Father, Give Them Strength   Recently updated !

This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Praying For The Prodigal

Heavenly Father, in the process of bringing the prodigal children of America back into their homes, please reveal to them that they can experience genuine change in their lives and do all things through Your power and strength (Philippians 4:13). Many who wander away from Christ do not feel they have the ability to endure what it would take to come back.  Paul’s statement to the contrary in Philippians is encouraging. The apostle had experienced a variety of life’s struggles brought on by his ministry. Because of his commitment to serve the Lord Jesus, he had suffered hunger and he had also experienced plenty.  The spectrum of life experiences could have discouraged or derailed his faith.  But he had learned the art of trusting in Christ at all times, as a result – he had learned to be content in Jesus (Phil 4:10-12). Today let us pray for our prodigals to look ultimately to Jesus to provide all that they need whether it be much or little.  May it be that God sustains them as they turn fully to Him.

Father, Break Through Stony Hearts   Recently updated !

This entry is part of 12 in the series Praying For The Prodigal

Father, knowing that prodigal children can have hearts of stone, please place Your Spirit within them and change their hearts to be soft and alive with Your holy presence (Ezekiel 36:26). It is the great redemptive promise of the new covenant: a new heart.  In Ezekiel’s day, things had gone from bad to worse.  God had to make the prophet as stubborn as the people he was ministering to.  (See Ezekiel 3:7-9). If you find yourself despairing over hardened hearts, take courage.  For God has promised that in his work of redemption he will turn stone hard hearts to hearts of tender flesh again. “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26, NASB95PARA)

Everlasting Father, knowing that many children across our nation have wandered away from the principles of life found in Your Word, please deliver them from the allurements of evil and press upon their hearts the importance of repentance (Matthew 6:13).