


4. Our hope isn’t in our efforts, but in the Lord Who hears when we call.


5. As you continue in prayer, you can rejoice in the hope that God  will hear and answer.


6. When you live righteously, God promises to deliver your children.


What verses would you add to this list? As you read your Bible, claim Scriptures for that child. Write them down and pray in faith. God’s Word won’t return unto Him void, so you can rest in hope as you pray!

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We will look at five ways you can inadvertently instill a rebellious spirit in your child’s heart, and Biblical answers will be given as to how to deal with early rebellion. A daily email will be sent for 5 consecutive days. If you don’t see them, check your Spam folder.

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35 Responses

  1. Proverbs 21:23
    23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.

    This scripture can be for an adult or a child. I wanted to share this scripture and be blessed!!!

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  5. Hi. Please pray for my daughter. She is defiant, never listens to me. Please Pray to remove all the evil power from her life.

  6. I need prayer for my son, he’s 13 get angry so fast doesn’t have respect for the elders. He don’t want to hear anything about God. He fight everyone at home. Just stressful.

  7. I’ll be praying for him, and for you to have wisdom!

  8. Need prsy for grsnddon his behavior snd disrespect towards me since his grandfather my husband pass he act up in school i need pray for him. Jihad gladney. Grandmother d king

  9. So sorry to hear that Brenda!! I will be praying for her, and that you’ll have wisdom also. Keep praying! If God can change the heart of a king, He can change the heart of your grand-daughter.

  10. I need some serious help praying for my 17 year old grand-daughter. Has been sneaking around seeing a boy that is bad news. She has been warned about her rebellion and not to see this boy. She has changed into a different person saying no one loves her but this boy. My heart is torn. If she doesn’t change her thoughts the juvenile officer will be sending her away. I don’t want this. I have prayed for God to intervine but not seeing any changes. I commanded Satan to take his hands off of her. Please, please pray.

  11. Isaiah 49:25 says God will contend with him who contends with you and He will save your children. Isaiah 55:11 says His word will not return unto Him void but it will accomplish that which He pleases and prosper in the thing whereto He sent it. 1 John 5:14-15 says that if we ask anything according to His will He hears us and that if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions we’ve asked of Him. It is His will that your grandchild be saved, as stated in 1 Timothy 3:3-4, He wills to have all to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. Pray these scriptures over your grandchild and stand on His promises. We walk by faith and not by sight. Keep praying, keep loving and keep standing on His promises.

  12. My grand daughter has choose to live the homosexual life style.she was raised in church and know God. Give me scripture s to pray over her.

  13. Navie, my heart aches for you! I can only imagine how hard that must be. Pray for him regularly, and try to affirm him letting you know you really love him (but no the behavior). Work to restore the relationship and win his heart. Trust God to work in his heart, and bring him back — never give up!

  14. My son is 22 and I’m living in fear for he is very angry and rebellious. Almost every worth out his mouth is fwol language. No respect for me and my husband. My heart is completely broken this is not the son I raised. Please help me.

  15. Hi Gwen! I’m sorry to hear that about your grandson. Don’t give up hope, don’t quit loving him, and above all don’t quit praying for him. God can do what we CANNOT do!

  16. My 13 years old grandson is being rebellious

    We have prayed read scriptures counseling but he just doesn’t want to change

  17. Aww, that has to be so hard for you AND her! Praying that God will give you strength and peace, and bring healing to her!

  18. My 18 year old daughter is very problematic and she also has bipolar/schizo-affective, right now she is in a resident for mental ill people and I am just dying inside because of what she is going through

  19. Aww, I love hearing that!! Scripture prayers are powerful, and do bring change! I love that it has encouraged and empowered him also!

  20. I’ve been praying over him daily. I can see he’s changing. I’ve been staying on him about his behavior at school and now he tells me that he’s going to have a great day.

  21. You’re welcome – glad they encouraged you! Keep praying and trusting!

  22. Thank you so much for these wonderful Bible verses you’ve shared. When we trust all to God, the heaviness of my heart for my 17 year old brother fades. I know God has a plan for all of us. I put my trust in Him knowing that He is always in control. God bless us all!

  23. Hi Patsy! I’m so sorry you’re having trouble with your 7 year old. The good thing is that he WANTS to do right, but immaturity causes him to be impulsive. Work on his character – like self-control, and keep encouraging and loving him!

  24. Thank you so much. I am having a difficult time with my 7 year old at home and school. He had yet to have a good year in school and he’s only in second grade. He wants to do right , but he doesn’t think before he acts. Thank you so much for sharing

  25. You’re so welcome! Keep trusting, believing, and praying. Praying Scripture is powerful, as God’s Word has more power than our words have, and His Word won’t return onto Him void. If God can change the heart of a king, He can change the heart of your son!

  26. Thank you so much for this beautiful post. This is an answer to prayer. I am believing God to work a miracle in the heart of my 8 year old son who is displaying disobedience and disrespect at home and school. My heart is so heavy, because this is not how we are raising him, and I want him to turn his heart to the Lord before his teen years. Thank you again for your prayers. I know God is faithful. Amen.


  28. So glad to hear that! Keep praying.

  29. I love it. You have solved my challenge. God is faithful. Your verses coincide with my. Praise to God.

  30. You’re welcome! Never give up, and keep praying!

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