If you have a prodigal, perhaps you are praying each day from the list of verses in my Prodigal Scripture Prayers download. Now that my prodigal has returned, I pray alongside others with prodigals. It is amazing to see God work – and it’s wonderful to see these young people return to their families and to the Lord.
This passage in particular stuck in my mind after studying it and letting its meaning soak in.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
The original text was written to the believers in Colosse. Paul was concerned that they continue their attempts to understand the way and live in spiritual wisdom and right relationship with the Lord. These verses help me to understand that even a group of believers can go wayward if they’re not careful. Your prodigal is no different. Through the blood of Jesus, all is not lost!
If your prodigal ever made a genuine profession of faith in the past, their rebellion does not negate it. He or she is still tethered to the Lord. God still stands at the ready for your prodigal to seek Him, His wisdom, His understanding, His love (although they already have it). Just because your child is going their own way right now doesn’t mean God has let them loose.
So, we keep praying (diligently) for their heart to turn to the Lord so their lives will be aligned with Him once again. Their saved soul will not rest in their rebellion for long. Participation in that process through prayer is our privilege.
When we stand firm in our faith, believing God is true to His promises, He gives us an unshakable assurance that He will accomplish it, no matter how our circumstances look and feel right now. Today’s verses give us a wonderful picture of what’s ahead for our prodigals – a life that’s pleasing to God, producing good fruit that honors our Lord. So, hang tight and carry on with your praying in confidence and faith.
As a bonus, the closing sentence particularly encourages us in tough seasons. As we go through any hard trial, we grow as we learn to know God better and better. Seeking His will in the dark times gives us, not only the steps to take, but also His assurance and an ever-deepened relationship with Him.
It’s wonderful how these verses apply to us all in different ways – to the Colossians, to our prodigals, to each of us, and as we pray for one another. Do you see it?