Father, Deliver Them

This entry is part 19 of 30 in the series Praying For The Prodigal

Father, please deliver the prodigal individuals living within my community from the fleshly desires that have led them into wasteful and immoral lifestyles (Luke 15:13). “And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.” (Luke 15:13, NASB95) Notice that the prayer above includes more than those whom you know. Every community has individuals who have been led astray from wisdom because they follow after their fleshly desires. Today as you pray for the prodigals in your community think in an outwardly radiating pattern from closest to farthest away. Pray first for those in your family, your church, your work or school, and out to the larger community you live in. Be specific and ask the Lord to do his work of restoration. While you’re at it consider the log in your own eye (Matthew 7:3-5) be aware of your own shortcomings and lead off your prayers with personal repentance. And let us walk not in the flesh, but in the Spirit of God. “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” (Galatians 5:24, NASB95)

As a Christian man, husband, father, and pastor

I am called to a lifestyle of perpetual repentance.

Not only must I repent on the frequent occasion, but I also must dwell in that repentance turning ever towards Christ.

May my children, wife, and church always perceive with clear eyes that I am holy by His blood, and dependent on His mercy.

Dad, be the chief of repenters in your home, since you're likely the chief of sinners in your home. - Burk Parsons

FDD27 in His Hands

This entry is part 23 of 27 in the series Fifty Days of Desperation

“She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”” (1 Samuel 1:10–11, ESV) Hannah serves as the example of a woman who gave her child completely into God’s hand. In the midst of her misery she prayed, pouring out her soul before the Lord (1 Samuel 1:15). Indeed in just a short time she had a son (1 Samuel 1:20) and named him Samuel, and when he had grown but only a little she took him to the tabernacle and gave him completely over to God. “For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” (1 Samuel 1:27–28, ESV) Will you do that with your soul burden? Will you completely give it to God […]