In 2013, I took up a challenge to write every day and post something here on the blog. The “Write 31 Days” online challenge was started by The Nester and charged bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in the month of October.
My “31 Days” series was written on prayer (my word for that year). The posts I wrote ended up being one of my favorite seasons of writing and spiritual growth.
One post in particular was a prayer written for the prodigal.
Prodigal: “a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return.”
We’ve all either been one, known one, or had one.
Today, I’m resharing this “oldie but goodie” from my “31 Day” series.
When a believer has been led astray by sin and is no longer living in a way that is consistent with their Christian faith, our heart breaks. Their situation appears by most to be hopeless, until we read the story of the prodigal.
And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it ; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
This parable taught by Jesus reminds us that nothing is hopeless to those who know Christ, and the only thing more powerful than the prayers of His children is the God who is listening to them.
Don’t abandon your prayers for a loved one who’s been led astray by sin.
Pray for them.
Plead with the Holy Spirit to direct you as you intercede for the prodigal in your life, and wait for God to show up, and show off.
Lord, My heart is broken for the believer who has turned their back on You. I long to see them turn from their sin and be restored to a right relationship with You. I pray that You would give them seeing eyes and hearing ears, that they would see the destruction that their rebellion and backsliding has brought into their life, and the heartbreak it has caused You and those who love You. Draw them to you, Lord, and give them a longing to return to You in true repentance. Make the consequences of sin bitter in their life, if that’s what it will take to turn them from their folly. Let there be no peace, no rest, and no success until they turn from their sin. I pray that all of their plans and goals would fail until they repent and return to You. Use the power of your Holy Spirit to convict, convince and persuade them to come running back to Your loving embrace. Thank you that Your mercy is fresh and new every morning, and that Your love and compassion never fail.
In Jesus Name
How are you praying for your loved ones? How has God answered those prayers?
I would love to hear from you in the comments section!