Praying Scripturally for Prodigals

Then said the Lord to me… “You have seen well, for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:12 AMP


LORD watch over _____, keep _____ from harm, watch over his/her life; watch _____’s coming and going both now and forevermore. (From Psalm 121:5-8 NIV)

Lord, fulfill Your purposes for _____; Your love, LORD, endures forever—do not abandon the works of Your hands. (From Psalm 138:8 NIV)

Where can _____ go from Your Spirit? Where can _____ flee from Your presence? If he/she goes up to the heavens, You are there; if _____ makes his/her bed in the depths, You are there. If _____ rises on the wings of the dawn, if he/she settles on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide _____, Your right hand will hold him/her fast. (From Psalm 139:7-10 NIV)

Reach down Your hand from on high; deliver _____ and rescue him/her from the mighty waters, from the hands of foreigners whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful. (From Psalm 144:7-8 NIV)

May _____ fear the LORD and hate evil; may he/she hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. (From Proverbs 8:13 NIV)

Lord, You have engraved _____ on the palms of Your hands… (From Isaiah 49:16a NIV)

May _____ be Yours, and You will be _____’s God; and You will give him/her one heart and one way, that _____ may fear You always, for his/her own good, and for the good of _____’s children after him/her. (From Jeremiah 32:38-39 NASB)

May ______ call unto You and because You will answer him/her and tell him/her great and unsearchable things ______ does not know.” (From Jeremiah 33:3 NIV)

Lord, please give ______ an undivided heart and put a new spirit in him/her; remove from ______ his/her heart of stone and give him/her a heart of flesh. Then _____ will follow Your decrees and be careful to keep Your laws. _____ will be Yours and You will be his/her God. (From Ezekiel 11:19-20 NIV)

For this is what You, the Sovereign LORD, say: “I myself will search for _____ and look after him/her. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after _____. I will rescue _____ from all the places where he/she was scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.  (From Ezekiel 34:11-12 NIV. See also Ezekiel 36:26-27; 37:23b-24.)

“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, return to Me, with all your heart, and with fasting, weeping and mourning; and rend your heart and not your garments.” Lord, may ______ return to You, for You are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness … (From Joel 2:12-13 NASB)

May _____ love the Lord with all his/her heart and with all his/her soul and with all his/her mind. (From Matthew 22:37 NIV)

May _____ know the truth, the truth will set him/her free. (From John 8:32 NIV)

Open _____’s eyes so that he/she may turn from darkness to light and from the dominion of Satan to God, in order that he/she may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who have been sanctified by faith in Jesus. (From Acts 26:18 NASB)

May _____ not be ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. (From Romans 1:16a NASB)

Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for _____ to awaken from sleep; for now _____’s salvation is nearer than when he/she first believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore, let _____ lay aside the deeds of darkness, and put on the armor of light. (From Romans 13:11-12 NASB)

Lord, please create a desire in _____ to come out from among them and be separate. (From 2 Corinthians 6:17 NKJV)

God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may You give to _____ the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (From Ephesians 1:17 NASB)

This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that _____ should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. … May _____ put off, concerning his/her former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of his/her mind, and may _____ put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (From Ephesians 4:17-18 and 22-24 NKJV)

May _____ submit himself/herself, then, to God, resist the devil and he will flee from _____.  (From James 4:7 NIV)

Prayer of relinquishment
Lord, I’m not sure what it’s going to take to conform _____ to the image of Christ, but I release him/her into Your hands for You to conform to Your purposes and plans. I’m committed to love _____ and bless him/her however and whatever You do or he/she does.

Prayer of faith
Thank You, Jesus, that _____ will be coming home to You. We leave the day to You, Lord, but we wait believing. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth, and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall Your word be which goes forth from Your mouth; it shall not return empty without accomplishing what is desired, and without succeeding. (From Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB)