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How To Reach Your Prodigal On THEIR Turf

“Many in the church today are being held captive spiritually, not because of the enemy’s power, but because we do not clearly understand our authority and calling in Christ…  As we begin to understand the hope of His calling, we will begin to walk in an abundant life of freedom and power.” Angie Weaver

That quote is so true!  We have more power than many of us realize.

When crying out to God for answers to your prayers for your prodigal, why not go directly to the source of the trouble?  I don’t mean physically going to the places where they hang out.  Nor to stand face to face with the very people who enticed your adult child to leave their family, their faith, all of it.  Those situations and locations can be dangerous, depending on what your child is up to.

Reaching How to Reach Your Prodigal On Their Turf

While we don’t want to enter the dark world of satanic forces, the Lord is not afraid of it.  Jesus Christ has dominion over satan.  He doesn’t buckle under with fear.

In elementary grammar class, I learned to capitalize proper nouns. I don't capitalize the word satan because he is not proper. At. All. Click To Tweet

Your prodigal may hang around evil, but no darkness is beyond our Lord.  The light of Christ pierces the darkness to expose satan for all his schemes.

I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night —
but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
Psalm 139:11-12

You know who has the influence in your child’s rebellion.  Block satan’s attack. “But how?” you might ask.  If you are a Christian, you have the power to meet your prodigal on their turf, no matter the crowd that surrounds them!

My husband recites this quote whenever we have an adult child making poor choices.

“Play stupid games, get stupid prizes.”

When your kids are in (adult) rebellion, you know where they are playing (sometimes a dangerous game).  You are not stupid.  You know the games they play by the trail of consequences behind them in the wake of their lifestyle.  You’ve probably asked (even begged) God to bring your child out of that life of sin.

While waiting, you have an important job to do.  The word job makes it seem like it’s something we don’t want to do – at least initially.  And, it is work that requires time and discipline.  Let me explain.  We have the authority to bind satan.  Our prayers play a vital part in releasing the power of the Lord to conquer all.  Meet your prodigal on THEIR turf through prayer.

How To Meet Your Prodigal On THEIR Turf

Point #1:  Do not fear satan.

Look, I have given you authority over all the power of
the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and
scorpions AND CRUSH THEM (emphasis mine). 
Nothing will injure you.” (Jesus said in Luke 10:19)

See?  You have nothing to fear.  Through your faith in Christ,  you have complete control (dominion) over satan.

Point #2:  Activate the power you have NOW over satan.

Through prayer, reach out and bind satan to stop him in his tracks.  You are now on satan’s turf of sorts, but remember.  You have no reason to fear him.  As a believer, you have the protection of the Holy Spirit.

We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do.
We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons,
to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and
to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud
obstacle that keeps people from knowing God.  We
capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them
to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)

Point #3:  Authoritatively claim our Lord’s Mighty Power you have through faith in Jesus.

I think we live in naivete over the power we have at our fingertips through prayer.  Jesus came to not only redeem us from our sins but to break satan’s headship over us that was gained in The Garden of Eden.  Jesus now rules over the affairs of the earth, not satan.

And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven,
and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
(Matthew 16:19)

In Jesus’s name, block satan from any further attempts to get at your child. Loose satan’s grip of influence over your child.  Bind satan’s efforts as null and void.  Whatever we loose or bind on earth through prayer will be done in heaven.

Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do,
that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
(John 14:13-14)

Doesn’t that give you comfort and assurance that your prayers are actionable?  Through the power of Jesus’s name, we have that authority to pray in confidence for the will of our Heavenly Father to be done.  You know it is God’s will for your child to escape a sinful life!  So, be confident.  And diligent.

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Point #4:  Take a disciplined and diligent approach, knowing that . . .

The earnest prayer of a righteous person has
great power and produces wonderful results.
(James 5:16b)

You may not see results for months and months, but your child will say at some point that they knew deep down all along in their journey that God was with them.  And that they started to see the futility of continuing on the dark path.  Thus begins the (sometimes slow) turn-around.

I’ve heard it said that we only need to pray a prayer once and God will hear us.  Yes, absolutely that is true!  But sometimes our diligence releases the power to break through into enemy territory.  The parable of the persistent widow is a perfect example of this. (See the full story in Luke 18:1-8.)

Even he rendered a just decision in the end.
So don’t you think God will surely give justice
to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night?
Will he keep putting them off?” (Mark 18:7)

 Point #5:  Seek help from others through prayer and fasting.

Early on in our prodigal season, two of my long-distance friends offered to pray and fast on a certain day each week.  The three of us were bound together like a triple-thread cord, forming the strongest of ropes.

Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.
(Mark 9:29)

It was such comfort to envision, just as with Moses, looking out over the battle field and seeing success as his (and my) arms were raised in victory.  As he tired, Aaron and Ur held up his arms for him.  My two friends did that through their commitment to pray for our entire family.  What a beautiful picture of friendship!  What would we do without our best friends?  (Don’t get me wrong, though.  Many others were praying, too.)

Esther gives us another example.

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and gather
together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me.  Do not eat
or drink for three days, night or day.  My maids and I will
do the same.  And then, though it is against the law, I will go
in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” (Esther 4:15-16)

It was a life or death matter.  Due to the faithfulness of all, God’s grace was showered on Esther’s life.  King Xerxes accepted her request to approach him with her request, which in time resulted in the Jews being saved from annihilation.

Reaching How to Reach Your Prodigal On Their Turf

Do these biblical points help you understand and embrace the authority and strength we have through Jesus?  Do you see how you can turn the tide in your prodigal’s circumstances through effectual prayer?

You can do it!

Because He lives~

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