Prayer for a Wayward Child

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Holy Father,


You promised that You will not break off a battered reed or put out a smoldering wick (Matthew 12:20). Yet, at this time, it seems that (parent’s names) are broken and snuffed out. We realize that Your ways are higher than our ways and Your thoughts much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:9), but this doesn’t seem helpful when their pain is so great.

Jesus, I remember that many times Your prayers consisted of loud crying and tears (Hebrews 5:7), so as You look down upon the wordless cries of (parent’s name), I ask that You remember Your own days and have mercy. You are the God of all Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3). Reveal that part of Your character to this family. As they hurt, each day seems to drag on like one lasting a thousand years, but I claim that the slowness of Your action MUST be because of Your patience towards them and not because You desire them pain (2 Peter 3:8).

Asking that the situation change is not really the place to start is it, Lord? So, our first cries are not only for their comfort, but also for their strength. Send an angel to strengthen them just as You did Your very own Son during His agony (Luke 22:43). This experience will sift them like wheat, but I ask that their faith would not fail. May this be the experience that brings them strength, so they may strengthen others (Luke 22:32).

Indeed, it is faith that (parent’s name) need most right now. Theirs has been greatly shaken. Faith is that quality which allows them to see You clearly and to know that You are working everything to their good (Romans 8:28). Granted, this is something that they cannot see right now. So, I come alongside them to hold up their arms, when they feel too weak to do so themselves. Give friends the faithfulness to support them, one on one side and one on the other (Exodus 17:12).

Increase their faith (Luke 17:5). Allow this time of seeking You to create a refreshing in their lives as they stand in Your Presence (Acts 3:19).

Now for (name of child). Before I speak against his/her rebellion, I ask that You search within me to reveal my own. Convict me about anything that would hinder my prayers.
Father, rebellion runs rampant in our society. The wicked are found in our very midst and (name of child) has been entrapped by their sly deceit (Jeremiah 5:26). It is as if he has fallen under a deluding influence to allow him to believe that which is false (2 Thessalonians 2:11). But, we don’t allow him to go without a fight.

Right now, the strong man of deceit and rebellion is fully armed and guards (name of child) closely. Yet, in Your Name and in Your Righteousness, we come against those spirits, with One who is far stronger. In the Name of Jesus, we bind up rebellion, deceit, and anger (other characteristics may be mentioned here) within (child’s) life. We demand that these spirits go to where the Lord Jesus Himself would send them. Jesus, we ask that as You attack, Yours would be the victory to overpower – granting the ________ family Your victory.


In Your Name, we push back these adversaries and through Your Name, we trample down those who rise up against them (Psalm 44:4-5). In Your Name, we ask that You take away the armor on which these spirits have relied so long, leaving them fearful, weak and helpless. I pray that You will even take the very things which the enemy was using against (child), purify them and return them to him in order that he can use them as plunder against the evil one one day (Luke 11:21-22). We claim this — not because we have power within ourselves, but because You have given us authority to tread upon these slimy serpents and their power, without injury to our own faith (Luke 10:19).

Bind up a quarrelsome spirit from (parents), in order that they may have gentleness to correct (child) in these days of opposition. Please, O Lord, please, grant (child) repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth as You bring him to his senses (2 Timothy 2:24-26).
We pray these things because of Your holiness and not our own. Comfort, heal, and refresh – because of Who You are. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.