We’re delighted to welcome author, Jill Lynn Buteyn, as this week’s guest writer. She is sharing a beautiful prayer to encourage all of us who would find our hearts burdened for those prodigals in our lives. Oh may we join our hearts before Him now . . .
Dear Lord, what a comfort it is that you already know exactly who is on our heart. And yet you allow us to come to you begging and pleading for the saving of their souls.
We know it’s not up to us and that you are the ultimate judge, but we ask that you would draw them so close to you that they are unable to resist your call on their lives. We ask that they would be consumed with thoughts of you. That they would witness you working in every aspect of their lives.
Send them God moments until they can no longer ignore your presence. Help them not to get caught up in the world’s version of God, which can focus on judgments and rules. Because while those have their purposes, we want them to know the Jesus of Grace. We want them to be drawn to you because of your unending mercy.
the kindness of God leads you to repentance Romans 2:4 NASB
This very day, this very moment even, you know exactly what is on their hearts and minds. Will you meet them there? Give them hope and peace from above. Protect them.
At times they can be so heavy on our hearts that it feels overwhelming. Like a weight strapped to our backs. And we begin to think that “saving” them is up to us. Remind us that you’re in charge and the only one who can change hearts. That you are all-powerful and able to do more than we could ever ask or imagine. Give us the strength to keep praying, to not give up hope. Give us the God moments we need to not get discouraged.
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Thank you for never leaving or forsaking us. Help us to cling to that. To go to the scriptures to be reminded of your promises.
We pray for changed hearts and minds in our loved ones, God. We’re asking big, but we know that you are a God of miracles.
And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
Whether we get to see the fruits of our petitions or not, we pray that they would be answered in your way and your timing.
May the Lord restore your soul as you lift your prayers to Him:
Jill Lynn Buteyn co-authored Just Show Up with Kara Tippetts and also writes small-town happily ever afters as Jill Lynn. She lives near the Rocky Mountains with her husband and two children and can be found online at www.Jill-Lynn.com or at www.facebook.com/JillLynnAuthor. Her latest release, The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter, is in stores and online now.
Her books: www.Jill-Lynn.com/books
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