7 Tenderhearted Prayers For Your Daughter-in-Law

My mother-in-law has three boys so when her boys got married she was thrilled to finally have her daughters! She always says that we were the answer to her prayers. Relationships with your daughter-in-law can be complicated and difficult to maneuver so it’s important to pray for your daughter-in-law!

Ruth and Naomi are great women of the Bible to look toward when you are wanting to foster a better relationship with your daughter-in-law. A famine took the lives of Naomi’s husband and both of her sons. She was left with her two daughters-in-law, Ruth and Orpah. Naomi encouraged the women to return home to their families to find new husbands, but Ruth said,

Ruth said, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16, NIV).

They returned to Bethlehem and Ruth worked hard to support Naomi. A man named Boaz showed kindness to Ruth because he was a friend of Naomi and knew how much Ruth had helped Naomi. Naomi was loving, gentle, and encouraging and when the time was right, gave her blessing for Ruth to marry Boaz.

Both women were thrust into a life as widows. They could have gone their separate ways, but Naomi and Ruth stayed together. Their story highlights steadfast love and loyalty, characteristics that are great to embody as in-laws.

No matter what choices your son and daughter-in-law make in life, it’s important to show them the same steadfast love and loyalty that Naomi and Ruth had. I will give you 7 prayers for your daughter-in-law but feel free to customize them to your specific situation. Please leave prayer requests in the comments so we can pray with you!

Short Prayer For My Daughter-In-Law

Lord, thank you for the gift of my daughter-in-law. (Name) is such a light to my life and the world. Thank you for the gift of family! May she continue to glorify You in all that she does. May You be at the forefront of (Name)’s mind and the driving force for all of her actions. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

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Prayer For Keeping A Good Connection With Your Daughter-In-Law

Lord, thank you for the gift of my daughter-in-law, (name). I need your help to keep a good connection with my daughter-in-law. I know relationships with your in-laws can be awkward at times, but I truly do see her as my daughter. Help me to be the (mother/father) figure that she needs. 

I don’t want to overstep my boundaries, but I want her to know how much I desire to know her and support her in any way that I can. Sometimes I have difficulty expressing that though.

She is so busy with her job and family that I don’t want to come off as annoying or a burden. I know she has important and stressful things going on in her life so even if I can’t see or speak to her I desire to hold her up in prayer more frequently. I know it means a lot to me when she reaches out to me so I need to return the favor and work harder to maintain our connection.

Please help our relationship to grow on a spiritual level. When (name) and I speak please help my words to be Your words. Help me to be Your face, hands, and feet. Help me to preach the Gospel and when necessary use words to do so. I hope she can see my passion and purpose for life derive from an authentic and pure connection with You.

I love (Name) and I love you. I hope (name) and I can maintain a better connection so she can love you too. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

Healing Prayer For Your Daughter-In-Law

Good and gracious God, please keep my daughter-in-law in good health. I know she has been battling a variety of health concerns and I pray that you clear them up. You are a miracle worker so I know that if it is Your will you will heal (name) of her afflictions.

Please heal (name) of not only her physical wounds, but her emotional and spiritual wounds as well. May name remember the words from Scripture, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:3, NIV).

May my daughter-in-law turn to you, the ultimate healer, for every kind of healing that she needs. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer For Your Daughter-In-Law To Put God First

Dear God, Your Son says, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these” (Mark 12: 30-31, NIV).

If these are your greatest commandments then they are my biggest prayers for my daughter-in-law. I hope (name) loves you above all else. If (name) is struggling to put you first right now I pray that you take away the distractions. Give her the desire to pray daily and fervently.

I also pray (name) loves others as herself. Your Son served the poor selflessly and that is something we should be doing here on earth. It is our mission as Christians to be Your face, hands, and feet to those we encounter daily. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

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Prayer For A Daughter-In-Law Who Has Turned From God

Lord, my daughter-in-law no longer believes in You. She won’t even attend church with our family anymore. Please penetrate her heart and show her that she is lost without you.

I worry about what will happen to her and my son if she continues to stray from you. Our happiness and joy can only be sustained through You. I take comfort in knowing that You will always pursue her. I pray her heart will soften and she will desire to have a relationship with You again.

I’m not sure if there is anything else I can do but pray. I don’t want to ruin our relationship, but I don’t want to sit by idly either. Please give me the wisdom to know how to approach this situation. When I speak to her please help my words to be Your words.

If I am not the person to lead her back to You please put someone in her path who will do so. I love her so much Lord and for her to experience Your everlasting joy in heaven. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer For A Daughter-In-Law During Hard Times

Lord, my daughter-in-law is going through a difficult time right now. Things are piling up on her and I know she is struggling even though she doesn’t want to show it. She is such an amazing person. She is a true light in so much darkness in this world. Please don’t let the darkness get to her too.

We can fill ourselves with worldly things, but nothing will ever sustain us as You do. No matter how difficult things are right now for (name) please help her to have hope in You. Help (name) to deal with her stress in healthy ways and if they need help, give her the courage and strength to ask for help. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer For Daughter-In-Law To Grow As A Wife

One thing we ask of our daughter-in-law is that she will be a woman of noble character. Proverbs 31:10-31 is a passage about a what it means to be a wife of noble character.

She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue” (Proverbs 31: 26, NIV). May (name) be a woman who is attentive to the movements of Your voice. I hope she uses this skill to make prudent and wise decisions. May she be a woman whose words are kind loving and not idle with gossips.

She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks” (Proverbs 31: 17). I hope (name’s) future wife is determined and hardworking. May she succeed in whatever tasks she is working towards no matter if they are big or small.

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised” (Proverbs 31:30, NIV). I pray my daughter-in-law is a God fearing woman in all the best ways. I know she will glow with beauty if she is in awe of You and desires to please you. In Your Name, I pray. Amen.

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Concluding Thoughts

Maintaining relationships with loved ones can be difficult as life gets busy. However, you will never regret taking the time to reach out and maintain a connection with your daughter-in-law. Although you are not (name’s) parent you still have a responsibility to be a witness of faith for your son, daughter-in-law, and any children they have.

Your son and daughter-in-law will learn a lot from you. I hope steadfast love and loyalty are at the top of that list. May your relationship with your daughter-in-law, be much like Naomi and Ruth’s, filled with the Holy Spirit.

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