Today my heart bleeds for all the mamas who are crying for their lost children. Those who have turned away from God. The adult children that cause our hearts to sting and our eyes to leak.
So this post is for those of you who are praying for prodigal adults. An excerpt from Not Alone, the Appendix 1: Rebellion and the Prodigal Adult:
I shared in my story at the beginning of my parenting book, Not Alone, that I was a good kid growing up. But in my twenties, I spent a string of years as a prodigal, far from the God I had been taught to know in Sunday School. So I can tell you that even good kids sometimes choose to turn away from their faith. However, I’m convinced that my return to God was brought about for two reasons.
One, the Lord of the universe, His Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit relentlessly pursued me with a powerful, redemptive love.
Two, my mother prayed and never gave up hope. She was my soft-landing place, even when I screwed up my life and the lives of others. She always listened to me. She loved me even when I refused to follow her gentle words of wisdom. She was always an example to me of living faith and joy. In the darkest points of my prodigal wanderings, my mother always, always loved me. She affirmed me in a way that bridged the gap between her pain and my arrogance.
Thinking back on those dark years, I called my mother. I asked her what and how she prayed during the Nebuchadnezzar years of my insanity (see Dan. 4). It was the BEST conversation and it was difficult as well. She reminded me how she had tried to help me realize that I would struggle in a spiritually mismatched marriage. She also acknowledged that she had felt a moment of fear as I politely listened yet, ignored her advice.
What she said next caused my soul to soar. She said that she never felt as though God had abandoned me or that He had ignored her pleas on my behalf. “I prayed with fervor for your protection from evil people and from evil spirits. I begged God to help you make some intelligent decisions, and mostly I prayed, ‘Lord, don’t let go of her.’ ”
My friend, God will bring to bear His great power and love in the lives of those for whom we pray. He is a God of redemption—He wants to redeem our lost kids. We are called to trust with unwavering faith that God will save our lost loved ones. Let your heart soar with hope!
Believe God with such conviction that you become completely certain there is no other alternative except for God to fulfill His promises. Our God moves heaven and earth to meet expectations and prayers such as these. Then watch and wait for the miracles. God gives life to dry bones:
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, O breath, from the four winds! Breathe into these dead bodies so they may live again.” So I spoke the message as he commanded me, and breath came into their bodies. They all came to life and stood up on their feet—a great army. Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones represent the people of Israel. They are saying, ‘We have become old, dry bones—all hope is gone. Our nation is finished.’ Therefore, prophesy to them and say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: O my people, I will open your graves of exile and cause you to rise again. Then I will bring you back to the land of Israel. When this happens, O my people, you will know that I am the Lord. I will put my Spirit in you, and you will live again and return home to your own land. Then you will know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done what I said. Yes, the Lord has spoken!’ ” (Ezek. 37:9-14, NLT, emphasis added).
We need only BELIEVE & PRAY!