Is your heart breaking for someone who is far away from God? If so, you aren’t alone. You’d be hard pressed to find a believer who doesn’t have at least one prodigal in their life. It may be a child, a family member, a spouse, or a friend.
Whichever camp your prodigal falls into, it’s a hard road to walk and a difficult burden to bear. As much as you love them and want to fix things, you must face the truth. The prodigal’s salvation is not yours to control. You can’t change their heart; only God can.
But what you can—and should—do is fight. At every occasion, fight fiercely for them but not with them. Fighting with them about their faith, through anger, guilt, or shame, is never effective. But fighting for them, on your knees, is. I was once a prodigal, and through the diligent prayers of many, returned home to the Father.
God’s desire is that not one soul be lost. He tells us so in His word, so it’s not something you have to wonder about. That means that He is actively seeking them, working to bring them home, even when you can’t see it. Just be still and trust. Press in to Him. There is no better time than now to grow deeper in your own relationship with Christ. Your work is to love them, wherever they are, and fight for them in prayer.
And as you do, claim God’s word over them. It is the sword we use to fight in the spiritual realm. Listed below are a number of verses that speak to my heart when praying for my prodigals. I’ve included a free download with them for you. Simply print them out and place them where you will see them as you go about your day. When you do, say another prayer for them.
Wield your sword, keeping it sharp and ever ready by your side, and together we’ll fight until they all come home.
Ephesians 1:18 ERV
I pray that God will open your minds to see his truth. Then you will know the hope that he has chosen us to have. You will know that the blessing God has promised his holy people are rich and glorious.
Jeremiah 31:16-17 GNT
“Stop your crying and wipe away your tears. All that you have done for your children will not go unrewarded; they will return from the enemy's land. There is hope for your future; your children will come back home.” I, the Lord, have spoken.
Luke 19:10 NLT
For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
Luke 15:24 NIV
For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and now is found.
Ezekiel 34:16a NLT
I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again.
Isaiah 49:25 NLT
“But the Lord says, ‘The captives of warriors will be released, and the plunder of tyrants will be retrieved. For I will fight those who fight you, and I will save your children.’”
Ezekiel 34:12 NLT
I will be like a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day.
Isaiah 44:3-4 NLT
For I will pour out water to quench your thirst and irrigate your parched fields. And I will pour out my Spirit on your descendants, and my blessings on your children. They will thrive like watered grass, like willows on a riverbank.
Isaiah 59:21 NLT
And this is my covenant with them, says the Lord. My Spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children's children forever. I, the Lord, have spoken!
2 Peter 3:9 KJV
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
1 Timothy 2:3-4 NIV
“This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”
1 John 5:14-15 NKJV
“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Nehemiah 4:14b NLT
Don't be afraid of the enemy. Remember the Lord, who is great and glorious, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your homes.
Nehemiah 8:10b NIV
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
John 9:3b NIV
But this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.
Philippians 1:6 ESV
And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
John 15: 7 NLT
But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
Acts 16:31 NLT
They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved, along with everyone in your household."
1 King 8:56 NLT
Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises He made through His servant Moses.
Habakkuk 3:17,18 NLT
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.
Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on you.
James 5:16b NLT
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Psalm 94:19 NIV
When anxiety was great within me your consolation brought me joy.