Prayer For Wayward Child
Living God, my son has left the faith in which we reared him. He has no commitment to You, no interest in church or the scripture, and no sense that Your Word should direct his morality. Help me to lovingly and respectfully show him how important You are in my own life. May he come to know You as his Living God, relevant to his life and the source of all his needs. Amen.
Gracious God, I come to You in intercession for my son who has strayed into a lifestyle of drugs and alcohol and other vices. Bring him to his senses, I pray, and enable him to see the emptiness of it all. Bring some Christians into his path who demonstrate a lively and joyful faith, and will intrigue him to return to the faith of his childhood. May he come to that intersection in his life and turn toward You. Amen.
Lord of the Ages, I come to You asking the impossible for my son. He has strayed far away from us, far away from You, and into a life of immorality and danger. It seems he is without hope, but with You all things are possible. Help me to encourage him and to love him, and to release him into Your hands to convict his heart and to create a hunger and thirst for You. Amen.
Great God in heaven, I have a child that has fallen away from their belief in You and they have forsaken all that they have been taught about You. I know in their heart they know what is right and what is wrong. I pray God that You would send Your Holy Spirit and grant them repentance (2nd Tim 2:25) and to help them seek forgiveness and restoration with You. I know that all I can do is pray but I know You can do all things. It seems impossible for me, but nothing is for You. Please Father, grant my child repentance so that they might return to You again and to our family. I trust You in this and not my heart. I know that whatever happens is for their very best (Rom 8:28). Please forgive me where I have failed my child and failed You in bringing them up in the admonition of the Lord and please guide their heart back to You and to the family that loves them and in the name of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, I pray, amen.
Divine Protector, I am brokenhearted and baffled by the destructive decisions my son is making. Lord, I pray that my son will see Jesus clearly, as He actually is, and let him be drawn to the truth. Lord, help me to keep the communications open, to let him know he is loved by me, and more importantly, by You. May Your love draw him back. Amen.
O God, my Kinsman-Redeemer, I pray for the redemption of my son. I am disturbed that he is destroying his life, but help me to be gentle, even when I am dismayed by his behaviors. Even in my sorrow, may my words and actions be driven by hope, rather than anger. Help me find ways to effectively encourage him from Your Word, and may he see Your joy in my life. Amen.
O Holy One, my son is determined to go his own way and spend all his time with people that are encouraging him to embrace a new way of life a lifestyle that doesn't line up with Your Word. He's bent on pursuing his own way. Help break down this wall that has come between us. Help me embody Your love and character toward him, so he is drawn to You. Amen.
Righteous Lord, I bring my son before You, asking that You would do a work in his life. He is turning his back on us and getting involved in harmful and dangerous friends and activities. Help me to carefully and considerately communicate with him, sprinkling Your Word and truth into our conversations at opportune times. Help him know that in spite of the issues that divide us, I still love him, and You love him even more. Amen.