If you’re a parent of a prodigal child, know that you’re not alone. Josh McDowell and George Barna have conducted surveys that say 85 per cent of kids raised in Christian homes are leaving the church within a year of high school graduation. What’s with that?
There’s probably a long list of reasons. Perhaps the media’s influence on their minds is a major culprit. Secular education is another. I also have a hunch that many are turned-off by seeing a compromised faith lived out at home. (Did you know that the divorce rate in Christian families is now 53 per cent? That’s 3 per cent higher than in families that don’t profess faith in Jesus Christ). Whatever the reason for their wandering ways, we need to pray on their behalf. Here’s a Scripture-based prayer for our prodigals:
“Father, please give my child a heart that will recognize You as the Lord. Teach Your ways to him that he might live according to Your truth as opposed to the world’s counterfeit truth or his own emotions. Grant him purity of heart that he may honor You in all he says and does. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” (Jeremiah 24:7; Psalm 86:11 NLT)
Write this prayer out on a recipe card and post it where you’ll see it often. Carry it in your purse or glove compartment. It’s not a magic formula, but it’s a tool to equip you to know how to pray effectively for your precious child. Be encouraged today, my friend. God loves your son or daughter more than you can imagine. Pray, pray, and pray some more…and trust Him to answer.
If you’ve experienced the home-coming of your prodigal, please tell us your story. Your words could be a huge encouragement for those who are still waiting.