Praying the Prodigals Home



I’m an angry woman! Really! And I want you to join me!


You see, I’m beginning a series to not only speak to the growing epidemic of unbelief in the lives of this generation, but to call mommas to join each other on the front lines of the battle for their children’s souls.


Lately, I’ve heard from so many women who are desperately praying for their prodigal children and wondering what went wrong. I’m talking about women who have loved Jesus with their lives and raised their children to know the Lord.


Women whose hearts are hurting like crazy because their children are behaving as though they never even heard the gospel – yet they grew up in homes where Jesus was lifted high, where ministry was a way of life and where their parents weren’t Sunday only Christians.


I’m not sure if you’ve noticed or not, but there seems to be a war going on to steal the hearts of our children and I’m getting pretty sick and tired of watching wounded mommas crying over their kids when they should be able to rejoice in them.

I’m tired of letting the enemy gain ground on this generation’s beliefs and I’m sick of sitting back while the world creates a culture of doubt in the hearts of our children.

Make no mistake about it… we are in a war.  It’s a war for the soul of the next generation.


Guns and knives will not win this war. Strategy, strength and skill will not defeat the enemy. It is a war that must be fought on our knees.


We read the story of the Prodigal Son and we’re presented with the precious promise that our Heavenly Father is waiting with His arms wide open for every prodigal who will come to the end of himself/herself and fling themselves into His loving arms.


But have you ever wondered what the father in the story did from the time his son left home until the time he returned? I realize Jesus was giving us a parable but this parable pointed us to people who walked in the same shoes many of us are walking in now.


My imagination is moved by a father who weeps over his son… a dad who dug holes in the dirt floor where he planted his knees night after night as he prayed for his prodigal to come home.


Do you think that a father who ran to welcome his wayward son home would have ever became so accustomed to his son’s lostness that he just quit praying? 


A father who would keep his eye on the driveway would also keep his knees planted in prayer and his heart at the feet of the cross.

We can’t give up and we can’t give in. Moms with prodigals must never get so used to their children being lost that they grow weary in prayer. Moms with wandering and wayward children can never lose hope.

So, today, I’m going to see if moms who are willing to pray their prodigals home will join me on the front lines of the battlefield for their children’s souls. I’m asking moms of prodigals to join hands and hearts and begin fasting and praying for their children. 


During this series, I’ll calling to moms to fast and pray for each other’s children as well as our own. I will post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and add the names of the children given in the prior comment section.

It’s as simple as this:

1. If you want your children to be prayed for by others, leave their names in the comment section (first names only) and their names will be added to the list on each post for other prayer warrior mamas to see.


2. If you want to be a mom who is willing to pray over the list of prodigals, leave your name and in parentheses, let us know you’re the praying parent by saying, “Praying Parent”


I don’t really know if anyone reading this post will venture into this commitment to pray for one another’s children, but I want you to know that if you leave your child’s name, I will join you in prayer.


Sweet friend, you’re not the only one whose children are wandering in the wilderness of foolish choices. You’re not alone in as you cry out for them to run back into the Heavenly Father’s waiting arms.

Join me and other moms who will pray for one another’s children and take the front lines of the battle we’ve been losing for far too long!

Take a moment to read through the story of the Prodigal Son and remind yourself that your prodigals do come home… but it’s time for moms to stand in the gap like never before and say, “These children belong to God and I will not give up until I see them coming up the driveway and in the arms of the Father where they belong!

“And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that fallsto me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!  will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ 

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 12:15-24

My prayer is that every mom of a prodigal will soon hear those beautiful, long awaited words, “He(She) was lost and now is found!”


Oswald Chambers once said, “Prayer is the greater work.” Moms, today it’s time to do our greater work and pray the prodigals home. Will you join me? 

53 Comments

  1. (Kara) praying parent will to pray for others as i know how strong the power of prayer is everytime i look at my twins. They were born at 27 weeks, spent 60 days in the NICU and are just perfect now! God is so great. Ill pray for your prodigals.

  2. Thank you Kara, for your willingness to pray for other's prodigals. What a huge blessing! 🙂

  3. Please pray that (Betsy and Matt) will return with whole hearts to the Lord. (Sheryl) praying parent would love to pray for other prodigals.

  4. Please pray for Sam, Brett, Arnold to turn their hearts to the Lord and to have a passionate relationship with Jesus. Would you also pray for my brother Ben and sister Marcie who are far away from God., Thanks, Julie (praying parent)

  5. Please pray for my stepchildren, Daniel and Twila, that they fully turn their hearts to God.

  6. Please pray for my sons Danny, Jeremy & Cody and I will be praying for your children as well. Thanks Denise (praying parent)

  7. Sheryl, Thank you fo adding Betsy and Matt and for your willingness to pray for other people's prodigals!

  8. Julie, Thank you for honoring us with the privilege of praying for Sam, Brett and Arnold.. and for Ben and Marcie… and for your heart to pray for other prodigals, as well!

  9. Anonymous… Honored that you entrusted us to pray for Daniel and Twila!

  10. Denise, Thank you for adding Danny, Jeremy & Cody AND for willingness to pray! Can't wait to see what Jesus does!

  11. Please pray for my son Kristopher.

  12. Please pray for my children; Christopher, Kelli, and Corey

  13. Please pray for my son Luis and my daughter Michelle. Thanks

    Carmen (Praying Parent)

  14. Anonymous, Thank you SO much sharing the privilege of praying for Kristopher with you.

  15. Anonymous, Thank you SO much for adding Christopher, Kelli and Corey to the list. Moms will be joining you in prayer for them!

  16. Carmen, thank you SO much for adding your daughter Michelle to the list of those we are praying for and THANK YOU SO MUCH for being a praying parent! Can't wait to see what Jesus does!

  17. Our eldest was a prodigal for 3 years. I know the pain and anguish of a momma's heart. He was grabbed by the Hound of Heaven and his life was turned around 180 degrees. Matt will be graduating from Biola University on May 26 and will be serving as a Youth Pastor beginning in August. God cares, God hears. God answers exceedingly abundantly beyond all we can think or imagine! Please pray for our other son, Mark who is a Believer and very respectful of our wishes yet self-reliant in this season. Thank you, Lisa (praying parent)

  18. Lisa, Thank you SO MUCH for sharing that! Mommas whose hearts are breaking now need to hear stories of hope… stories of a prodigal coming home. Do you mind if I share this on Wednesday's post?

  19. Pray for Jonathan, my son. Running from God.

  20. My brother Donald has been estranged from our family for over 10 years and has 3 daughters that we don't know. We have lost several family members and he hasn't been there to say goodbye. I hope in my heart and have dreams he comes back in the fold. So please pray he does before our parents are gone. Let the healing begin this year.
    Melissa

  21. Melissa, Thank you for adding your brother's name to the list to be prayed for. I love your heart for your family and how you long for him to come back into the fold while your parents are still here to enjoy seeing him walk in the truth.

  22. Theresa Mae Harris is adding David.Mindy, Chris, Angela, Bonnie

  23. Please pray for my son, Joey!! I will happpily pray for other children!

  24. Thanks so much for this amazing ministry! Please include 3 of my sons. (Justin, Joseph and Joel.) Two of them are going to church again, thank you JESUS, but still haven't made a life change. And Yes, I am more then willing to pray for these other precious children. I'm in!

  25. Please pray for my Daughter Jessica and her husband Jason for he is like a son to me.

  26. Aprons by MeMe, Thank you so much for your willingness to pray for other momma's prodigals! I've added Joey to the list and I can't wait to see what Jesus does!

  27. Susan, it's such an honor to join mommas in prayer for their prodigals! I'm adding your sons to the list and Friday's post is going to be about Prodigals in the Pew. At least their under the Word and we know God's Word changes lives!

  28. Anonymous, Thank you for adding Jessica and Jason. Honored to pray with your for them!

  29. Please pray for our son, Gregory.

  30. Melinda, I've added Gregory to the list and am claiming God's promises for his return with you!

  31. Please pray for Kristen.

  32. Please help me pray for my children Destinee and Chelsea

  33. Gina (praying parent) Ashley (prodigal, 28 years old). I am honored to pray for prodigals and their families. My daughter has been running from God for 14 years. She lost her brother & sister in separate car wrecks, her dad is never wanted to be with us, both grandparents died in early 60’s of cancer. She has a 2 1/2 year old daughter & is going through a divorce. They are living with my husband and I. She needs salvation and deliverance from drugs & alcohol. Thank you.

    • Oh Gina…that just breaks my heart! Oh that God would whisper His love to her heart an give her ears to hear, eyes to see an a heart to believe! Praying for Ashley with you!

  34. Melissa ( praying parent) Caleb – he’s about to turn 22 on December 8th. He needs deliverance from drugs,alcohol, as well as many other bad ,and unhealthy addictions. We came out of an abusive church and he was a part of it until the age of 18. I believe it has brought confusion to his life and he doesn’t know what to believe. I know God can bring healing and freedom to Caleb. I am thankful to join in with other believers to pray for our children.

    • Melissa, I’m so sorry! That happens for too often! The ones the church is in trusted with to minister to become the ones it hurts. Praying with you for Caleb!

  35. please pray for Sarah and baby Daniel to come home. I will pray for others as well. They need to be home ASAP as Daniel is only a month old and Sarah is filled with bitterness and a Jezabel spirit

  36. Please pray for salvation and deliverance for my three adult prodigal sons Stephen,Gage,Jared and I will be praying for prodigals on prayer list we are angry also and want to take back our children that the Lord gave to us God Bless you and thank you for your prayers

  37. Hi

    Am just wondering if this post is still live?

    • Yes ma’am! It’s still live. I join in prayer with moms everywhere who request prayer for their prodigal children. All you have to do is share the request.

      • Thank you so much for your faithfulness in keeping in touch.

        Please would you pray for my son (Ab)who is far from the Lord.
        I will also pray for other prodigals.

  38. Please pray for my daughter , Jasmine. Thank you!!

  39. Sandy (praying parent) praying for Jason and Corey to come home.

    • Praying with you for Jason and Corey, Sandy! That the Lord would bring them home to Himself and home to his family in the powerful name of Jesus!

  40. Megan, Samantha, Jason and Jaxon

  41. Thanks so much for the encouragment. Please pray for my children and to know the Lord in a deep and lasting manner similar to pauls conversion On the road to Damascus. Also for my cousins,Mahta,Nastasha and Noah and Issey. I will also pray for other parents ( Praying Parent)

  42. Please pray for Ricardo John’s eyes to be opened to the truth and his heart to be willing to accept the word of God and surrender his life to Jesus. Grace will joining other praying parents for the salvation of our prodigal children

    • Praying with you for Ricardo’s eyes to be open and his heart be tender and willing to accept the Word of God and surrender his life to Jesus! Thank you for praying with other moms who all are aching and praying for their children to be saved too! Us moms have to stick together and when we pray together, there is multiplied passion and power!

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