Your son or daughter may live, eat, and sleep in your house, but is he/she a long way from home spiritually? Nothing can be as discouraging for parents as seeing their teens turn away from the Lord in spite of their good efforts to raise them in the nurture of the Lord.
What’s a parent to do? As someone who empathizes with your heartache, I suggest that you soak in His word. You’ll find that the Lord will supply you with cool water for your journey. The Lord understands rejection, and He’s also a powerful Friend who saves souls and brings prodigals home.
Remind yourself over and over again (daily!) that your Almighty God desires that none should perish. The Lord Jesus intercedes before the throne of grace for your loved ones. The Holy Spirit is at work in their hearts tenderly drawing them. Remember the miracle of your own salvation. He replaced your heart of stone with a heart that desires Him. He can do this same work of grace in your loved one’s heart.
The book, Praying for Prodigals, by James Banks may be helpful in giving you new ways to pray for your teen.
Here are some verses from God’s Word to refresh and renew you as you wait for a miracle in your teen’s heart:
Psalm 146:5 -6 (NASB)
How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in the Lord his God; Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever.
2 Thessalonians 2:16 – 17 (NIV)
May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who loved us and by His grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
(Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself gives us eternal encouragement and good hope?)
Jeremiah 31: 16 – 17 (NASB)
Thus says the Lord, Restrain your voice from weeping, And your eyes from tears; For your work shall be rewarded, declares the Lord. And they shall return from the land of the enemy. And there is hope for your future, declares the Lord, And your children shall return to their own territory.
Persevere in prayer and know that the Lord hears your every plea. Be careful not to allow your emotions to rise and fall based on what you see on the outside. One thing you can be sure of is that the Lord’s work is being done on the inside…deep within hearts. Your teen is blessed by having a parent like you who loves him or her.
Looking forward with you to a harvest of souls redeemed by the Lamb,