Watch and Pray

This simple blog is devoted to the greatest privilege that man has ever been given; PRAYER.

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

Based on John 15:11-24

Read  John 15-11-24 – The Prodigal Son
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.

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