Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.
the distance can be physical. the distance can be spiritual. the distance can be emotional. the distance can be all of these things…
Father, i thank you there is nowhere my son can go
where You are not already present.
Even though he is far from me, i rest in the promise that your arm ‘is not too short to save.’
i pray that You will meet him where he is, Lord.
Let him encounter You everywhere he turns, ‘behind and before’
Open his eyes to ‘paths of life’ that lead in your direction and draw him closer to you.
Father, he needs You to point him home.
Not home to me, but to his eternal home with You.
Just like the prodigal son who ‘came to his senses’ in a far country, i ask that he will become aware of anything that separates him from You.
May he say, ‘i will set out and go back’ and run to your open arms.
Even where he is right now, he is not so far away that your love cannot reach him, because ‘the earth is filled with your love.’
Let your love surround him and keep him from all harm.
Father, give him ‘more grace’ to submit himself to you and ‘resist the devil,’ so the devil ‘will flee from him.’
Fill his heart with faith, because then he will be helped in every way and ‘shielded’ by your power.
Send your angels to help him, as you do for those who ‘inherit salvation.’
i pray you will bring him new friends who know You, and keep him from those who would lead him astray.
Give him a longing to be a part of ‘the family of believers,’ where he will be encouraged, helped, and blessed.
Let every road that he takes lead [back] to You, Lord.
Thank you, Father, that you hear my prayer.
Thank You that You are even more willing to answer than i am to ask.
i praise You that You are ‘able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine.’
i praise You for the way you will answer this prayer.
from Prayers for the Prodigal