(Phil Waldrep) I can see it in their faces. They are parents who cry and pray for prodigals but nothing seems to work. They privately long for a rebellious son or daughter to turn from their sin and start serving the Lord. They live for the day when their wayward child comes home. In the story of the Prodigal Son, the father did everything right. His example gives us insight into what we should do for the Lord to get the attention of the one we love. Here are six things you can do to help bring your prodigal child back to Christ.

1. Stop feeling guilty and start walking in victory. As parents, we often feel we are responsible for the sinfulness of our children. It is easy to think that perfect parenting equals perfect kids. Then we assume the opposite must be true: imperfect kids are the result of imperfect parenting. Satan, who is the accuser of believers, takes that thought and starts inflicting guilt on us. We start spending our time wondering, “What did I do wrong?” The answer is probably nothing.

God didn’t do anything wrong with Adam and Eve but they rebelled. Judas walked with perfect love for three years and still betrayed Christ. You can be the world’s greatest parent and still have a child who walks away. Until the Holy Spirit reveals your error, you must spiritually walk as though you did nothing wrong. If you don’t, guilt will destroy your joy and will enable your prodigal to manipulate you. CONTINUE