Is there someone in your life who used to be on fire for God?
So many of us carry the burden of loved ones who have turned away from God. I know from personal experience the heartbreak of watching a loved one leave God’s side to follow the world. At times my prayers for this loved one have grown thin. Because the truth is–
Praying for prodigals takes perseverance. It takes faith.
Often we can feel like our prayers aren’t making a difference. We continue to pray, and yet our loved ones continue to run farther and father from God. Yet the Bible assures us that the “fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16). Are you lacking faith that God can restore your loved one? Admit this to Him, and cry out, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) All we need is faith like a mustard seed in order to move mountains.
Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. (Matthew 17:20)
Get down on your knees and pour out your heart, because your prayers make a difference.
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people–for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. (1 Timothy 2:1-4)
Sometimes it can be hard to know what to pray.
Opening up the Bible is a wonderful place to start. Simply find a verse and pray that they will live it out. (Psalms is a great place to start looking for prayer prompts.) God’s Words are powerful.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Let’s intercede for the prodigals in our lives.
Below is a printable with thirty-one prayer prompts that I hope will encourage you as you intercede for your prodigal loved one.