“There is no one righteous, not even one… All have turned away… there is no one who does good, not even one.” Romans 3:10-12
God understands parental pain.
Hear me, you heavens! Listen, earth! For the Lord has spoken: “I reared children and brought them up, but they have rebelled against me. The ox knows its master, the donkey its owner’s manger, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” Isaiah 1:2-3
Prodigal trait #1: They generally become increasingly self-centered.
Prodigal trait #2: They think that they know all the answers.
Prodigal trait #3: They demand immediate gratification.
How do we reach our prodigals?
- Unwavering prayer.
…we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way… Colossians 1:9-10
Pray that they’ll have the right friends. (Proverbs 1:10-15)
Pray that they will get caught if guilty. (Psalm 119:71)
Pray that God will do whatever it takes
- Unending patience.
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9
- Unconditional love.
So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20
So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Isaiah 30:18 (NLT)