Let Us Continue To Pray

As parents, we are responsible to train our children up for the Lord. We pour years into their training and for some, they decide to leave it behind. It's hard to accept.  After all we've done, we don't have anything to be ashamed of. We need to continue loving them and continue in prayer until they return to the Lord.

Let's Continue to Pray

As I am sitting here thinking about children in general and how precious they are, I do not know what to write except my own thoughts. I think of Jesus when He said: O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,... how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings and ye would not! (Luke 13:34) No doubt the heart of Jesus was broken as He wept over His children that had no part of Him. I can see Him looking out over the city and seeing His children and knowing that they did not want what He had to offer.

So often, as children grow older and start making choices, we always take for granted that they will make the right choices in life. When they make the wrong choice we can see where it will lead and we cry out to God.

One wrong choice and downward they go until they don't want anything to do with the church or the principles that were instilled in them. They cast it all aside just for a time of pleasure. They drop Mom and Dad and don't want anything to do with them. Our hearts cry out, "Oh, child of mine, if only you knew how much you are loved, if only I could wrap my arms around you and you could see where you are headed."

Seems their life is one big party! If they could only see that nothing the world has to offer will satisfy. But they keep seeking and getting farther away. That party leads to a life of alcohol and drugs. They find themselves involved in things that they never thought they would get into. Parent's hearts are broken but it doesn't seem to bother them one bit. They start finding other people to blame for their life of sin, not taking any responsibility for their actions. It seems we live in a world of the blame game. Always the other person wrong, never them. But someday that party will be over. All friends gone and they will be left alone with just them and God.

What do we do as they go further and further out? Do we have a responsibility to them? Yes, we have done what we could and now all we can do is pray that the Lord will put His great big arms around them and do what He has to do to get their attention. What if it reflects on us as parents? Just keep praying and be willing to be a stepping stone for them to lead them back to God if that's what it takes.

Let's Continue to Pray

Have you ever heard preachers say from the pulpit that if parents do their part that child will follow what he or she was taught? A number of years back a preacher that we love dearly made that remark. But it wasn't too long down the road that he got up weeping and said he was wrong. You see, it is different now. His child is the prodigal! I really appreciated him being so humble about it. But he knew from that day on what parents go through sometimes and that what happened was not his fault. He could sympathize! Sometimes the Lord permits things to come in our life so we can really know and feel what others feel. We can sympathize because we have been there. 

I guess I am just rambling now, but what I am trying to say is not coming out right. We do have a prodigal. Our heart aches and longs to take that child and love and protect and take all the hurts and pains for them. But they made the wrong choices in life, not us. I know that all we can to is pray and depend upon the Lord to do what we cannot do.

Do you have a prodigal? Let's agree together to pray for each other and that loved one that has lost his way. I know we serve a God that is able. He ached over his children! He wanted to get them under His wings! He even died on the cross for His lost children. But that is not the greatest part! He arose from that grave and is in heaven right now making intercession for each of His lost children. That gives me hope.

By Aliene @meditationsandmemories.blogspot.com


  1. You weren't rambling at all and what you wanted to convey came across just fine. Great post and very beneficial as we prepare for another school year.

  2. I loved that. I too have two wayward children - one unsaved - who value everything this world has above God. :( I am praying for them to have a prodigal's sprit, that is, that they will get to the end of themselves and return to their Father.

    I too was once critical of "parents" who had wayward teens, thinking that they should be able to control them. How foolish. God gives us free will, and the later teen years, are a time when they have full freedom to exercise this God given freewill, regardless of how it breaks our hearts!

    I have a blogroll, in fact, this blogroll is part of it, which is how I found this post - but would you mind if I reposted this on it? You can email me at water05201@hotmail.com if it's ok. If you would rather post it there, I can give you author permission to do so. ifbkjv.blogspot.com

    PRAYING for you, please pray for me!

  3. Thanks for posting this Aliene. Your heart came through, as always. Yes, we need to be praying for each other's children.
    I too have heard preachers teach, "Train up a child....and when he is old he will not depart...." saying if we just train our children properly, they'll 'turn out' right....as if they are cookies....and if they don't, we must have messed up the recipe.
    But then I also heard a preacher's wife, who has a prodigal child say...but how old is old?! We may have many years before 'they are old' in God's eyes. In the meantime, we need to stay faithful and trust in the Lord to do a work in their hearts.

  4. Aliene,
    You have put into words what so many of us have either felt in the past or are feeling at the present about our grown children. May God help us as Mothers to always hold our children up to the throne of God in prayer!

    I get a "righteous indignation"....or maybe just plaine "mad"...when I hear a preacher get up and say if you raise your kids right they will not go astray! It's always one whose kids are still in church. Oh, the kids may have so much stinking pride in their "goodness" that you can hardly stand to be around them but he can't see that. I have come to the conclusion that they will never know any better unless they too have faced a wayward child!

    May God bless our children!


  5. Such perfect timing...

    My husband and I are in much prayer at this very moment for one of our daughters, making a wrong decision...Thank you as we all join one another in the need of prayer for our Prodigals.

    God bless you...

  6. Marilyn...my thoughts exactly...and that's what's so sad.....that it may take losing one of their own to the world (or a grandchild) for them to have any empathy. It's hearing a preacher counsel parent's of prodigals to shun them and cut them out of their lives that is really scarey...I wonder....will they follow their own counsel, if their child strays?

  7. Beautiful Aliene, children are our heritage. I was in that situation and just kept my son in prayer. The Lord promised never to let go of his hand and he never did. My son is now married to a christian, they have 3 beautiful children and they attend a local church where my son plays the guitar in the worship group. I just give thanks each day and pray that the Lord will continue to hold his hand.
    Thank you so much for sharing what so many need to hear, even those of us who have gone through it.
    Blessings, Jean x

  8. Thanks for sharing this one from the archives, Lori...and Thank you again Aliene, for writing it, and sharing your heart.


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