God commands us to trust Him and not to fear. Verses are sprinkled through the entire breadth of our Bible – 365 verses on fear – one for each day of the year. When will we stop our sin of fearing and not trusting God?
While our prodigal was on walkabout, I lived for months in agony and finally got to the point of hearing God clearly on this. This is what He said to my heart one day as I prayed.
Your lack of trust in Me is nothing but pure
Your lack of trust is what needs fixing here.
Take care of your part,
and I’ll fix the rest. I love you. (God)
Horrors! As a committed (yet real, authentic, and sinful) Christian, I was shocked to realize my lack when my intentions were always to please the Lord.
As parents of prodigals, our job while waiting and trusting is to stand firmly on His promises and pray, standing boldly, steadfastly girded with the belt of His truth, affirming His will for our prodigal’s life. (If they’re living in sin, they aren’t in God’s will.) The Lord wants our children to be in His will as much as (or more than) we do!
If you have a prodigal, and you missed this helpful tool, grab these Scripture Prayers for the Prodigal.
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. (James 5:16b)
Daily, pray for Satan to be bound – in Jesus’s name. Satan has no authority here. God does. ALL authority is His!
Pray for your child’s misery every day until they get right with God. I have it on good authority from our former prodigal that she was miserable during her months away. I prayed that daily prayer while seeing no evidence that God was working, but now we know that He was working in her heart behind the “I’m great, life’s grand!” facade she fronted.
Heavenly warriors are released in strength through prayers of the faithful. Not the perfect. Not the church attenders. Not the fake or the pretenders. But the faithful to the Lord.
Begin every day by telling God you choose to trust Him with your child again that day. This daily statement of faith and trust reminds us not to take the worry and “fixing” back from God. It’s HIS power here, not yours.
Praise God for how He is already working – for the beautiful ending He is creating through your circumstances. Daily praise God for His gracious love and awesome deeds He has done and is accomplishing now while you wait. You may not see it, but you soon will recognize His hand in your child’s life.
Stand on it. Believe it.
Like Abraham believed when things looked hopeless, we are to believe, and in hope. Not that these five steps themselves have power, but they draw us to gaze at all God’s promises in His word. They remind us to stand on the myriad of promises firmly while praying expectantly…believing.
He has your child in the palm of his righteous right hand, and He is working on His beautiful ending to your prodigal season. Any teensy bit of our doubt says He isn’t enough. So, don’t doubt. He is beyond sufficient. In prayer…believe.