Praying for a Loved One Who is Lost

Are you struggling and going through some hardship right now? Do you find yourself in the midst of a great storm at the moment? Have you lost hope that your husband would never come to Christ? Are you longing to see your prodigal son return to your home again? Do you struggle to get into the Christmas spirit this season? Keep on reading! My prayer for you today is that this post will bring you great comfort and help you navigate through the storm.

One of the ways we can make it through the pain of grief over a lost loved one is by knowing that others will pray for us. Let me share some of the words my precious friend has sent me in an email the other day.

I was praying for you last night. For you and for your son. And while I prayed for your son I also prayed for my own missing sister, and for our friend’s missing son.

A number of things came to mind as I prayed. I thought about how this time of the year makes us all think about the birth of Jesus Christ. And about why Jesus came to earth. He came to seek and to save the lost. The lost like ourselves, before we trusted in Him. The lost like your son, my sister, and our friend’s son. God went to such incredible lengths to seek and save us and He stopped at nothing. Not even the cross. He will not give up on our loved ones. 

It occurred to me that we who have lost somebody have the possibility of understanding a little more of the anguish of our Father about His lost creation. While we lose sleep over one particular person, He never sleeps or slumbers. He watches over each and every one of us, saved or not. Not even a sparrow falls to the ground without Him noticing it. He knows where your prodigal son is and what he is doing. He will not leave him. One day, when you stand before God, you will be able to ask all of the why’s. That’s if you haven’t already found the answers in the meantime. The One who watches over your lost son is the only One who loves that boy more than you do.

As I considered this, another thought came to mind. I began to wonder why it is so much easier for me to believe that God will bring your son back to you than it is for me to believe that God will bring my sister back to me. I realised that it is also the same for the way I feel about my husband. I find it much easier to pray with confidence for God to save other people’s spouses but I find that when I pray for my own husband I see the barriers and the opposition to salvation far more than I see God’s amazing power. 

And I wonder if this is the reason why we are asked, told to pray for each other. It is so hard to pray for our own circumstances. We are so aware of all of the obstacles. We are so conscious of the difficulties. We know all to well that our loved ones have rejected or are rejecting God. And although we know that God is sovereign, we cannot see how there could be a way around these problems. When we pray for someone else, we are more aware of God than of the obstacles. It is easier to believe while we cannot see the storm. 

So I will continue to pray for your son knowing that God can work miracles. And I know that you will continue to pray for all of my situations, where it is easier for you to know that God is sovereign.

Do not lose hope, dear sisters in Christ. Press on! Keep on praying for one another this Christmas 2019 and throughout the coming year. May the LORD Jesus Himself be your Strength as you are facing your own struggles and praying for yours and others.

About Mirjam Fels

Born in Germany and called in the US to be a child of God in 1992. I'm now living in the Sunny South East of Ireland where I enjoy being a helper, homemaker, and writer. Some of my hobbies are baking breads and apple crumble cakes, knitting socks, crocheting things for the home, and sewing. I love to write about biblical womanhood, dog training, home education, and writing — all from a Christian perspective.
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