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
I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is upon us. This year will be different for many families because of family issues. It may create the perfect opportunity to have a small family gathering. Have you prayed for the Lord’s direction in inviting your spouse to join you for Thanksgiving?
I pray that many husbands or wives who are not living at home will be invited back home for Thanksgiving dinner. Will you be bold and specific in your prayers until Thanksgiving and Christmas have passed? Start praising and thanking the Lord in advance for all that He is going to do starting this week of Thanksgiving for so many couples who need to start being friends and begin healing their relationships.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8
I know you do not want to be hurt again, but you never know 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.
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 open the prodigal’s heart to reveal how much they enjoy having their children and spouse together, having no strife but harmony. Lord, may you melt the mountains like wax this Thanksgiving for many families, hearts, and lives. In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.
If your spouse does not accept your invitation, don’t see it as rejection. Your invitation shows your spouse that you have unconditional love for them and desire their company. Seek and ask the Lord what you are to do. He will direct your steps.
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 do 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!
Keep praying that the Holy Spirit will move and convict hearts around the world in touching hurting marriages and spouses who have fallen into sin, and for the prodigal spouses to repent. Jesus Christ died on the cross for every sinner to choose to have eternal life. Pray that your husband or wife will turn their heart back to the Lord or repent, asking Jesus Christ to come into their life this weekend and straighten out the mess that they have made of their life.
“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
I am excited and expecting to hear of many prodigals who repented and accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives in the coming weeks.
Today let’s pray that all prodigals will make the decision to repent and recommit their life to restoring and rebuilding their marriage.
Lord, bring Your prodigal children home today on this Lord’s Day! In Jesus’ Name, we pray. Amen.