It is common to see people asking for prayers to heal loved ones or friends suffering from physical ailments.  I used to live in perpetual fear of my children or myself falling ill.  And when I say fear, I mean debilitating anxiety. Now, I live life free of the thorn in my side – torturing me with worry that would literally make me sick.  Now, I  take comfort in knowing that all suffering here is only temporary, and that our true riches await on the other side of this life, when all of God’s children who endure trials and tribulations will be blessed.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted – Matthew 5:4

While I no longer live life captive to the fear of any harm in this life…there is one kind of pain that still shakes me to the core.  That is the suffering of the lost.  Those living their lives in unrepentant sin and on a path of spiritual destruction and utter blindness.  This life devoid of the Holy Spirit always makes itself known by it’s fruit…and so there is no peace here, nor is there even any awareness of the peace that is to come…or aiming for that peace by how he or she is living life.  

So right now – I want to offer up a prayer for those who have been blinded by the Adversary’s deceptive and crafty tactics, and those who have conformed to the world.

The road to the Eternal Kingdom is narrow brothers and sisters, and the road to eternal death is wide. 

“Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Matthew 10:28-31

Heavenly Father, everything that You do is good.  Today I want to thank You Father for another day and another opportunity to make new disciples of Your Son, Jesus Christ.  We live in a fallen world.  The dark forces are hard at work, successfully blinding otherwise well-meaning people, unknowingly leading them down a path of destruction. But You God are Almighty.  You are more powerful than an infinite army of Satan’s wardens, and should you simply breathe it, Your will would be done.  You have already sent Your prophets and Son to tell us of a great deception, an apostasy that would happen. What we are seeing now comes then as no surprise.  It still kills me to see people that I love and care about, or anybody that has not knowingly chosen to follow the path of the enemy continue on that path when they could be used for Your good and glory.  I pray today Father that you would lift that darkness from these people.    I pray that You would lift the veil and fill them with Holy Spirit.  To see this world for what it is, so that they might have the opportunity to acknowledge their wrong-doings and make them right through true repentance.   I pray that these people no longer be used to further the agenda of the devil but to be used for wardens of Your Truth.  Amen

It is never too late to turn to Christ.  There is no sin too great that it cannot be forgiven.  God is merciful, God loves you, and His door is always open for you to call home. I pray that if you’re feeling empty, void, anxious, or lacking fire of Holy Spirit, that you would humble yourselves before the Throne and ask to be shown the truth.  

Shalom.  

Again Yeshua said, “A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will be mine.’ So the father divided the property between them. As soon as he could convert his share into cash, the younger son left home and went off to a distant country, where he squandered his money in reckless living. But after he had spent it all, a severe famine arose throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch.

 “So he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.  He longed to fill his stomach with the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one gave him any.

 “At last he came to his senses and said, ‘Any number of my father’s hired workers have food to spare, and here I am, starving to death!  I’m going to get up and go back to my father and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you;  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.” ’ So he got up and started back to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran and threw his arms around him and kissed him warmly.  His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son — ’  but his father said to his slaves, ‘Quick, bring out a robe, the best one, and put it on him; and put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet;  and bring the calf that has been fattened up, and kill it. Let’s eat and have a celebration!  For this son of mine was dead, but now he’s alive again! He was lost, but now he has been found!’ And they began celebrating.

 “Now his older son was in the field. As he came close to the house, he heard music and dancing.  So he called one of the servants and asked, ‘What’s going on?’ The servant told him, ‘Your brother has come back, and your father has slaughtered the calf that was fattened up because he has gotten him back safe and sound.’  But the older son became angry and refused to go inside.

“So his father came out and pleaded with him. ‘Look,’ the son answered, ‘I have worked for you all these years, and I have never disobeyed your orders. But you have never even given me a young goat so that I could celebrate with my friends.  Yet this son of yours comes, who squandered your property with prostitutes, and for him, you slaughter the fattened calf!’  ‘Son, you are always with me,’ said the father, ‘and everything I have is yours.  We had to celebrate and rejoice because this brother of yours was dead but has come back to life — he was lost but has been found.’”

Luke 15:11-32