The Prodigal Child
Do you have a prodigal in your life?
Are you a prodigal child?
A prodigal child by definition is a child that rebels against his/her upbringing and shows extreme defiance for an extended time.
Andrea Merrill states in her book, Praying for the Prodigal, that more than 80% of children raised in church will leave the church after they turn 18. About half of those will return.
Jesus told a parable about the Prodigal son in Luke 15: 11-32
If you are a prodigal:
- What are you rebelling against?
- Who are you hurting most in the process? Is it yourself?
- Don’t be afraid to go home!
- Find a pastor or Christian counselor to speak with.
- Don’t forget that God Love YOU!
If you have a prodigal child:
- Keep loving them
- Pray without ceasing
- Establish boundaries
- Seek counseling
- Remember sometimes you have to get out of the way to allow God to work
- Don’t judge
- Listen when s/he is ready to talk
If you know someone with a prodigal:
- Don’t judge
- Pray for them and their child
Praying for the Prodigal by Andrea Merrill
Prodigals and Those Who Love Them by Ruth Graham Bell
Praying the Armor of God by Rick Steadman
Prayers for Prodigals: 90 Days of Prayer for Your Child by Dr. James Banks
Praying Prodigals Home by Quin Sherrer
Praying Your Prodigal Home by Richard A. Burr
Resources and Articles:
Loving Your Prodigal: A Focus on the Family Article
Loving the Prodigal Child Article
You will find posts about my life as a prodigal child here at Rebel to Redeemed: The Life of a Prodigal Child