"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you." Ezekiel 36:26
How Should We Pray for Our Lost Loved Ones? by Denise Shick
Having a loved one who engages in ungodly gender or sexual behaviors is difficult and heart wrenching. Family members are not able to mend the sexual and relational brokenness the confused loved one has experienced.
But God can do what family members cannot do. Though our lives seem filled with pain, we must remember we are not powerless. God has given us a remarkable tool to fight on behalf of our confused loved ones. Prayer is our weapon, and no one can take it from us!
God has incomprehensible power, and you can be active on your loved one's behalf by becoming a prayer warrior.
The starting point in becoming a prayer warrior is to remember the price Jesus paid for all our sins, including those of your confused loved one. When Jesus died upon the cross, the price was paid-fully! This truth can give us confidence when approaching our loving God on behalf of our loved ones. Your loved ones belong to God, and it is time go to battle for them.
Don't lose heart in praying. Pray with persistence. When you rise in the morning, or before you lay your head down in the evening, find a peaceful place where you can have your "quiet time" with the Lord. Remember that Jesus encourages His followers to "pray and not give up" (Luke 18:1).
Ask for your loved one to have a thirst to come to Jesus and know Him, for He is filled with the love your loved one needs. Ask God to stir your loved one and give him or her a hunger to search for truth. Ask God to bring a loving, witnessing Christian to your loved one.
Finally, remember this: If you don't pray for your loved one, who will? No other person loves him or her like you do, so no one can pray with the heartfelt conviction you have.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
Dear God, You brought __________(your loved one's name) into existence for Your glory. I stand in the gap for my loved one, and I proclaim that the devil cannot have him (or her). I ask that my loved one be unable to escape You and the love You have for him (or her) so they he (or she) will reconsider his (or her) life and the decisions he (or she) has made. May my loved one understand the sin in his (or her) life and repent from it. Show him (or her) what he (or she) is doing wrong. I ask for a release of the wrongful ways and the bad influences in my loved one's life. I ask for my loved one to develop godly taste that directs him (or her) to You.
May God be glorified in and through my loved one. I ask in name of Jesus Christ that you take my loved one back to serve You. Loosen the chains of bondage; open his (or her) eyes from the darkness, and set my loved one free. Amen .