because You’ve been there

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Palm Sunday . . . we have much to rejoice about!   Jesus spoke these words as He was making his entry into Jerusalem for the celebration of Passover – Holy Week.

Today, when I turned the page in Prayers for Prodigals the prayer took on a deep sense of hope.  What a reminder for me to know He understands my prayers, He understands my heart, He understands my tears.

Because He has been there, too.

You’ve been there, haven’t you Lord, Jesus?
You’ve known what it’s like to look with longing on those you love,
hoping and praying that they will turn their hearts to the Father.
You wept over Jerusalem more than once didn’t you?
On another day you looked over the city and said, “I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.
You ‘reared’ children and brought them up,
but they have rebelled against you.
I long for him to {once again} see you as you are,
and to {once again} know your joy deep in his heart.
I long for him to find the peace that only you can give.
But just like Jerusalem, at that moment, “it is hidden from” his eyes.
If I only have such longing for my own
I can only imagine how you felt about an entire city!
You understand completely what it is like to have a prodigal child.
Some people can not understand because they haven’t {gone through such an experience}.
I have felt the condemnation of their glances and the weight of the words they do not say.
Thank you, Father, that you are not that way.
You know what it is like to have a world full of prodigal children,
and only one child who did what was right – Your Son, our Savior!
You love us so much, you “gave Him up for us all.”
I praise you that you did not send your “Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
Thank you for not looking on my prodigal with condemnation, but with love.
You long for him to come to you just as you longed for the people of Jerusalem.
You long for him to come to you with a depth I cannot begin to fathom.
I pray that he will, Lord, for your sake and his.
I pray he will understand “now is the time” of your favor, “now is the day of salvation”
and return his heart to you fully and freely. 

About beegee10

I am a follower of Jesus on the journey of discovering His real, lasting joy through God's grace and thanksgiving. Several years ago, I married my best friend, whom I met in kindergarten many years ago. Life choices took each of us on separate paths, but Divine Appointment brought our paths back together. It's exciting to share this journey with my sweet man - a man who loves God more than he loves me! What a gift!! As a young woman I prayed for God to send a godly man like my daddy to pursue me. I just wasn't listening and abiding when I should have been. Good news in HIS time and in HIS grace, HE did! Not only does my sweet man love me, but he loves my three grown kids as if they were his own. He shares their joys and he hurts when they hurt. I love to hear him pray for each of them daily as we begin and end our days. View all posts by beegee10

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