Prayer For A Teenage Daughter
A Prayer for My Daughter
by William Butler Yeats
Once more the storm is howling, and half hidUnder this cradle-hood and coverlidMy child sleeps on. There is no obstacleBut Gregory’s wood and one bare hillWhereby the haystack- and roof-leveling wind.Bred on the Atlantic, can be stayed;And for an hour I have walked and prayed
Because of the great gloom that is in my mind.
I have walked and prayed for this young child an hourAnd heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower,And under the arches of the bridge, and screamIn the elms above the flooded stream;Imagining in excited reverieThat the future years had come,Dancing to a frenzied drum,
the murderous innocence of the sea.
May she be granted beauty and yet notBeauty to make a stranger’s eye distraught,Or hers before a looking-glass, for such,Being made beautiful overmuch,Consider beauty a sufficient end,Lose natural kindness and maybeThe heart-revealing intimacy
That chooses right, and never find a friend.
Helen being chosen found life flat and dullAnd later had much trouble from a fool,While that great Queen, that rose the spray,Being fatherless could have her wayYet chose a bandy-legged smith for man.It’s certain that fine women eatA crazy salad with their meat
Whereby the Horn of Plenty is undone.
In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earnedBy those that are not entirely beautiful;Yet many, that have played the foolFor beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,And many a poor man that has roved,Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.
May she become a flourishing hidden treeThat all her thoughts may the linnet be,And have no business but dispensing roundTheir magnanimities of sound,Nor but in merriment begin a chase,Nor but in merriment a quarrel.O may she live some green laurel
Rooted in one dear perpetual place.My mind, because the minds that I have loved,The sort of beauty that I have approved,Prosper but little, has dried up of late,Yet knows that to be choked with hateMay well be of all evil chances chief.If there’s no hatred in a mindAssault and battery of the wind
Can never tear the linnet from the leaf.
An intellectual hatred is the worst,So let her think opinions are accursed.Have I not seen the loveliest woman born the mouth of Plenty’s horn,Because of her opinionated mindBarter that horn and every goodBy quiet natures understood
For an old bellows full of angry wind?
Considering that, all hatred driven hence,The soul recovers radical innocenceAnd learns at last that it is self-delighting,Self-appeasing, self-affrighting,And that its own sweet will is Heaven’s will;She can, though every face should scowlAnd every windy quarter howl
Or every bellows burst, be happy still.
And may her bridegroom bring her to a houseWhere all’s accustomed, ceremonious;For arrogance and hatred are the waresPeddled in the thoroughfares.How but in custom and in ceremonyAre innocence and beauty born?Ceremony’s a name for the rich horn,
And custom for the spreading laurel tree.
“A Prayer for My Daughter” is a reflection of the poet’s love for his daughter. It is also about surviving the turmoil of the contemporary world, where passions have been separated from reason. The setting of the poem is unspecified. The speaker is the poet himself talking to his daughter. The tone is gloomy, precarious, and frightening, as well as didactic.
The poem opens with a description of the speaker praying for his innocent infant daughter, Anne, lying in the middle of a storm “howling, and half hid.” The poet demonstrates his feelings through the use of symbols of weather.
The newborn baby girl is sleeping “Under this cradle-hood and coverlid,” implying the innocence and vulnerability of Anne. Though the external world is violent, she is protected from it.
The storm is a metaphor for the Irish people’s struggle for their independence, which was an uncertain political situation in Yeats’s day. He further presents the situation of the storm with “roof-leveling wind”, representing turbulence, in the midst of which the poet has “walked and prayed for this young child an hour.
” Intense and threatening forces surround her a “flooded stream.” The poet symbolizes the sea thus: “ the murderous innocence of the sea.” Despite his apprehensions for his child in this turbulent world, he is hopeful for her.
The poet continues on to comment on his hopes for her beauty:“May she be granted beauty and yet not.” His vacillation is that beauty in women sometimes brings disasters. For example, some such people have a difficult time choosing the right person as a life partner, and neither they can “find a friend.
” The speaker lays emphasis on the need for feminine innocence. The poet advances his argument in the next stanzas by citing examples of beautiful women such as Helen of Troy, whose beauty was said to be the cause of the Trojan War.
By the end, the poet wants his daughter to be courteous, as love cannot come unconditionally and freely. She must earn love with good efforts and kind-heartedness, and she cannot win it by merely physical beauty because “Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earned.
” Summing up his theme, the poet wishes his daughter to possess such qualities that could help her face the future years confidently and independently.
The poem is written in a lyric form containing ten stanzas with eight lines in each stanza. The poem follows a regular rhyme scheme, which is AABBCDDC as shown below:
I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour A
And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower, A
And-under the arches of the bridge, and scream B
In the elms above the flooded stream; B
Imagining in excited reverie C
That the future years had come, D
Dancing to a frenzied drum, D
the murderous innocence of the sea. C
The meter of this poem alternates between iambic pentameter and trochaic pentameter, as in “I have walked and prayed for this young child an hour / And heard the sea-wind scream upon the tower.” The poem is rich in literary devices such as symbolism, personification, paradox, sibilance, assonance, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. The line “murderous innocence of the sea” is an example of paradox. Sibilance is found in the words “sea-wind scream,” while “scream” is also an example of an onomatopoeia. The use of personification can be noted in the lines “future years … dancing”, which implies the transience of life. The poet uses symbols such as “sea wind” and “flooded stream” which denote turbulent forces at work. Alliteration is present in the phrase “be granted beauty.”
Guidance for Usage of Quotes
The poem is concerned with the chaotic modern world. It shows a father consumed with apprehension for his daughter’s future in an uncertain political situation.
The father is tense about how he can possibly protect his daughter from the raging storm outside, because she is very beautiful. Therefore, he prays for her as well as gives advice about how to live successfully on earth.
Similarly, modern-day fathers can send quotes from this poem to their daughters as a piece of advice for special occasions:
“In courtesy I’d have her chiefly learned;Hearts are not had as a gift but hearts are earnedBy those that are not entirely beautiful;Yet many, that have played the foolFor beauty’s very self, has charm made wise,And many a poor man that has roved,Loved and thought himself beloved,
From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.”
Prayer For Teenage Son or Daughter
Home Devotion Prayer For Teenage Son or Daughter
I would sincerely hope that you don’t need to be sold on the importance of prayer for teenage son or daughter. In case you need that, here’s our pitch.
The teenage years tend to be some of the most difficult years for both parent and child. Parents are beginning to see a side of their child that they may never have thought existed.
The child is beginning to come into their own. For some children, this may be going as expected or at least hoped for. These are tough times, and formative ones at that. We are talking increased hormonal activity, more dangerous forms of peer pressure and so on.
This is the season in which children can be damaged in ways that may be irreparable. Perhaps you are reading this because you are already standing on shaky ground. Our God is a mighty warrior. He is a redeemer!
We are trusting him to direct that which is yet to be directed. May he cause those that are veering the right path to be pulled back onto it. I don’t know whom you are praying for. God’s hand will be seen in this!
Train A Child
Proverbs 22:6New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Train up a child in the way he should go,
[a]And when he is old he will not depart from it.
The bible teaches us that if we train our children in the way that they should go, they will not depart from these ways. Perhaps you are in a place where you feel as though you have trained this child, yet they seem to be departing from these ways.
We know that King David, a man whom God described as “after his own heart” raised sons who lost their way. He had sons who went against his will, and one who was the wisest fool to ever live. He would have wondered as you may now be, “Lord where did I go wrong?”
Where I have failed?
Dear Heavenly Father, you said to train a child in the way that they should go. I believe I have done so. Yet I am seeing my child depart from these ways. Lord, where have I failed? I pray that you would redeem my failure with this child. Where I may have failed to get through to them, Lord please train my child for me. Show him/her your says that he/she may not depart from them.
I know other factors may have come into play. My prayer is that you would intervene is set my child back on the right path. In the mighty name of Jesus! Amen
Keep My Child On the Right Path
Dear God, wherever I have done well, and my child is walking on the right path. I pray that you would keep them on that path. Show them the virtue of perseverance. Open their eyes to see the pitfalls of choosing alternative ways. May they not be consumed by their own worldly wisdom. Rather, I pray that my child would seek your wisdom. In Jesus’ name! Amen
1 Peter 1:16New King James Version (NKJV)
16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”
We understand from scripture that our righteousness comes from above. That is the righteousness that is not defined by the things of this world. When we take our own righteousness to be the true righteousness, we begin to view unrighteous things as being righteous. This is why our righteousness should be found in Christ, and only through Christ.
6 But we are all an unclean thing,
And all our righteousnesses are [a]filthy rags;We all fade as a leaf,And our iniquities, the wind,
Have taken us away.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that my child would be holy as you are holy. I pray that my teenage son, my teenage daughter would find righteousness only in Christ. May they never seek it or see it anywhere else. Open their eyes to see the error of their ways. Give them a repentant heart. One that would always come and fall at the feet of the Lord. In Jesus’ name! Amen
Psalm 37:23King James Version (KJV)
23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.Dear God, as my child finds righteousness in Christ Jesus. I know that the footsteps of the righteous are ordered by you, oh Lord. I pray that you would order my child’s footsteps. Lead him/her on the paths of righteousness. Lead him/her away from paths that lead to pitfalls.
Give my child the strength, boldness and presence of mind to follow your lead at every turn. It is easy to have steps ordered but not walk in them. I pray that my child would not follow his/her own way, but find your way and walk in it, in the mighty name of Jesus! Amen.
A Royal priesthood
1 Peter 2:9New International Version (NIV)
9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you darkness into his wonderful light.
Father, I declare that my child is a chosen person, he/she is part of a royal priesthood, a holy nation. My child is God’s special possession. My child will declare the praises of the God who called him/her darkness into his wonderful light.
I pray that this truth would never be lost on him/her. Dear God, may my child never forget this truth! May their walk be one of a chosen one, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. Let everything that my child would do be holy unto you. Even at their lowest point, may their repentance be holy unto you, Lord. Amen
Trappings of Youth
The teenage years can be very treacherous. There are people who thought they would try something once and died as addicts. Potential is often stolen by the enemy at this stage. Our prayer is that God would cover our children from the trappings of youth.
These are often the first moments that our children are beginning to step out into the world without our guidance and protection. Oftentimes it is because they have begun to reject it, starting to think their own wisdom trumps experience. God forbid that your child would be lost.
Dear God I come against the spirit of addiction. I come against the spirit of ill-advised adventure. Father protect my child from the trappings of youth. I refuse that my child would fall to substance abuse. I refuse that the enemy would steal my child through the wrong peers or through sex. Cover him/her oh Lord. In Jesus’ name! Amen
Bring Back Those That have Lost their Way
20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
Lord, You are a God of redemption. May that very nature be my portion in Jesus’ name. Soften my heart to always be open to my child at all turns. Lord, we pray for the children that have already lost their way. Call them back oh Lord. Where our ways, words and our wisdom has fallen short, take over oh Lord.
I pray that my child would never be afraid of falling back into my arms. I come against the spirit of anger and bitterness. Let it never be formed in my heart, that I would fail to open my arms for my child. As in the case of the prodigal son, may my child’s eyes be open to knowing that there is always a place in my heart and in my home.
We speak against any hindrance to my child coming back to the Lord and to me. Father, may the mouths of the enemies shut! In Jesus’ name, may your voice be clearer. May your direction be even clearer. Your hand, oh Lord will be seen in this! We give you all the glory already, for you are faithful to watch over your word to perform it.
We stand in anticipation of their return oh Lord! Thank you for bringing back our children. Amen!
I would to take this moment to extend my gratitude to you for taking the time to stand for your teenage son and daughter. It is not the easiest of places to be standing. Yet, there is no better place to be making a stand than in prayer. We commend you for that. If you would our team to stand with you in prayer, please go ahead and send us a request.
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Originally posted 2019-01-29 07:50:41.
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7 Uplifting Prayers For Your Daughter
Your daughter is a precious gift from God and you want to do all that you can to protect her, encourage her, and build her confidence.
One of the greatest tools we have as a parent is prayer! The below prayers on various topics such as self worth, wisdom, purity, and protection, can help you find the words to pray over your daughter.
When you are worried and anxious about your daughter’s life and choices, you can cast your cares on Jesus and find peace knowing that He has a plan for good! Be encouraged that God moves through prayer and you can equip yourself and your daughter with wisdom.
Prayer for your Daughter’s Heart
Dear Lord, I know that Your Word does not return void and I'm believing great things for my daughter today:
1. Let her learn early in life that to obey You, God, is the best way to the life her heart truly desires (1 Samuel 15:22).
2. May she find comfort in Your ability, God, to reach her, hold her and rescue her (2 Samuel 22:17-18).
Let her find confidence in You, God, even when hard times come and she doesn't know what to do, by keeping her eyes fixed on You (2 Chronicles 20:12).
4. May she keep herself under control and not give full vent to people and situations that anger her (Proverbs 29:11).
5. Let her walk in the security of Your assigned worth to her.
Give her a strong work ethic and health to accomplish all her tasks. Give her a heart that desires to extend her hand to those in need. Protect her for the right husband, a man of respect and godly honor. And let her be a woman of joy and laughter whose Christ-centered character is what makes her most beautiful (Proverbs 31). May we both grow in our relationship with You.
In Jesus' Name, Amen.
~ Lysa TerKeurst
Prayer for a Struggling Daughter
Create in _________________ a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within her (Psalm 51:10). Though you have made ______________ see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore her life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring her up.
You will increase ________________'s honor and comfort her once again (Psalm 71:20-21).
Thank You that Your word says I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate ___________ from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
~ Cindi McMenamin
Prayer for Our Daughter’s Self-Worth and Purity
Dear Jesus, we weep with you over the number of our kids who are buying into the lie that sexual pleasure is something to experiment with.
We pray that our daughters would treasure their sexuality as a true gift from You, and that they would honor that gift by saving it as a precious treasure to give their future spouse.
We ask that you would help them to be strong in the face of their own desires and that they would choose purity in the face of temptation.Lord we also ask that you’d protect our daughters from the idea that they must do anything and everything (including abusing their bodies through eating disorders, drug abuse, or other harmful behaviors) in order to attaining a “preferred” shape or figure.
We pray you’d protect our sons from that kind of destructive thinking, and that if they’re tempted to take these kind of drastic measures, that you’d send someone in their lives to stop them.
Help them to remember over and over that their identity is not in how they look on the outside but what you see as their potential and worth on the inside.
We pray that our daughters would treasure their health as a gift from God and that they would have a passion to eat nutritious food and to stay active in order to do their part to take care of this treasure. In Jesus name, Amen.
~ Alicia Michelle
Prayer For Daughter to Find Identity in Christ
Dear Jesus, help my daughter know that we are all born as sinners and separated from God because of our wicked hearts. However, at an early age, help her grasp the life-transforming concept that he does not have to live as a sinner under that condemnation.
Teach my daughter that she has the opportunity to accept a new, beautiful identity that is called “good,” not because of what she has done or what she looks , but because she is secure in who YOU say she is: treasured, delightful, known and protected.
Let her not place her self-worth in accomplishments she may or may not achieve, but let her discover these deeper truths about who You believe she is and build every decision she makes on that sure foundation. In Jesus name, amen.
~ Alicia Michelle
A Prayer for Daughters Protection
Lord, I pray Your emotional, physical, and spiritual protection over my daughter. Keep evil far from her, and help her to trust You as her refuge and strength. I pray You will guard her mind from harmful instruction, and grant her discernment to recognize truth.
I pray You will make her strong and courageous in the presence of danger, recognizing that You have overcome and will set right all injustice and wrong one day. Help her to find rest in Your shadow, as she lives in the spiritual shelter You provide for her.
Let her know that the only safe place is in Jesus, and that her home on earth is only temporary. In Jesus name, amen.
~ Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Prayer for Daughter’s Spiritual Strength
I’m praying my daughter whose hands are limp and whose tongue is silent. Nudge her to pick up her sword. Help her conceive a strategic plan to take back what the enemy has plundered.
Lead her to scriptures for every area of defeat. Give her a voice to speak them out loud. Let the enemy know that You are raising up a standard against him with a resurrected daughter. In Jesus name, Amen.
~ Christine Wyrtzen
We hope these prayers have been able to guide your thoughts and desires for your daughter! Rest in God's promises that He is a loving Creator and Father who has good things in store for your child! Join other moms in the comments below and be encouraged by our large praying community.
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