Our son will be 30 years old this month of August. As a mother, I always envisioned him going off to the University, but instead, he has chosen to become a mixologist. We attended church as a family, he was in Sunday school, he shared Christ and even went on a short term mission trip. But like many parents out there, their children and my son have decided to follow the world.
I have been praying for his return to his first love for many years, and it is easy to get discouraged and give up. But there is something that keeps me going, and that is the promise I have received from God that yes, he will return and yes, he belongs to Jesus.
My journal times with the Lord are precious. It is here I receive comfort and vision to pray in His promises over my son, and I also pray the same for nieces and nephews that have gone astray.
So what do we do in the meantime?
- We love him
- We call him
- Invite him for lunch or dinner
- Casually share how God is moving in our lives
- Challenge him
- Give thanks
- Keep praying
Through the years I have come across prayers and have even made up a few of my own, and I would like to share a few with you.
I ask you Lord to place (child’s name) in a hedge of thorns, so that he may not sin against you, and that he may not continue his path towards deception, lust and evil, and wickedness, and he will turn back to Jesus with all his heart, soul and mind. Hosea 2;6
We are mindful of the seeds that we have planted in (child’s name), we declare that these seeds will be watered by our love and your love Father, and bring a great increase in every area of (Child´s name) life. May he/she increase in heavenly wisdom, stature, and favor with God and man. Matt 13.23
(Child´s name) has been chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. He stands holy and blameless before God in love, because of what Christ did on the cross.
John 10:28 -29 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.
Lord, bring (child’s name) back to his first love, and may he/she be miserable in their sin. I received this prayer from a pastor. His son came back and is now a preacher!
One thing I have learned from praying these and other prayers is to cooperate with the word of God, pray it like you mean it and believe. God´s word will not return void!
To be honest, it can get weary at times and I falter. The word of God sustains me, and I get back to praying and declaring blessings over his life. I know the Lord hears my and other parents prayers. I have resolved to not give up, and I know all the years of intercession will bear fruit.