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Praying for a Prodigal

Praying for a Prodigal

Does your child respond to you with indifference, resentment, or rebellion? Fearing something might happen to them, do you dread the sound of the phone or doorbell when they’re away?

The experience generates a tangled web of emotions – frustration, embarrassment, fear, distrust, and despair. The issues range from refusing to complete school assignments to lying, drugs, alcohol, suicide, gambling, pornography, and immoral relationships.

I’ve been there, and I’m here to encourage you.

When our youngest was very young, it was a battle to get her to complete school assignments. She would excuse herself, “I’ve got something in my eye. . .” but ten minutes later, I’d find her glued to the television. At thirteen, she frequently entertained suicide. I was terrified to let her out of my sight.

It’s not a battle of wills, but a battle against dark spiritual forces seeking to claim the hearts and potentials of these treasures God appointed to our care. And the enemy attacks relentlessly, seeking to wear us down, moving us to despair.

So what’s a parent to do?

  • Ask God to increase your faith. He will. As you study your Bible, mark extensively. For example, when Jesus calms the storm (Mark 4:35-41), write in the margin,

“Please calm the storms within our hearts.

Let there be peace within us and among us.”

  • If living at home, do what it takes to ensure they receive the best spiritual nourishment possible. This may require changing churches. God will guide you.
  • Eliminate any connection with the occult in movies and books (Deut. 18:10-14).
  • Whenever you awaken in the night, get on your knees and pour out your heart like water, praying for all prodigals and their families Norris (2) 4-14-15(Lam. 2:19).
  • Avoid arguments; a gentle answer turns away anger (Prov. 15:1).
  • Fasting may be necessary (Matthew 17:20-21).
  • Play worship music in your prodigal’s room whenever they’re away. Pull back the curtains, asking God to flood their hearts with holy Light.
  • Be available. If you aren’t, their hearts will be molded by the individual or technology device that is.

Father, I commit myself to this cause,

to passionately pray without ceasing

until this child loves You

with all their heart, mind, soul, and strength.

Please sever any alliance that infects their thoughts

or keeps them from connecting with You or me.

Help me create a bond of love and trust.

Grant me words that inspire and lead them

into a sense of God-honoring destiny.

Help me to love them fiercely, faithfully, unconditionally.

Norris (3) 4-14-15



Be encouraged. Jesus said,

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift… you as wheat.

But I have prayed”…

Luke 22:31-32 NIV



By: Connie Norris

Visit Connie at her website, My Home, a House of Prayer for All Nations at She says, “I am praying with you and for you and your prodigal. If you’d like to connect, I’m on Facebook at”

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  1. How encouraging, Connie. I’m passing this article on!

  2. Needed this and love this! Thank you Connie!

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