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ALMIGHTY GOD, Merciful Father, attend to the petitions of Yours handmaid, and forgive me all my sins for the sake of Your dear Son Jesus Christ. Graciously hear me as I pour out my heart before You in my great sorrow. For beside You there is no God to help me, I know of none other, to whom I may flee for succor. In You is my hope, You are my God from the day of my birth.

Lord, You know the cause of my sorrow, before You is all my desire, and my sighs are not hid from You. You behold the grief which fills my heart on account of the disobedience and wickedness of my son (my child). As a precious gift from Your hand did I receive him and to You did I again consecrate him in Holy Baptism. In heartfelt prayer have I daily commended him unto You, and have ever sought to exhort him to every good deed, (in order) that he might walk uprightly before You, and be guided by Your Word. But how shamefully has he departed from the way, and suffered himself (itself) to be misled by the devil and evil companions. From a vessel of honor, hallowed to You, he has become a vessel of wrath, and must needs perish forever, unless You will graciously cleanse him with the blood of Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, and save his poor soul.

O Lord, look upon him in mercy, for the sake of the most perfect obedience of Your own dear Son; remember not the sins of his youth, nor his many transgressions. Take his poor soul into Your tender care, that it may not perish, but may be plucked as a brand from the burning fire, and saved from eternal damnation.

O Jesus, precious Savior, You have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live. Therefore, You became obedient to Your Father in heaven unto death, even the death of the cross, and gave satisfaction for the disobedience of all the children of men.

Grant, I ask You, that Your suffering and dying for this wicked one may not be in vain, but do You guide him by Your Spirit, that he (she) may learn to see the error of his (her) way, consider well the punishment now and hereafter, in store for wayward children and impenitent sinners, and (may) turn to You in true penitence.

Lord God, Holy Spirit, who dwells in the hearts of men and rules them according to Your good pleasure, You have taught many a prodigal son to see and bewail his wicked course, moved him to turn again to his Father, and become a new man.

Unto You do I cry; incline the heart of my wayward son (child) to that which is good, renew his mind, lead again his feet into the path of true godliness, and turn him (her) that he may henceforth walk the way of Your commandments to do them.

Grant, that he forsake the company of the wicked, and like the prodigal son, may ere long come back and say: I have sinned against heaven and before You, and am no more worthy to be called Your son; in order that I with all my household may rejoice and say: Let us make merry and be glad, for this my son (child) was dead and is alive again, (and) was lost and is found.

Likewise there will be joy in heaven among the angels of God over the sinner; then will I also with all my powers praise and extol You for this Your mercy, in time and in eternity.

O Lord God, have mercy upon me, hear my prayer, comfort and strengthen me in my great affliction. Restore unto me the joy of Your salvation for the honor of Your holy name. Amen.

Book: The Abridged Treasury of Prayers An Epitome from the Larger “Gebets-Schatz” Published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Mo.
Edited by: Karrol