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Potent Parent Prayers: Pulling out prisoners

God is in the business of freeing captives. He always has been.

What about when kids choose dangerous friends or cozy up to peers who rebel against God or seem to ignore Him altogether? As a parent, have you ever felt like your children are stuck in the clutches of evil’s company?

We certainly have. Honestly, I believe anyone is redeemable in the Lord’s hands. Some people simply seem extra scary. Perhaps it’s the way they parade their outright disdain for God and His ways. One of our kids (not long ago) began spending an inordinate amount of time with a handful of young people who boasted openly about their very risky behaviors and their tangles with local law enforcement. Sure, most of these stories turned out to be embellished greatly, but their chosen path was evident.

Thank God, He snatched our dear one from this scary circle. And He poked my heart until I started praying regularly for some of these other kids, who seem to be drifting without direction and driving headlong into deeper dangers.

Is God able to turn this trouble around?

Absolutely. Rescuing the rebellious and those who reject Him is the Lord’s specialty. If you are a believer, then you have experienced this miracle firsthand already. He did it for us, and He can do it for our kids who need to know Him as well.

But this is what the Lord says: “Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.” (Isaiah 49:25, NIV)

Victorious One, we plead for the freedom of our children. Break patterns of rebellion for Your Name’s sake. Be honored by their hearts, as You transform them and lead them into Your family of faith. If they already followed You, but have turned aside, draw them back. Contend with those who would lead them into temptation and soul peril, and save them for Your Kingdom. We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.
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