If I’ve failed you, I hope you would come to me about it. Offenses divide us, driving a wedge between us. God deserves no less. Talk with Him about it. Let Him shine His light on the matter.
Today I learned the definition of the word prodigal: one reckless in their spending. I presume that means in their spending of money, but how are you spending your life?
At the appointed time – Christ came into the world as a newborn.
At the appointed time, He was crucified.
And again, at the appointed time, He rose from the grave.
At the appointed time – we all meet Jesus. When I meet someone new, I choose whether to carry on with them in relationship or not. God allows us that same choice with Him. But at the appointed time, every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess Him as Lord. (Philippians 2:10-11)
Lord, I offer up a prayer for all the prodigals, for those straddling the fence and for those of us who are weak or hurting.
Lord, You’ve not lost hope –
You’ve not lost faith –
You see us as we are
You love us as we are
You’re not able to doubt
You’re creating and recreating Your image in us
You never lose sight of us
You know, Lord, that we’ll not walk so far away that Your arm cannot reach us
Nothing takes You by surprise, nothing
You’re not willing that any should perish
Thank You for peace that melts even the stiffest shoulders
and the hardest of hearts, the pain-filled, the frightened and the angry
Thank You for grace
Thank You for love that never ends
For the one praying for the lost –
The enemy will try to deceive you with words that there is something required on your part for the salvation of your loved ones. Treasure in your heart the knowledge that it is by grace that we are saved, and by grace alone. (Ephesians 2:8-9) The salvation of your loved ones is not a reward for anything you do or don’t accomplish in this life.