5 Things to Pray for Your Parents

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


Praying that God Will Save My Parents

Father, you are the God who saves. Please help my parents to…

Know God’s love 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). 

God’s love toward our parents is deep, steadfast, and pure. Our own love for them pales in comparison. Pray that your mom and dad would look at Christ’s sacrifice and know how much God loves them. Thank him for loving you with this same love too. 

Believe in Jesus 

“... that whoever believes in him…” (John 3:16). 

Do your parents believe in Jesus Christ for their salvation? If they do, praise God for saving them from their sin. If they don’t, pray boldly in the power of the Holy Spirit and the name of Jesus that God would cause their hearts to believe. Ask God to give you opportunities and courage to share your faith with them. 

Not perish 

“... shall not perish…” (John 3:16). 

Whether we’re believers or not, we all have to face the fact that our earthly bodies will eventually perish. Pray that your parents would have a growing sense of their own mortality—causing them to soberly contemplate what comes after the grave and swiftly run to Jesus to escape the sting of eternal death. 

Have eternal life 

“... but have eternal life” (John 3:16). 

Christ died for our sins so that, if we believe in him, we might live with God and enjoy him forever in heaven. Pray that your parents would take hold of this promise and allow it to impact the way they live out the rest of their days on this earth as well. 

Come to the light 

“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God” (John 3:21). 

Those who live in the truth of the gospel—the good news that Jesus died for our sins—don’t need to fear the light. What things from your parents’ past or present might cause them to shrink back into the shadows? Pray that they would confidently come into the light, where sin is exposed, shame flees, and good works shine bright for God’s glory.