Keep them from the powers of evil,
From the secret, hidden peril,
From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand, pluck them.
From the worldling’s hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Holy Father, save our children.
Through life’s troubled waters steer them,
Through life’s bitter battle cheer them,
Father, Father, be Thou near them.
Read the language of our longing,
Read the wordless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.
And wherever they may bide,
Lead them Home at eventide.~ Amy Carmichael
Lord, we pray for our children who are not yet married. We pray that, if it is your will, you would give them a God-fearing spouse. Protect that boy or girl, man or woman wherever they are right now. Teach them Your ways, Lord, so that they grow in maturity and strength. Prepare their hearts, minds and emotions to marry. Keep them pure, Lord, in every area of their life.
Lord, as we raise our children or guide our grown children, may we have words and wisdom for them as they wait on You for Your will in marriage.
Give us the strength to live out a glorious vision of marriage before them even if we are in less than glorious marriages. Even if we are single may we so honor and esteem the marriage covenant before our children that they would desire to have a strong Christian marriage.
Help us to teach and exhort them to live differently in a world that values hedonism. Give our young people moral strength and character to live honorably in a dishonorable world in a way that would bring glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ.
We pray these things in the name of Jesus,