“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Are any among you the mother or father of a prodigal son or daughter? What do you do when your child turns away from what they know to do right? You have prayed, cried, and even pleaded with God to touch their minds and change their hearts, and yet they remain in spiritual darkness. With our broken hearts, we need to turn to the Lord and find our encouragement in the P-R-O-D-I-G-A-L ~
Let’s look at that, shall we?
P – Pray, pray, and pray more fervently ….
“Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16) …..
As godly parents, we have the ear of God to intercede for our prodigal children. We may get discouraged, but we never give up praying ….
R – Remember that God is in control and not us ….
“Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like Him?”
(Job 40:9) …..As much as we would like control to change the state of our children’s hearts, we must surrender our desires to God’s will. He will turn any difficult situation for our good in His perfect timing and for His glory ….
O – Open our hearts to hear clearly from God ….
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
(Psalm 32:8) ….. Even though our emotions are all over the place, we have to quiet our inner self to hear the promptings of the Holy Spirit. God speaks in the midst of the storm to those who stop to listen ….
D – Daily hand over our child over to God ….
“Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the LORD there.” (1 Samuel 1:28) ….
In our minds, we must turn our children over to God so that He will bring them to the place of brokenness and repentance. Our heavenly Father can be trusted with our children regardless of their behavior or mindset ….
I – Incline our hearts to God’s word instead of worry …..
“Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5) and also (Phillipians 4:6-8) “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” …..
Anxiousness will drain our faith especially when our children seem very far from God. Yet the Lord’s word will encourage us to stay at peace in the midst of not knowing ….
G – Get involved with other parents of prodigals ….
“Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.”
(Proverbs 27:17) …..
We are a part of the body of Christ so we can encourage one another with our shared pain and disappointments. As the Lord carries us through this pain, we can encourage and strengthen others as well as receive the same ….
A – Agree to disagree in with love, respect, and self-control …..
“But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.”
(Ephesians 4:15) …..
Sometimes trying to get our prodigal children to see the reality of their sinful lives can be exceptionally disappointing, and often wounding to us. However, we rely on the wisdom of God to show us the right answer in due season ….
L – Let go and let God do His work ….
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) ….
It’s so difficult to let go of our children; however, when we completely release them to the Lord, we can experience the Lord’s comfort, peace, and presence as He is faithful to lead them home …..
Let us pray ~
Dear Lord, I’ve done everything I know to do and yet my child continues to walk away from the faith. Instill in my heart a strong commitment to pray and never give up on You to bring them back to the fold. I will trust the process and trust You today Lord. In Jesus name, Amen ….
Thy Will ~ not mine be done today …..
God is with you …..