Praying for Your Children: A Prayer Against Anger

Part 5 of 6

Read over the following list of the most common ways a parent provokes his child to anger. Mark any specific areas of failure in your own life or in your son or daughter. Often the attitudes of children reflect those of their parents; therefore, search your own life in relation to the struggles of your child.

In regards to each failure, repent of your sin, and receive the Lord’s forgiveness. (See I John 1:9.) Ask the Lord for grace and power to forsake your sin and to walk in newness of life. Pray that the Lord would limit the damaging effects of your failures on your children, and where you see failures in their lives, pray for conviction and grace for them to change. Open your Bible to each verse and pray out loud the associated Scripture.

  1. By modeling anger. (See Proverbs 22:24–25.)
  2. By not having marital harmony. (See Genesis 2:24 [a statement repeated four times in the Bible], Hebrews 12:15.)
  3. By consistently disciplining in anger. (See Psalm 6:1, 38:1.)
  4. By being inconsistent with discipline. (See Ecclesiastes 8:11.)
  5. By having double standards. (See Matthew 23:1–4, Philippians 4:9.)
  6. By not admitting when wrong. (See Matthew 5:23–26, Job 32:2, James 5:16.)
  7. By constantly finding fault. (See Job 32:2–3.)
  8. By reversing God-given roles. (See Ephesians 5:22–25, Genesis 3:16.)
  9. By not listening to the child’s opinion or the child’s side of the story. (See Proverbs 18:13, 17.)
  10. By comparing the child to others. (See II Corinthians 10:12.)
  11. By not taking time to talk with the child. (See Hebrews 13:16.)
  12. By not praising the child. (See II Corinthians 2:6–8, Revelation 2–3.)
  13. By failing to keep promises. (See Matthew 5:37, Colossians 3:9, Psalm 15:4.)
  14. By scolding the child in front of others. (See Matthew 18:15, John 21:15–17.)
  15. By giving too much freedom. (See Proverbs 29:15, Galatians 4:1–2.)
  16. By being too strict. (See James 3:17.)
  17. By making fun of the child. (See Job 17:1–2.)
  18. By abusing the child physically. (See I Timothy 3:3, Titus1:7, Numbers 22.)
  19. By calling names. (See Ephesians 4:29.)
  20. By having unrealistic expectations. (See I Corinthians 13:11.)

Adapted from material by Jim Logan, except where noted otherwise.

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