Sin

How to Pray When Someone You Love Is Stuck in Sin

One reader recently asked this hard question . . .

“Can you write about how to pray for someone (like a dad or brother) struggling with sin?”

I can read between those lines. That question wasn’t hypothetical. It wasn’t based on something happening to someone else. She wants to know how to pray for someone struggling with sin because she knows and loves someone who fits the bill.

When the people closest to us sin, it hurts. Sin is destructive. When we are standing close by, we often get hit with shrapnel. I deeply admire this girl’s willingness to pray instead of simply assuming the position of duck and cover. But I don’t blame her for wondering, How am I supposed to pray about this?

The truth is, we all have a sin problem. That’s why we need Jesus so much. But if someone you love is trapped in a pattern of sin, or refuses to repent from sin the stakes can seem sky high. When I don’t know what to pray, I pray God’s Word. With that in mind, here are ten ways to pray for someone stuck in sin straight from Scripture.

1. Pray for them to see their sin as God sees it.

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear” (Isa. 59:2).

2. Pray for their hard heart to soften.

“And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezek. 36:26).

3. Pray for them to recognize the kindness of God.

“Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?” (Romans 2:4)

4. Pray for them to have a desire for God’s Word.

“But he answered, ‘It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God”‘” (Matt. 4:4).

5. Pray for God’s Word to do surgery in their heart.

“For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12).

6. Pray for the consequences of their sin to become clear to them.

“For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight so that you may be justified in your words and blameless in your judgment” (Ps. 51:3–4).

7. Pray for them to be surrounded by people who will speak truth into their life.

“My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins” (James 5:19–20).

8. Pray for them to recognize that only God can satisfy their deepest needs.

“For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things” (Ps. 107:9).

9. Pray for them to know how much God loves them.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:17–19).

10. Pray for them to repent.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 3:2).

Two prayers not to pray.

While you’re praying, here are two prayers not to pray . . .

1. Get ’em God prayers.

My pastor calls those prayers rooted in a desire for God to punish others as “get ’em God prayers.” If someone you love has sinned against you, these kinds of prayers may be tempting. Keep in mind that God has forgiven you of much, even though you don’t deserve it. Pray that He would do the same for others, even if they’ve hurt you.

2. Plank eye prayers.

We all sin. We all desperately need God’s forgiveness. This is important perspective when we are praying about sin in someone else’s life. If someone you know is stuck in sin, pray like crazy! But keep your own sin in mind.

Jesus put it this way, “’Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye’” (Matt. 7:3–5).

God is in the business of dealing with sin. There is no sin too big for Him to forgive and no sinner too far for God to take them back. As you wait for Him to do the miraculous redemptive work only He can do, keep praying with great expectation.

Do you know someone stuck in a pattern of sin? Which of these prayers will you start praying on their behalf?

About Author

Erin Davis

Erin is passionate about pointing young women toward God's Truth. She is the author of several books and a frequent speaker and blogger to women of all ages. Erin lives on a small farm in the midwest with her husband and kids. When she's not writing, you can find her herding goats, chickens, and children.

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  • Elizabeth Williams

    I have two family members whose hearts are very far from God right now. I’ve been praying for them for a while now, and this post is really encouraging! One of the things you mentioned, plank eye prayers(I love that, by the way lol), is something I can relate to. When I first started praying for them, I realized God had to change my heart as well. Now when I pray for them, I pray that God would also continue to change my heart. Also what you mentioned, get ’em God prayers, I know what you’re saying. However, I’ve been praying that God would do whatever He has to do in their life to bring them to repentance. Not because I want them to suffer for their actions or because I like seeing people pay, but because I know this is often how God works. He has to chasten us and bring us to a place of repentance. I think this is a great post because we all have people we know who either aren’t saved or who are saved, but their hearts are not right with God.

  • aliyah

    Yes! Amen! Do not put your brothers and sisters (or unbelievers) down before the throne of God.

    I have a friend who is “stuck” in a pattern of sin that hurts her and her family and all around her. I need to be more consistent at praying for her, so thank you for this reminder. Praise God!

  • Isabella Jo

    One of my really close friends is going through something that very few people know about. We are both praying because she knows it’s sin but she’s stuck in it. I wish I could help her more but since we are the same age, there is only so much I can do.. prayer being a major one! I want to go with her and tell an older person. I think this situation needs wiser advice than I have to offer. She isn’t ready to tell anyone older, but it needs to end! So I am praying not only will she overcome Satan’s grasp on this area of her life but also ask for help from someone older.
    As I help her through this, I have got to keep in mind the “plank eye prayer”! We are all sinners and all fall short of His glory (Rom. 3:23). We all need help and I can’t forget that I have my own issues to overcome as well!
    Amazing post.. so helpful!

    • Leah

      I can relate to this situation and I’ll definitely be praying for you and your friend. It’s hard to know stuff like that and to feel like there’s no way you can turn… I would recommend taking to an older, wiser woman which you seem to want to do. You don’t have to tell anyone who exactly your friend is; talk to someone that you trust to keep things quiet. It doesn’t have to be someone you know well and you don’t have to say any names. But counsel from the wise is a true gift from God; one that can help so much in times like this. I know it can feel like such a person is nonexistent, but often God will provide what seems impossible. He certainly did provide for me, when I was in your situation. Hope all goes well for you and for your friend.
      <3 Leah

    • Sarah @ Revive Our Hearts

      @Isabella Jo…That is a very difficult place to walk with a friend. You are right; your friend needs to tell someone older and find help in getting it into the “light” so she can find freedom. Perhaps you can ask her if it is ok if you tell a godly, older person (so she doesn’t have to face doing that)–and then let that person lead in helping her. If she refuses that, you may have to risk the friendship in order to find help for her. Getting help is perhaps the greater thing for a friend to do, than to just walk with her. Know this–I am praying for you today and asking God to give you wisdom, discernment and understanding in what to do. “He will be the stability of your times–a wealth of salvation, understanding and wisdom” (Isa. 33:6).

    • Isabella Jo

      Sarah and Leah,

      Thank you so much! Ever since I have started joining in on certain conversations, it’s like I have an entire family here. All these girls posting and all the writers… I am just connecting with all of you! God has placed y’all in my life and I look forward to every blog and every comment! I thank God I have you guys! You’re all like the sisters I always wanted! (I actually have three sisters that I love dearly! :D)

      • erinleedavis

        You do have a family here! You’re my girls…I’d put your pictures on my refrigerator if I could. (That would be a BIG fridge!)

        Grace and Peace!

        Erin Davis

    • erinleedavis

      Isabella Jo,

      I am so glad she has a friend like you. Yes, keep encouraging her to seek older, wise counsel. I understand why she doesn’t want to. That’s a hard step! But so much freedom can be found there. Have you offered to go with her as she tells her mom or youth pastor.

      Also, keep praying like crazy. I know that can feel like a small thing but it’s actually HUGE!

      Grace and Peace!

      Erin

      • Isabella Jo

        I have talked to her about going to an older person. She isn’t quite ready. It’s hard because, from my view, the longer she waits the more it will hurt. But my heart isn’t the one stuck in the sin like her heart is. Although, my heart is involved and it does hurt because I know what she is struggling with. So I don’t know how far I should go to help her out since it isn’t me that is stuck. But, if I flip the situation around and use an example of a sin I am stuck in, I don’t always see it or think I need help. Others may have to step in and take the initiative for me. Which is what I would want, and what I think I need to do for my friend. It is going to hurt. She’ll be “exposed” in a sense. But the freedom she’ll have, the true freedom, after overcoming this is beyond the world’s freedom (Does the world even have freedom to offer?) The freedom she needs, the freedom we all need comes from God alone. And I want that for her so bad!

        • erinleedavis

          Isabella Jo,

          Keep praying and speaking Truth. God will work in His timing and you can trust that timing to be perfect.

          Grace and Peace!

          Erin

  • Katy Be

    So refreshing! Loved all of the points

  • Sharla

    Thanks so much for the post! I loved all the points!!!

  • Emily

    This was so very much needed right now! Thanks so much!!

  • Gabrielle

    This was a great post. Thanks!! 🙂 Sometimes it’s hard knowing actually what to pray when a loved one is caught up in sin because you are so affected and grieved about the whole situation. My top prayer would be, “Lord, show them their state and rescue.” (That’s a prayer I’ve started to pray for someone I know who may or may not be saved by God’s grace.) All the prayers you mentioned were great also!!

    • erinleedavis

      Gabrielle,

      That’s a beautiful prayer. We all need reminded of our real state and God’s rescue, don’t we?

      Grace and Peace!

      Erin Davis

  • Elaine

    This was so timely! Instead of someone else I’m concerned about I am the one who has been stuck in the same sin for years. It’s not a sin that I’ve ever heard someone preach against but non-the-less it has been something that has been a big chasm in my relationship with the Lord. I know I need to turn my back on it and I’ve been up and down but it’s a constant fight. i often get discouraged because it seems as soon as I repent I get drug back into it again. This was a new encouragement to get back up and fight with the sword of the spirit. Any other practical advice about ending a recurring sin?

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      Thank you for your honesty, Elaine. You are not alone, friend. Paul himself
      referenced the battle you’ve described in
      Romans 7, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh; for the wishing is present in me, but the
      doing of the good is

      not. For the good that I wish, I do not do; but I
      practice the very evil that I

      do not wish. But if I am doing the very thing I do
      not wish, I am no longer the

      one doing it, but sin which dwells in me..
      Wretched man that I am! Who will set

      me free from the body of this death?” Paul then
      answers his own question in

      saying…its Jesus! It’s JESUS that sets us free.
      It’s Jesus, in His life, death,

      and resurrection that gave us the power to fight
      the sin we so despise in our

      own lives.

      So would you take some time to consider the truths in these two past post,
      http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/theres-a-hole-in-my-sidewalk/ and
      http://www.liesyoungwomenbelieve.com/serenas-secret-sin/. And also in this short video clip called Fight For Joy by John Piper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p0fH8TDL5I&feature=related.

      Oh, how I’m praying this morning that you will know the freedom that is yours in
      Christ as you persevere in this battle, precious friend!!

      Would love to hear how God shows Himself strong in your life in the days ahead,
      Elaine!

      Grace and peace,
      Carrie

      • Elaine

        Thank you so much Carrie! I am encourage to pick up my armor anew and continue to fight knowing that Jesus alone can give me more than enough strength to resist the sin he has already conquered.

        • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

          Praise our great God, Elaine! Thank you for letting me know.

          Press on, precious friend…for the sake of our King Jesus and His glorious Kingdom.

  • Chris Malkemes

    Erin. What wisdom and reality. Let us pray….but not come boldly to the throne with our own agenda. Let us pray…not with a proud of place. Let us pray…with humbleness, boldness and in God’s Word. Let us pray to move mountains and expand the kingdom of God for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus. Yes, Erin. Let us pray. (I copied this post and placed it in my Bible to memorize the scriptures and remember to pray with a move to God’s heart not mine) Thank you again, Erin. ~Chris~

  • janie

    Erin, I truly love this post. Thank you for sharing

  • Christa

    Thank-you Erin for this post!
    A former Youth Pastor Daughter’s is dressing in some ways innapproiately and her and her mother are teaching other young girls to dress modestly. Then I see the clothes her daughter wears on Facebook and I’m thinking to myself she is not setting a good example sometimes. I told her mother and she sent me a message back and sounded pretty ticked off because her daughter was an adult 18 and can make her own choices. She should be holding her daughter’s wardrobe to a higher standard. Am I wrong? I was thinking about confronting her daughter too out of love. Sister-to-sister in Christ. Am I wrong to do that?

    • That’s a tough one, Christa. I would encourage you to pray about it and ask the Lord to open a door if He wants you to speak with her. If you already have a relationship with her, that would grant you opportunities that you might not have if you do not have a relationship with her. Erin wrote a blog on this exact topic in our True Woman blog. Please check it out and know that I’ve prayed this afternoon for your wisdom, discernment and grace in this tender situation.

      What to Say to that Immodestly Dressed Girl at Church http://www.truewoman.com/?id=3071

  • Ruth Mota Bodden

    Thanks the Lord, for you use, was a great help for me. Regards

  • Maggie

    I’m really scared that I am in danger of falling away because of my sins, and I just don’t know what else to do…I have gone to almost everything I can think of and it seems to just give me a brief hope and an emotional response but no real good comes of it. I’m afraid t talk to anyone about it because I wonder if that will just make it worse… any help?
    I’m really afraid that I’m not saved. About two or so years ago, after a really long stretch of doubt and frustration, I thought that I accepted Christ into my life and I was pretty confident of my salvation for a long time. but then I woke up one day to the fact that I was living in sin. I immediately quit the sin, but I took forever to willingly get rid of the thing that was causing me to sin, and it made me pretty frustrated with God…and the shame of the sin just wouldn’t go away. so I started to really seek forgiveness in the Bible and instead it opened my eyes to the fact that I don’t think I was really a follower of Jesus. and as a result I stopped being able to firmly believe that God even loved me or would forgive me, even if I did believe in Jesus. I sort of knew this wasn’t true so I would then try to really focus my belief in Jesus and rest my hope in the gospel. but the doubt would resurface and again I would get doubting, and fall even further away in fear. after so many times of falling away I got to a point where I was afraid to read the Bible because I just didn’t know if I was trusting Jesus. of course this had its own complications too, because then I was prone to act in frustration and further drive home to myself the fact that I wasn’t saved. the cycle continued…doubt, brief moment of assurance, some lasting for days and me really being relieved and ready to get my Christian walk going, all the wonder of salvation seeming to be coming to life, then it would suddenly stop and I would be consumed by fear and condemnation and unbelief…
    I kept thinking it couldn’t get worse but it keeps getting even worse, and its gotten so miserable that I’m really scared of this growing desire in the back of my mind to just give up. I KNOW that that is not the right path though!!! I get so scared by my apparent desire to just stop trying, its like this blinding fog has come in and obscured the truth and urgency of the gospel. sometimes I am so frustrated by my inability to be saved that I almost don’t even want to press into the gospel, because I really am afraid of being falsely assured… I just cant seem to overcome it, and I’m really afraid of falling away because I know that leads to real condemnation. . yet I am afraid to wholeheartedly believe because it seems that doubt and unbelief are just around the corner no matter how much belief in the gospel I have.
    I am really scared of all this that is in my heart…if anyone has any help or advice I would be so appreciative… I really wish I could really once and for all fall at Jesus’s feet and trust Him because I know there is no life or peace or heaven without Him.

    • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

      Precious Maggie, I’m so glad you’ve shared a bit of your struggle.

      My heart breaks knowing the battle you’ve experienced as you seek to be
      assured of your salvation. The really good news is that 1 John 5:13 tells us that not only does God want us to know if we have a relationship with Him, but that it is possible to know! “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life” (I John 5:13). You can know, without a doubt, that you are a child of God, friend!

      So based upon God’s Word, here’s what’s true, Maggie. Our salvation does not
      depend upon us, doing or saying or being the right thing. We are born in
      sin (Romans 5:12); dead in our trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1). There is
      nothing we could ever do to attain the favor of a perfect and holy God. In
      fact our sin requires death (Rom. 6:23). That’s why Jesus – the perfect, sinless, Son of God – took on our sinfulness in order that we might receive the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinth. 5:21). In His great love and mercy He made a way – JESUS – for sinners like you and me to be made holy and righteous.

      When we acknowledge our desperate need for a Savior and place our faith in Jesus
      works – His life, death, and resurrection – He makes us sons and daughters
      of the King of king. We are transferred from the kingdom of darkness into
      the Kingdom of His precious Son Jesus. Our hope and the assurance of our salvation comes in knowing that we have placed our faith and trust in Jesus’ life, death and resurrection and not our own works or “ righteousness”.

      If your faith is in Jesus then your sins have been forgiven, precious friend.
      You don’t have to live in shame, guilt and condemnation any longer! It’s the enemy who desires to overshadow the love and grace of your Savior. He is a liar and the father of lies. God’s Word promises that He hears the cries of those who call out to Him
      and is quick to forgive when we come to Him. You can stand on those promises,
      my friend.

      Would you check out this short video clip by Pastor John Piper (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6p0fH8TDL5I&feature=related)? It will help you understand how, as followers of Jesus, we fight sin!

      Then, when you have a bit more time, consider listening or watching the video of
      a series we did on Revive Our Hearts entitled, Approved (https://www.reviveourhearts.com/resource library/Programs/series/Approved%2520%2528Carrie%2520Gaul%2529/?flavour=full

      In this series I tell the story of how God has taught me, through His Word,
      what it means to place our faith in Christ.

      I am praying today, sweet friend, that you will find the peace, joy, and freedom that is yours in Christ Jesus.

      Grace and peace,
      Carrie

      P.S.
      Would love to hear what you think about the video/radio series.

      • Maggie

        thank you and I’m sorry it took me this long to respond:) thank you so much for this. I haven’t had time yet to listen to the series but I did really benefit from the video clip! I have so many times fought sin so that God approves of me, and it always gets down to me trying to earn His love. but at the same time I am always afraid to not try, just in case.
        I am so glad that salvation is this simple!!! I have acknowledged a thousand and one times my sinfulness and my desperate need for a savior, and many many times have put all of my faith and hope in Him…but what if I have times of “backing out” of that faith or wanting to? does that mean that my original faith wasn’t saving faith? because it seems like I have trusted Jesus this way before but it always goes out. sometimes my heart seems to play tricks on me and lead me very far away from God, and I get really scared that it means my original faith wasn’t saving faith. Its like satans lies get right to me and I start to believe them way too quickly… is it possible( probably a silly question) to trust Jesus the right way but still not be able to feel it or solidify the trust in your mind all the time? hope all those questions made sense…thank you so much:):)

        • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

          So sorry for the delay in responding, Maggie! You’ve asked great questions. Yes, yes, YES, we don’t always “feel” saved or “feel” that our trust is enough. That’s why our faith is based on fact – the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. You can rest in that, Maggie.

          If you’re able to get a copy of Elyse Fitzpatrick’s devotional book, Comforts From the Cross, I think you would find it so very helpful in the battles you are facing. If you aren’t able to purchase your own copy, you may email me at info@reviveourhearts.com and I’ll see that you get a copy of your own.

          Abundant blessings to you today, Maggie!
          Carrie

        • daniel

          Now that you have believed , confess the Lord Jesus as Lord and Savior , and pray for wisdom and understanding, believe in His power , and ask for the Holy Spirit to help you to overcome the bondage from the old man. Your old self is crucified with Christ so that the body of sin may die .You are a new creation, but Christ must be formed within you , your faith must be worked out , pray for the love of God to enter your body and life , and it is His love that surpasses all knowlege and that is the beauty of our savior Jesus , and how He will begin to transform you.Jesus despised the shame but He has taken all sin and all shame to the cross!your old identity in sin is dead once you begin believing upon Jesus and the finished work at the cross, that you are now risen with Jesus as a new creation and He is authoring and finishing your faith until completion

    • Barbara Melanson

      My thought is that you need to investigate the Catholic Church…it must be an authentic Catholic Church because many of the churches have become wishy-washy on morality issues and jut “go along to get along.” Having the sacraments (Holy Communion and Confession, both of which were instituted by Christ himself. The gospels of Matthew and John will show this) is the difference for me…………confession is such a gift. It’s a chance to dump all the doubts and fears where they can be ministered to by a priest who can then absolve you of all sins. It’s marvelous………watch EWTN television (stands for Eternal Word Television Network)……it’s an education and deepen your faith and answers questions. I will pray for you.

      • Carrie @ Revive Our Hearts

        I hope you don’t mind me jumping in, Barbara.

        While Christ did indeed institute Communion ( The Lord’s Supper) and confession of our sins to one another is part of the healing process in our lives ( James 5:16),
        Scripture never mentions, nor infers that our sins can be forgiven ( absolved)
        by anyone other than God Himself…even the Pharisees knew this ( Mark 2:7).

        Yes, when we are wronged, we are to forgive one another. But God alone forgives our sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Death is the penalty for sin (Rom. 6:23). Christ alone paid that price.

    • daniel

      Abraham received the Gospel by faith in the promise God made to Abraham. Abraham had been shown the promise, the promises made to Abraham belong to the Seed promised to Abraham. The Seed is not plural, its singular and youve guessed that right, its Jesus Christ, the author and finisher of our faith! Jesus said in John 8 that abraham had rejoiced on the day of seeing the day of the Lord, Jesus was revealed to Abraham and Abraham received righteousness by faith in the promise!by faith in Jesus , by faith in the finished work and in the power of His blood , the cross , and by faith not by self righteousness or eho of trying to make amends right where Jesus has already shed His own blood do we receive the redemption and forgiveness of sins through His blood, and only by His work . No sacrifice is pleasing to the Lord, only that of Jesus! no law can produce righreousness..the law was not given to Abraham although Abraham gave offering and sacrifice to God, even the offering and sacrifice was provided by God Himself. Abraham had faith that both he and his son isaac would return over the mountain when commanded to sacrifice isaac, it was by faith in knowing God is loving ans good that Abraham received the Gospel about Jesus , the Seed of promise who would redeem man and dwell with man eternally. raise your eyes to Jesus, He is the Lord and His work is finished, by faith enter His rest and allow His love to pour out on you and change you ,work your faith out. Romans 10:17

    • JM

      what you need to do is ask God for forgiveness and peace will be yours 🙂 if we don’t confess our sin it will hound us forever until we do. believe me…I’ve been there. God bless you as you strive to serve Him !

  • Brenda

    I do my boyfriend his addiction with meth has gone to far, he hits me and accuses me of things just his mind playing tricks I ask that you pray for the three of us me for strength to not give up on him and give him the love and attention he needs. Him for his addiction and his anger,jealousy and most important to open his eyes and heart to god and fallow into his path.for my 4month old son to grow strong and not fallow into the steps as he grows

    • Oh my friend, my heart goes out to you. You are indeed in a difficult situation. You need to be safe. Do whatever you need to so that you and your son are safe. It will take making some very difficult decisions. Where can you go so that you are not in danger? Your boyfriend needs help in overcoming his addiction. First he has to admit he has a problem and then be humble enough to ask for help. What you will be doing by removing yourself from this situation for a time is called “tough love”. I encourage you to speak to your pastor about this or the pastor of a Bible teaching church. Get the help you need to provide a safe environment for yourself and for your son. I’m praying for you, Brenda! I’m asking God to show you who you can go to for help. I”m asking God to give you the courage to make some very hard decisions in these days. I’m also praying that God will do whatever it takes to bring your boyfriend to the place where he realizes he need help and he needs Jesus Christ.

  • cryptical

    Just want to thank you for this excellent article. It’s encouraged me and guided me in how to pray for someone I care about who is stuck in sin. I have been feeling like giving up, but these are powerful prayers. It’s not the first time I’ve been blessed by content on your site. Thank you for your ministry (although I’m not such a young woman, lol), and God bless you.

    • Sarah, with Revive Our Hearts

      Thank you, cryptical. We are blessed to hear you are encouraged to continue in prayer for this one stuck in sin. “The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” (Ps. 34:15) Bless you.

      And we rejoice that God has used this site to bless you! 🙂 You have blessed us in return! May God’s grace and peace be yours in abundance (2 Pet. 1:2).

  • serenity

    Is it wrong to pray that the pleadures of sin would come to an end and for their sin to find them out?

    • Sarah, with Revive Our Hearts

      Not a bad prayer at all. It’s not even bad to pray for God’s peace to be found in them whatever it takes–whatever it takes for them to find freedom from their bondage to sin.

  • Brittany Pifer

    Is there any suggestions of what to pray for my family. My mother is a deep alcoholic and my grandma, me and the rest of my family can’t handle it anymore. It tears my heart to see what she’s doing to herself. My grandma has such bad anxiety she gets really hateful at times and I know it’s out of hurt. Any ideas?

    • God says in Isaiah 55:11: “So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Praying the Scriptures that Erin shared above, praying God’s Words back to Him is a very powerful way to pray for those we love.

      We encourage you to use the above Scriptures in praying for your mom and also for your grandma. We also thought that this series from Revive Our Hearts might be an encouragement to you. Would you take the time to listen all the way through them? We are praying for you and your family, Brittany!

      Finding Freedom from Addiction, with Ed Welch: http://tinyurl.com/hl3648w
      What Makes You Angry? (Paul David Tripp) http://tinyurl.com/jssq7hu

  • Marry Madalene

    Hi My name is marry madalene,am from upper island cove , Canada.. I want to use this opportunity to thank God for using this Great prophet to
    solve my marriage problem. This Great Prophet of God brought my husband back to me. 3 years ago, i and my husband has been into one quarrel or the other until he finally left me for one
    lady. I felt my life was over and my kids thought they would never see their father again. I tried to be strong just for the kids but i could not control the pains
    that was tormenting my heart. My heart was filled with sorrows and pains, because i was really in love with my husband. Every
    day and night i think of him and always wish he would come back to me. Until one day i melt a good friend of mine that was once in my situation, but her problem was different
    a little bite, her ex-boyfriend who she had an unwanted pregnancy for refused to take responsibility and dumped her. She told me that mine issue was a minor case
    and that i shouldn’t worry about it at all.So, i asked her what was the solution to my problems and she gave me this Great Prophet of God phone number and
    his email address. I was doubting if this Great Prophet of God could actually solve my problem. So, I contacted this Great Prophet of God and he told me what to do and i did it.
    He told me to wait for just four days and that my husband will come crawling on his kneels just for forgiveness. So, I faithfully did what
    this Great Prophet of God asked me to do and for sure after four days i heard a knock on the door, in a great surprise i saw him on his kneels and i was speechless,
    when he saw me, all he did was crying and asking me for forgiveness,from that day, all the pains and sorrows in my heart flew away, since
    then i and my husband and our lovely kids are happy. That why i want to say a big thank you to God for using Prophet ikehedu .to solve my marriage problem. This
    Great Prophet of God made me to understand that theirs no problem on earth that does not have solution.So, if you are having same problem, any problem that is
    similar, i will advise you to contact This Great Prophet of God straight at prophetikehedu@gmail.com And his facebook contact is this ( https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014772066529.)

  • ForeverEyes

    Thank you for presenting God’s wisdom in the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! These Scriptures help to clarify the path I chose to follow. Blessings Dear Sister.

  • TKinTX

    I’m Catholic and using this to pray for a friend. I pray each point and verse followed by an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be, ending with the Hail Holy Queen. It has been powerful in bringing me solace and hopefully a change of heart for my friend.

    I’m a little troubled by the misconceptions about Catholicism in the comments, especially about confession. I encourage those who want to have a true understanding to read directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, which is available fully indexed online.

    Blessings and thanks for this beautiful post.