Prayer is the greatest and most essential weapon we have to fight the spiritual battle for and with our prodigal child. Laine Lawson Craft shares four ways to initiate prayer together so we can join forces in the Spirit and pray for our prodigal children to return home.
On a recent episode of Your Hope-Filled Perspective podcast, Laine and I discussed how to win back a prodigal child, teen, or young adult and a battle plan for fighting for our prodigals. If you are the parent of a prodigal, you won’t want to miss that episode!
4 Ways to Pray for our Prodigal Children
By Laine Lawson Craft
As we discussed in the podcast, we were challenged with this question, “If we are not praying for our children, then who is?” Many of us didn’t even know we were supposed to pray for our children until they began to go wayward.
Prayer is the greatest weapon we have to fight the battle for and with our prodigal child and win the war over the enemy seeking to destroy them.
As I shared in the podcast, I began a pattern of covering my three children with the blood-soaked paintbrush with the powerful and healing blood of Jesus Christ “painted on their backs” through prayer. I prayed this prayer for years, and I am confident our prayers help guide our children to the way they should go within God’s perfect path.
Here are four ways we can better pray for our wayward child:
- First, we can find a quiet place in our home and a time to pray daily. This intentionality will help us tune out the world’s noise and minimize the chaos around us. Also, it allows us to be successful as we intentionally remove ourselves into our prayer place and at a specific time of day every day. When we deliberately seek time to pray with God, we are assured that we are executing our greatest weapon to win back our wayward child.God is our strength and our refuge. Psalm 46:9-11 (NIV) “He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields[a] with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- Second, one way we can pray more effectively is with worship music. We can pick an artist or Christian music variation to play during our quiet time. Praise and worship music during prayer can help us move more profoundly in the Spirit and help us create prayers out of the emotions created with music. The words or the cadence in the music often help initiate conversations with God leading us into intimate prayer time.1 Corinthians 14:15 (ESV) “What am I to do? I will pray with my Spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my Spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.”
- Third, one of the most effective ways to pray is by praying the word of God. For example, Psalm is a great book to read as a prayer. Many of the psalms will open our hearts as the author, David, would also open his heart to God. Reading God’s word has another benefit: it helps us know more about God. The more we read and pray, the more we understand who God is and how He loves us deeply.The word of God shares God’s promises to us. When we read these promises, we can hold on to them and pray that we know God will always fulfill His promises to us. Also, the word of God will always help us change our focus on Him and not ourselves. This will enable us to strengthen and lean on God more as we rely on His words for our lives and our children.Hebrews 4:12 (NLT) “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and Spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
- Fourth, visualize sitting at the feet of our Lord and handing over every care, worry, burden, and fear to Him. We can even list these things beforehand to cover every need and lay them down at God’s feet. When we go through this prayerful process, it’s as if we are taking the weights off our chests that keep us heavy-hearted and in despair as we go down the list of needs and hand them over. As we go through this process, we walk out in faith that God will take care of our concerns, turn things around for our wayward child, and comfort us.Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Prayer is the most essential weapon in the battle over the spiritual war over our teens and young adults. If we aren’t praying over our kids, no one else will likely be either. With these new ways to initiate prayer together, we can join forces in the Spirit and pray for our prodigal children to return home.
What have you found effective in praying for your prodigal? We’d love to hear in the comments below!
About Laine Lawson Craft
Laine Lawson Craft (www.lainelawsoncraft.com) is an award-winning author, popular media host, and in-demand speaker. The founder and publisher of WHOAwomen magazine (2010-2018), she regularly hosts online challenges and masterclasses as well as Facebook Live events that reach thousands. Her Warfare Parenting podcast encourages parents of adult children. Laine and her husband, Steve, have three children and live in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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