Glorious Father, please touch prodigal hearts today, causing those who have rebellious ways to walk in Your statutes and to be careful in observing the ordinances of Your Word (Ezekiel 36:27).
Everlasting Father, as You call children to Yourself today, we pray that all the glory will go to You as You work through their parents and other believers in seeing them become “oaks of righteousness” (Isaiah 61:3). In Isaiah 61, the prophet foresees the good news being brought to the afflicted. He foresees the brokenhearted having their hearts bound up (restored). He foresees those held captive being released into liberty, and prisoners set free. There is a promise in the third verse that all of those mourning in Zion would have their fortunes reversed. Where once there had been ashes, a garland. Where once there had been mourning, oil of gladness instead. Where once their situation had been so dire they might faint and shrink back in weary fear – a mantle of praise. When Jesus came, he began the process foreseen by the prophet. Jesus reverses the situation of sinner after sinner. He did it for this man; he can do it again for the prodigals. Let the name of the Lord be glorified as he works to bring our prodigals to Him.
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.