20 Scriptures to Pray Over a Prodigal Child

Claiming Scriptures to prayer for your prodigal child, and partnering with God is something all parents can do. It is also the most powerful thing to do for that child. God’s Word has power, and when we claim those powerful promises of Scripture and pray them for our prodigal child, God’s power will go to work in their heart.


It will do things that we are not capable of doing because His Word has power that our words or actions don’t have.

God’s Word is a weapon that we have to use when praying for our children, and it is one that the enemy cannot prevail against! (Hebrews 4:12)

It is important to remember that even if your prodigal child doesn’t want to hear anything from God’s Word, they cannot stop you from praying His Word over them. 

Here are 20 Scriptures to Pray Over a Prodigal Child

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1. John 8:32

Lord,  I pray that ____________will know the truth and the truth will set him/her free.

2. Romans 8:38,39

Thank you Lord, that nothing can separate  ___________ from Your love.

3. Romans 12:12

Lord, help me to be joyful in hope and faithful in prayer for  ___________.

4. Jeremiah 31:16

Father, thank You for the promise that my faithful work will be rewarded, and that You will bring  _______ back from the enemy.

5.Philippians 1:6 

God, thank You that You will complete the good work that You began in ___________.

6. Acts 26:18

God, I ask that You will open _________’s eyes, so he/she will turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to Your power.

These are powerful, Scriptural prayers to pray as the parent of a prodigal

7. I John 2:15

Lord, I pray that __________ will not love or enjoy the pleasures of this world.

8. Psalm 34:8

Father, I ask that __________ will taste Your goodness, and know Your kindness.

9. Ephesians 3:18,19

Help _________ to know and understand Your great for him/her.

10. Deuteronomy 6:5

Lord, I pray that You will draw ___________ back to Yourself, and help him/her to love You with all of his/her heart, soul, and strength.

11.  James 5:16

God, thank You for the promise you give in Scripture that You will answer the prayers of a righteous person, and those prayers will accomplish much.

12. II Chronicles 20:12

God, when I don’t know what to do concerning ____________, help me to turn my eyes to You, and keep them on You. 

13. Matthew 19:26

Father, thank You that even though it seems like there is nothing that can possibly change the heart of __________, with You, ALL things are possible.

14. Psalm 139:7

God, I thank You that ______________ can never escape from Your spirit, or get away from Your presence. Thank you that You are always with _______.

15. Psalm  138:8

Thank You Lord that You will perfect Your plans for ______________, and You won’t forsake him/her.

More Scriptures to Pray Over a Prodigal Child

16. Micah 6:8

Lord, please help _____________ to do what is right, love mercy, and walk humbly with You.

17. Psalm 19:13

God, don’t let ______________ do wrong purposefully, and don’t allow sin to have control over his/her life.

18. James 4:7

Lord, please help ________  to submit to You, and resist the devil so he will from him/her.

19. Ezekiel 11:19,20

God, I ask that You will put a new spirit in _________, soften his/her hard heart, and make it tender so he/she will obey You and walk in Your ways.

20. Isaiah 49:16a

Lord, I thank You that You have engraved ________ on the palm of Your hands.

To the Parent of a Prodigal Child,

God sees and knows the pain and heartache you feel. When you see your child straying and walking away from the truths of God’s Word, which you planted in his/her heart, it is devastating, but He cares. This is why He invites us to come to Him in prayer for these precious children. Even more important, He loves them even more than we do!

Claim His promises today, and confidently pray Scriptures for your prodigal child, and DON’T STOP PRAYING. You may not see the answer you want right away It may even take years, but God is faithful. He will never give up on your child, and neither should you!

Mom,  I know it can be tough to remain intentional in prayer. If you’ve ever struggled to know how or what to pray for your kids, you are not alone! If you need some help in the area of prayer or praying for your prodigal, grab my ebook Praying Through Proverbs!

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The greatest gift you can give to your kids is the gift of a praying parent. The power of God penetrates our children’s lives when we pray for them. But how many times have you struggled to know how or what to pray for your kids? It’s easy to either neglect praying for them regularly or to get stuck in a rut as we pray for them. Praying Through Proverbs for your children is a simple and powerful solution!


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