A Prayer for an Adult Child Who Is Wandering (Kathleen Nielson)

These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

John 20:31

You may personally know the pain of watching a child wander without faith in Christ. We ache for these children.

And we pray. Even as our hearts ache, we pray. For these wanderers, we pray-and nothing makes us pray more, often persisting through years of petition, not knowing the answer to our prayers.

As we pray, we come to grasp the comfort and the power of prayer to the Lord, who sees into every heart. In these prayers, we learn to rest in what we know-or whom we know, the sovereign and loving Lord of all.

A Prayer for a Wanderer

Lord God, I do not know and cannot see her heart, but all her steps appear to turn away from you, away from light and life found in your Son.

I know, Lord, that you see into the darkest heart; your perfect wisdom lays out all our paths.

Please turn her feet and move her heart toward you, toward life in Christ, I pray.

I do not know just how you might ordain to call her to yourself to find eternal life and life abundant, through believing in your Son.

I know that you have given your breathed-out Word, the writings that can make us wise for salvation as we believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, the living Word made flesh to save us. Please, by your Spirit and your people, speak your Word of life into her heart, I pray.

I do not know the ways in which her story will unfold, or how your perfect purposes will guide her path.

I know with thankful heart that you have sent your Son to give us life. I know you, Lord, and live in you. I trust in you, even as I daily ask, please lead her to believe in Christ your Son, I pray.

*Excerpted from Prayers of a Parent for Adult Children by Kathleen Nielson. You may want to check out the entire series of Prayers of Parent books.

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