I’m convinced that one of the best things youth ministers can do is to pray for their youth. In fact, in my 10 years of church-based youth ministry, when people asked me how they could help the youth ministry, the first answer I always gave was: please pray for our young people.
God has given youth workers influence over the teenagers in their midst, but God changes hearts and reaches people before any of us ever do.
One of the best ways I have found to do this is to pray particular Scriptures over students. With some help from the mom of one of my small group guys some time ago, here is a compilation of Bible passages that can help direct our praying for youth and their families. To use these prayers in a public worship setting, simply substitute the youth’s name into the passage of Scripture.