Welcome!

While you are here, we hope you will find hope and help for yourself and for your prodigal. We believe in God’s power to change the hearts of our loved wanderers. As we pray for them, God changes our hearts, too.

Post a Prayer Request for
Your Loved one!

First, post a prayer request for the prodigal you love. If this is your first time to post a request, choose the link to the New Prodigal to Pray for prayer request list.
(Or, you can type a request into the box in the right margin. Remember to choose the New Prodigal to Pray for list).
You can return to your prayer request as you see God work and leave an update. Let us know how you and your loved ones are doing. Feel free to add more details so we can continue praying for you. If you have more questions, please email us at prayerforprodigals@gmail.com.

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When You Love a Prodigal

God is working on us even as He works on our prodigals. He is up to something bigger and better. And His timing is seldom our timing.

Judy Douglass

Almost every family I know has a “prodigal”—someone who is making destructive life choices.

Loving a prodigal is usually a long and desperate journey, filled with fear, worry, anger, self-recrimination. You wait for the phone call—will it be from jail or the hospital? You plead with your loved one, then threaten him. You search for help. You feel the shame.   You cry out to God, “How long, Lord?”

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The When You Love a Prodigal Podcast, is a weekly podcast by Judy Douglass about her experience raising a prodigal and is based off her successful book of the same name.

A new episode airs every Tuesday wherever you listen to podcasts!

Listen to the latest episodes:

Learn about us

By now, you might be wondering who started this community and why. Under the About Us tab, take time to read Judy’s story and Dena’s story.

Judy and Steve welcomed their son, Josh, as a foster child when he was 9 years old. They adopted him when he was 12. He came with obstacles Judy and Steve couldn’t overcome. God set Judy on a journey to discover unconditional love that has lasted to this day.

Dena and Tom found themselves parenting a daughter struggling with darkness they didn’t understand. They tried at first to deny her problems. Then they learned how they could walk alongside her, helping her navigate the hard places while they learned what it means to truly trust God.

Be encouraged by the work God has done in their lives and in the lives of their prodigals.

Hear From Judy

Every month, Judy writes a letter to the members of the community, explaining what God is teaching her about Himself as she loves her prodigal and the people around her. She offers words of hope and encouragement from scripture.

She extends a helping hand as someone who has walked on the same journey we are walking.
To receive Judy’s letters, if you are new to the community, enter your email into the sign-up box in the right margin of each page. Or, put a checkmark in the sign-up box after each prayer request you post. You only have to sign up once. By signing up, you are opting in to receiving an email from Judy every month.
In the meantime, you can read her past letters by clicking the tab labeled Judy’s Devotions or listen to her When You Love a Prodigal podcast.

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