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Praying for our Prodigal

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January 10, 2016

Dear Julie:

I have a son who is addicted to drugs. He was saved about eight years ago but continues down this road. Because of his addiction, he has done terrible things. His father and I are so lost in this situation. We have tried our very best to support him, give him a home, pay for rehab and pray our hearts out for him to be lifted out of this bondage. We are considering making him leave our home and letting him go. What would God expect us to do? That’s the question that’s eating us up. We want to do the right thing, but honestly don’t think we can keep this torment up. I think often of the Prodigal Son and dream of him coming home broken but healed. –Praying for our Prodigal
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Dear Praying:

My heart aches for you. It’s a tough spot you’re in. You want so much to do the right thing and sometimes there are no easy answers. One thing is sure: we are to love one another. Sometimes tough love helps in these situations. And asking him to leave, while it would break your hearts, MAY be what you need to do.

Here’s what others have done–You must prayerfully decide if this is best for you. Tell your son that you love him and will always be there for him, but you’ve done all you know to do. Now it’s between him and the Lord. Maybe you need to get out of the way, let him go, and let God deal with him.

The great news is he’s a believer and the Holy Spirit will never leave or forsake him. (Hebrews 13:5). Your son may FEEL like you’ve cast him out so be prepared for that and brace yourselves. You and God know the truth. You didn’t say how old he is but I’m presuming he’s grown. If still a minor, can you visit with your doctor and/or pastor and get helpful advice from them? I’d also suggest doing an Internet search asking how to get help for someone with addictions. My prayer for you is that your dream of your son returning to you broken but healed will come true, sooner rather than later. God bless you. Julie

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2 Responsesto “Praying for our Prodigal”

  1. Debbie Cameron says:

    I’ am so very sorry that your family is going through this my family and I have been going through a this for about 10 years. We have four beautiful daughters and three have had drug and alcohol addictions. For years I have prayed for them. Asking God to help us and to help them but never really left it in His hands. About a year ago when it was tearing my marriage
    Apart we finally had to say enough is enough, we had to kick our youngest out of the house, she couch surfed and was homeless for a period of time. It was the hardest thing as a mother to do. I look back on it now and know I should have left it in Gods hands sooner without taking it back. One of my daughter is clean now for 5 years, one has been clean now for almost a year, she may be looking at prison time but has gone through a treatment program, has a job and is living clean and sober until her trial date in September and my youngest is clean and sober for 9 months! Our story is long and so much to tell but I have learned to put it in Gods hands and trust Him. He is my source
    Of hope. I know that the plans He has for my girls is so much more than I can begin to imagine. I keep watching as my girls
    Change each day and thank Him each day for a
    Chance to see it! My motto (hard learned) is one day at a time letting go and trusting God!

  2. Julie Admin says:

    Thank you, Debbie, for sharing your story with us. Yes, God is the answer and our source of hope in all things.

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