Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth… Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:1, 4-5
As we look towards the holidays, I often encourage you to pray about inviting your prodigal over for the celebration. Will you be bold and specific in your prayers until Thanksgiving and Christmas have passed? Will you not only pray for your own situation but also pray for the many others who are in a similar place with their prodigal?
Start praising and thanking the Lord in advance for all that He will do starting this week of Thanksgiving for so many couples who need to start being friends and healing their relationships.
I know you do not want to be hurt or wounded again, but you do not see what your husband or wife is dealing with in their life. They may be under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Your invitation may be an answer to prayer.
If your spouse declines your invitation, don’t get discouraged. Your invitation shows that you have unconditional love for them and you desire their company. It may take many invitations for your spouse to understand that you are steadfast in your love for them.
You might personalize and pray Psalm 51 for your beloved husband or wife.
Have mercy on _____, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion, blot out _____ transgressions. Wash away all _____ iniquities and cleanse_____ from their sins. For _____ knows their transgressions, and _____ sins are always before _____. Against you, you only, has _____ sinned and done what is evil in your sight, so that you are proved right when you speak and justified when you judge. Cleanse _____ with hyssop, and _____ will be clean; wash _____, and they will be whiter than snow…Create in _____ a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within _____. Psalm 51:1-4, 7, 10
God is moving! Are you ready? We hear from people all the time who say, “They can come home suddenly, and I was not ready.” Is your home ready? Are their closets and drawers empty? Are you ready emotionally, physically, and spiritually? We are praying for thousands of spouses to come home during the holidays, so get ready!
Our first prayer is that the Holy Spirit will convict people worldwide who have fallen into sin. May they understand they can repent, turning their hearts to their Heavenly Father and then to their families. Jesus Christ died on the cross for every sinner to choose to have eternal life. Pray that your husband or wife will turn their life back to the Lord.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:10
Today let’s pray that all prodigal husbands, wives, and prodigal children of all ages will decide to repent and recommit their life to restoring and rebuilding their marriage.
Lord, may you touch and soften all these prodigals’ hardened hearts and renew their minds to invite the other parents to their dinners and have the family together for one day. Lord, may you then open the prodigal’s heart to reveal how much they enjoy having their family together, having no strife but harmony. Lord, may you melt the mountains like wax this Thanksgiving for many families. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.