Hope for Parents of Prodigals

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Perhaps one of the hardest things a parent can face is seeing their children turn from the faith in which they were raised. Watch this real-life story illustrate the struggle parents have in maintaining family relationships when adult children walk away from faith.



Watching your child make poor decisions and leave the faith that you taught them from an early age is heart wrenching. As a parent, it is easy to become overwhelmed and feeling lost as to what role you play in calling them back to a relationship with God. 

Robert Morgan speaks from his own experience with a prodigal daughter, giving encouragement and advice on what parents can do as they seek to minister to their children who are not following the Lord. Robert is Senior Pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN. He has also authored numerous books including Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents and Then Sings My Soul.


Robert rightly pointed out that as a parent of a prodigal, the greatest tool you have is prayer. When you pray for your child, what are those prayers typically like? What specifically do you pray for?
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Robert spoke about the power of praying Scripture back to God, giving several examples of verses he would pray on behalf of his daughter. Think through what your son or daughter is struggling with. What Scriptures could you pray that speak to their particular situation?
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How long has your child been running from the Lord? When is it most difficult for you to be patient in waiting for them to return to God? What helps give you patience?
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How often do you speak with your son or daughter? Who initiates those conversations? When you speak, what do you talk about?
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What communication barriers exist between you and your child? What can you do to try to overcome some of those barriers?
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As Robert noted, arguing does little good when communicated with your prodigal child. How can you avoid getting into a situation when you are tempted to argue with them? How do you maintain and communicate unconditional love to your son or daughter?
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As you navigate this difficult season with your child, stand firm. It is easy to become discouraged, but as Robert exhorted, "stay full of hope that the Lord loves our Children more than we do and He's able to do for them even more than we can." You can trust Him.


For more on this topic from Robert, read his book, Prayers and Promises for Worried Parents.