Parents of prodigals often do not know what to pray or how to pray for their lost children. Whatever your child is mired in addiction, homosexuality, rebellion, or criminal activity, parents can pray in accordance with God's will and be assured that the Lord hears our pleas and longs to answer us. If your prodigal has not been saved or you are not sure, God wants to bring your grieving heart comfort and hope.
When my teenage daughter became ensnared into a world of drugs and alcohol, sexual crisis, and all out rebellion, I did not know what to pray. I was left defenseless and exhausted. It seemed gone days days were spent to rescuing her from troubles of her own making, making phone calls on her behalf, and exploring any course of action someone thought may help her. I prayed for God to work through my choices which were born of my love … but things continued to get worse.
Of course I wanted her to wise up, to make better choices, to run from trouble and to be happy. I unfortunately wished her to graduate highschool, enroll in college and love Jesus. But, no amount of wiping, lecturing or begging made any difference at all.
Finally, I searched the Bible for answers as to what I could have prayed that was unduly in alignment with God's will. Once I honed in to a few basic truths from the Lord, I found peace and comfort amidst the everyday storms she brought into my life.
1 John 5: 14-15 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will , he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us-whatever we ask-we know that we have what we asked of him.
God is not a magical vending machine in the sky. But, if we miss those four little words ' according to his will ' it is easy to fall into despair when God does not do as we ask. The Bible teachers us to ask for anything in the name of Jesus. In asking God for something, if we are asking in Jesus' name, our requests must be in keeping with who Jesus is. Therefore, we should have confidence when we ask what Jesus Himself would ask of the Father.
So, what should we ask for? To ignore the answer, we must understand what God desires most. God "wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth". ( 1 Timothy 2: 4)
Can it really be that simple? Is the bottom line of God's will that Desires each of us to be saved and to know Him? I believe it is. You see, God is looking at eternity, and He longs to share that never-ending expanse of forever-ness with your child. When we take spiritual aim at our child's soul, and allow the Lord to guide our prayers for her, we will inevitably be led to pray for her spiritual restoration in Jesus. We can trust that when we pray like that, God hears us and wants to answer us.
The 'truth' is that He alone is the answer to every problem we have, and He alone is the answer for our prodigal as well. We need Him to fill our hearts and minds with His thoughts. God desires that " none should perish" , (2 Peter 3: 9), and that each of us fall madly in love with Him. We can allow these truths to shape our own desires for a prodigal. Ask the Lord to give you the desires of His heart for your child. As you press into the Lord, His desires WILL become your desires. (Ezekiel 11:19) Then believe, that as you pray into them, according to His will , your prayers carry the power and authority of Christ Jesus himself.