Prayer for prodigal son

prayer for prodigal son

QUESTION: Prodigal Son’s Prayer – How can I help my wayward child?


Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 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.

“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate” (John 15-11-24).

Prodigal Son’s Prayer – When The Story Becomes Personal
If you are a parent dealing with a wayward or prodigal child, you may be asking how to pray for him or her. As parents, we grieve over choices our children make. There is great power in a praying parent! And God draws near to the brokenhearted:

Lamentations 2:19 says, “Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children. . .”

You may be a parent who is “pouring out your heart like water” in God’s presence. Praying. Pleading. Begging for God’s infinite mercy to fall on your child at this very moment.

You may have a child who is using drugs or suffering from alcoholism. You may have one who is in prison or juvenile detention. Or you may have a son or daughter who is consistently making wrong choices.

Whatever the need, take heart that your Lord and Savior already knows all about it. He hears your heartfelt cry to Him. He wants to mend that broken heart of yours.

When you “pour out your heart like water,” you may feel empty. Emotionally spent. Drained. Psalm 22:14 says, “I am poured out like water and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax, it has melted away within me.”

It’s at that moment that you don’t feel you can cry another tear or pray another word. Don’t worry. The Spirit intercedes on your behalf. The Father knows your need…always. And He will answer in His time and in His ways. That we can be certain of, without a doubt.

How do we as Christian parents endure a broken heart in times of great distress such as this?

  • Trust – Remember that God is all-knowing, in control, and has a plan and a purpose.
  • Keep praying. Be persistent. Develop prayer partners. Keep pouring out your parent’s heart before the Lord.

He will strengthen you. He will mend your broken heart. You never know what He might have in store. It is very possible that there could be a wonderful testimony in the making!

Psalm 73:26 says, “My flesh and my heat may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Lord, I lay my heart before You

And I pour out my very soul.

Desperate, You know what I need

As empty before You I go.

Lord, strengthen my weary heart–

Make it strong once again.

For only You can meet this need,

Hold me tight, my Savior Friend.

I know no other way to go

I’m spent beyond my measure.

Fill me Lord, my Life, my Song

Spin my life with peace, Your Treasure.


– We have all


and deserve God’s judgment.


, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him.


, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He


for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was


, and

rose from the dead

according to the


. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your


, declaring, “

Jesus is Lord

,” you will be saved from


and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

Yes, today I am deciding to follow JesusYes, I am already a follower of JesusI still have questions

We know that having a prodigal son or daughter can be a heartbreaking experience.  Especially when you know that you did everything possible to lead that child in the right path.

You are not alone in this journey because there are many parents that are going through the same situation as you are right now.

The bible tells a well known story called the Prodigal Son

Luke 15:11-24

“11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.

17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”

You must consider that even you were a prodigal at one point to your Heavenly Father before you came to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  You wanted to do things your own way.  Still God was patient with you, never stopped loving you, until you came to the place of repentance and accepting that God’s way is the right way and your turned to him. (Romans 3:23) “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”

Your prodigal child is going through the same thing.  There is a process: The prodigal child has to get to the end of themself before they will accept the fact that their way may not be the best way. Sometimes it will get worse before it gets better. There has to be some repentance and then change happens.  If you look at the story in the bible you see that the son ended up eating with swines before he came to his senses.  He had to go through this process.

What do you do in the meantime?  You PRAY.  Get as much support as you possible can.  Don’t interfere in what God may be doing in your son or daughter’s life.  Don’t try to control or manipulate the situation.  Be patient and pray.  Put your son or daughter’s name on every possible prayer list you can think of.  Get 1 or 2 faithful intercessors to pray with your consistently over your child.

Here are some things you want to consider when Praying for your Prodigal Adult Child.

  1. You should acknowledge if you have any responsibility in your adult child moving away from God.  If you do you will need to repent for this.  Ask God to show you, repent and accept His forgiveness. This will help you in not repeating the same mistake when your child returns. (1 John 1:8) “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”
  2. Your job is not to enable that adult child or interfere in the process.  The father of the prodigal son didn’t go chasing after him to coerce him to come back.  Instead the son came back of his own volition when he recognized that the servants in his father’s care were living a better life than he did, and he’s a son!
  3. In your moments of anger don’t say mean or nasty things that you will regret later as your child may not feel comfortable coming back to you or the church.  Remember that the Prodigal son went back home to his father and focus on the reception he received. If you sever all ties with your child then even if they want to come back they may not because they may be unsure of your reaction.
  4. Remember that you are to solicit prayer for your child from faithful prayer partners at church, not gossip about your child. Again, when your child returns he or she may not want to go to that church because everyone knows every detail about their situation. Use wisdom in what you share and with whom you share it.
  5. There may be demonic interference involved that may cause your prodigal child not see that the path they are taking is a wrong path.
  6. You’re going to need to remain faithful in prayer and declaring scripture.  You may even need to fast.

Here is a Prayer for your Prodigal Child

Father, I come to you in Jesus Name first asking that you would forgive me of all my sins.  Forgive me for any responsibility I may have in sending _________ astray.  I ask that You would give me wisdom to know how to pray specifically for my child.  Show me the areas that need to prayed and lead

me to the right prayer group or intercessors that can stand with me until ________returns to you.  Give me wisdom to know what to say and when to speak. I pray that you would bind the hand of the enemy from interfering in _________  return to You. Surround my child with Christians at work, in their circle of friends even on the street.  Send angels to minister to him/her.  Show them that they are loved by You and their family.  Cut off the speech of the enemy from speaking lies to him/her.  Create distance between him/her and the friends or family members that continually draw him/her away from you.  Most importantly Lord, protect _______.  Surround ______ with your angels.  Use even this for your glory and build a powerful testimony in his/her life through this experience.  We will be careful to give you all the glory for their miraculous transformation, in Jesus Name, Amen.

Here are some scriptures that you can declare and pray over for your child:

Philippians 1:6, Psalm 121, Psalm 91. 

We would love to hear from you!  If you’ve struggled with a prodigal child, please leave a comment below and let us know how you made it through.

God Bless You.

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