Prayers for the Prodigal

Posted by Lori Merrill on 10/19/2018

We all know someone who has strayed from God—thinking their own ways, are much better than His. Whether it is a child of your own (like the story in Luke), a friend’s child, or your very own friend or family member, it is painful for sure. Prayer is the only response I know with certainty can’t be a wrong choice during this difficult season. I hope you sense God’s direction & comfort through these prayers that I have found myself praying again and again: 

Dear Lord:
• Open their eyes to their desperate need for You. (Psalms 119:18)
• Give them an insatiable hunger & thirst for Your righteousness. (Matthew 6:33)
• Put a person or people of influence in their life, who is not only sold out to You, but those whom they respect and admire. (Proverbs 15:22)
• Make them see that their deepest need is met in You alone and not in the things of this world. (Psalms 71:5)
• Break them of their pride of self-sufficiency. (Proverbs 18:12 & Romans 7:18)
• Give them clarity to see that life lived against Your commands is a life full of misery. (Psalms 119:44 & Psalms 63:4)
• Increase their faith as You squelch the lies of the enemy. (Mark 9:24 & Philippians 4:8)
• Allow what You must into their lives (while protecting them against irreparable harm) so they bow their knees and cry out for You. (Isaiah 25:1)

And finally Lord, I ask that You close my mouth unless it is with a no-doubt-in-my-mind confirmation that You want me to speak and then may I be like Your Son, and speak only words that are laced in love and grace. I ask Lord, that You swaddle this prodigal with Your love, peace and grace so they are reminded of what it feels like to walk with You. Amen. 

In His Love,
Lori

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