Pray: Words we lift to the Father

We’re delighted to welcome author, Jill Lynn Buteyn, as this week’s guest writer. She is sharing a beautiful prayer to encourage all of us who would find our hearts burdened for those prodigals in our lives. Oh may we join our hearts before Him now . . .


Dear Lord, what a comfort it is that you already know exactly who is on our heart. And yet you allow us to come to you begging and pleading for the saving of their souls.

We know it’s not up to us and that you are the ultimate judge, but we ask that you would draw them so close to you that they are unable to resist your call on their lives. We ask that they would be consumed with thoughts of you. That they would witness you working in every aspect of their lives.

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Send them God moments until they can no longer ignore your presence. Help them not to get caught up in the world’s version of God, which can focus on judgments and rules. Because while those have their purposes, we want them to know the Jesus of Grace. We want them to be drawn to you because of your unending mercy.

the kindness of God leads you to repentance Romans 2:4 NASB

This very day, this very moment even, you know exactly what is on their hearts and minds. Will you meet them there? Give them hope and peace from above. Protect them.

At times they can be so heavy on our hearts that it feels overwhelming. Like a weight strapped to our backs. And we begin to think that “saving” them is up to us. Remind us that you’re in charge and the only one who can change hearts. That you are all-powerful and able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. Give us the strength to keep praying, to not give up hope. Give us the God moments we need to not get discouraged.



O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

Psalm 118:29

Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. Help us to cling to that. To go to the scriptures to be reminded of your promises.

We pray for changed hearts and minds in our loved ones, God. We’re asking big, but we know that you are a God of miracles.

And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

Joel 2:24-25

Whether we get to see the fruits of our petitions or not, we pray that they would be answered in your way and your timing.


May the Lord restore your soul as you lift your prayers to Him:



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Jill Lynn Buteyn co-authored Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts and also writes small-town happily ever afters as Jill Lynn. She lives near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children and can be found online at or at Her latest release, The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter, is in stores and online now.

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  1. Dear Jill,
    Thank you so much for sharing your precious heart with us through this beautiful prayer. These thoughts touched me so much: “At times they can be so heavy on our hearts that it feels overwhelming. Like a weight strapped to our backs. And we begin to think that “saving” them is up to us. Remind us that you’re in charge and the only one who can change hearts.” Sometimes I feel like before I even know it, I have taken that weight upon myself, bearing the responsibility for things that only God can do! Thank you for these sweet words to remind us that our Father is working behind the scenes, and He will draw and woo our loved ones to His own dear heart! Blessings and Love to you!

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  2. Dear Jill,
    Thank you for this beautiful prayer. I agree. I agree! And I join my heart cries with yours for the souls of all who wander near and far from the Father. 💝 It is of great comfort and no accident you included the scripture the Lord has given me to pray for my own youngest son.
    I give thanks to You God for You are good and Your steadfast love (for Taylor) endures forever.
    His steadfast love for His creation endures forever! He is patient while he beckons and we cry out and wait.
    Thank you again!!

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  3. Jill, what a beautiful prayer. I prayed right along. Thanks for reminding us that God is in control. He is only one who can change hearts and draw people to Himself. May we not grow weary in praying but be consistent and trust in our God to answer in His timing according to His will. Blessings to you!

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