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Praying For The Prodigals


This entry is part 18 of 30 in the series Praying For The Prodigal

Return of the Prodigal Son, detail, by Rembrandt, ca. 1668

During the month of November, we will be walking in prayer through the scriptures in prayer for the prodigals. This series of prayer prompters is provided by OneCry.com on their November prayer calendar, and augmented each day by additional comments drawn from my own devotion time, sites like Onecry.com and lifeaction.org as well as various authors I have been reading.

Because the Remind app I use for our prayer requests only gives me 140 characters, I will be attaching a web link to each day in order to make reading the entire thing possible whether you are on your phone on the go or your computer at home.
Please do take the time to read them. And then prayerfully speak with God about and through them.

So who is this prodigal we are praying for? The word itself just means “wastefully extravagant” (COED) The Nelson’s Bible Dictionary entry on the prodigal reads like this:

PRODIGAL — reckless and extravagant. When Jesus told the parable of the two lost sons, He devoted the first part of the story to the younger son who “wasted his possessions with prodigal living” (Luke 15:13; dissolute living, NRSV, loose living, NASB; riotous living, KJV; wild living, NIV). The lesson of the prodigal son is that when one abandons the Father’s house to venture into the far country, he ends up with an empty purse, an empty stomach, and a starving soul.

Chances are that you already know a prodigal – someone who has either walked away from the faith, from the church, and maybe even from a relationship with you. Just like the prodigal son in the story, they may be at different points in their journey. They may be leaving now while your heart aches. They may be in the depths of sin, getting ready to go even lower, or beginning to experience the emptiness that comes from living outside of God’s pleasure. In every case we are going to unite to pray with and for them to come to their senses (Luke 15:17)

Come, pray with me.

Pastor Tom

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