On my way to work this morning, I began to pray for my day and my husbands. But before long, my prayer began to change and I was crying out for my lost loved ones, especially my cousins that I grew up with. I cried out, praying for conviction to fall upon each one of them until they are back serving the Lord.
Every one of us has a lost loved one today. Maybe some used to sing right beside you in church, but are no longer there beside you every Sunday and Wednesday. Or maybe some used to teach or preach the word of God and are now living the very life they preached and taught against.
Do our hearts break for them? Do we pray for them or do we only talk about them?
Our desire should be to see each and every one of our family members saved. We cannot change them or make them serve the Lord, but we can pray for God to move. We can pray for the power of God to come down into their lives and smack them right in the face, making them unable to deny Him any longer.
It takes getting on our knees to see the power of God work within our families lives.
Just like the prodigal son, our lost loved ones have a Father waiting for them to come home. This Father will never stop waiting for them to come home. He will always be there, calling out to them through conviction, trying to get them to come back and live a better life. He is a Father who will welcome them home with open arms, casting away every sin they have committed, to never be talked about again. He is a Father that can truly change their lives.
Luke 15:11-16 says, “And he said, A certain man had two sons:” “And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.” “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.” “And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” “And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.” “And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.”
We can relate these scriptures back to our times today. Just like the prodigal son, we have family members that have decided to turn away from righteous living and live a life of sin. They no longer live their lives pleasing to God, but instead live them pleasing to the world. It says in verse, 14 that “there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.” Just like the prodigal son, our lost loved ones are in a spiritual famine today. They are searching for love, acceptance, individuality, and so much more in all the wrong places. They are in need of only things that God can truly give them. Not only can God give them the love, acceptance, and individuality that they are searching for, but He can fill them with a satisfaction that will never run dry.
Luke 15:17-24 says, “And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!” “I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,” “And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.” “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.” “And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.” “But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:” “And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:” “For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”
These scriptures show the beauty of God’s mercy towards us. The prodigal son may have went off and lived a life full of sin, but when He came back to the father, there was no hesitation to accept him back. In the same way today, our loved ones may be deep in sin, but God is still able to call them back to Him and when He does, there will only be rejoicing for their saved souls.
God can clothe our lost loved ones with His holiness and He can feed them with His word.
If you have lost loved ones today, don’t shy away from telling them the truth of God’s word. Be bold, but loving towards them and be the light of hope they so desperately need. Our silence will only push them closer into Hell. Don’t be silent for them today, but instead be the voice of the Lord’s Gospel today. And maybe if we’re blessed enough, the prodigals in our lives will come home this year.