Praying for Prodigals

I’ve been journaling the past couple years … thoughts, emotions, lessons God is teaching me. I’ve wanted to share some of the lessons God is teaching me, but have not taken the time to type them. So, I’m beginning with today’s journal entry. I may move backwards and share some lessons from the past. Or, I may move forward as I grow close to God. My God who holds me and cares for me in ways I can not imagine.

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:17-21 NIV

Praying for prodigals this morning, I came across Mark 9 and the demon-possessed boy. So many similarities to prodigals I pray for.  I don’t believe these prodigals are demon-possessed because they have trusted Jesus as their Savior. But they are definitely controlled by the enemy. Here are snippets of lessons I’m learning:

The enemy is violently trying to destroy everything in his path, including our families, our kids, our marriages, our churches.
Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not -v. 18

Jesus says those around Him are faithless, including the disciples.
You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.” v.19

Is this an indictment to church leaders who have an agenda without faith? Ones who are more concerned about checking boxes than relationships. Ones that are more concerned about “their” view of the Bible, instead of falling on their knees and asking God about each situation and circumstance.

Jesus says anything is possible to the one who believes.
“‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” v. 23

So many Christians today don’t really believe. They believe in their own way, but not anything outside the box; outside the norm. They don’t believe reconciliation after rejection is probably. Oh, it’s possible because anything is possible with God. They don’t really believe God will heal the sick, the terminally ill, the rejected, the emotionally destroyed in their situation. So, they take life into their own hands and go to their own agenda, instead of God’s agenda … the Bible & prayer.

Wouldn’t I rather err on the side of faith and belief? But if God does not do whatever it is, I may look like a fool. But I’d rather be a fool to man than a fool to God.

The Father doubted Jesus.
It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But IF you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” v. 21

We look down on this dad because he does not have faith that God can heal his son.  “How could he say, IF?”

Too often we pray like this. “IF” it be your will. I want to embrace God’s will,but I know He can do anything. I choose to believe He WILL. Just like Craig Groeschel said in a recent message. He knows God can heal his daughter AND he believes God WILL heal her. That’s the person I want praying for me in difficult situations.  It’s the only way to live – believe. Believe outside the box. Believe that God will perform miracles in our lives.

Jesus rebukes unbelief.   Jesus speaks truth.
‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.v. 23

I believe prodigals will walk with God
I believe prodigals’ story will be used mightily by God
I believe God will heal family relationships the enemy has destroyed

The Father changes his tune immediately.
Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” v24

I can relate. I pray this often; help my unbelief.

Jesus is all powerful.
He rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up. v. 25

The enemy does not give up easily.
The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” v.25

The enemy can only be cast out by prayer.
He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer. v.29

Pray without ceasing.
Pray in the Spirit.
Pay persistently
Pray for all believers everywhere.
Pray in the NAME of Jesus, our Strong Tower.
Pray in the blood that Jesus shed for me because He loves me.
Don’t STOP praying for prodigals.

God gives me faith that prodigals will repent and follow God as Godly men and women. I want to talk to God everyday about these prodigals, as well as the work and reconciliation that God is doing in each of their lives.

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