Passion is a gritty kind of love, tough and

optimistic enthusiasm that overcomes negativity and inconvenience to make it

through to the end. (10,000 Reasons Overflow)

Monday, November 27, 2006

In my family

I said before that loving God with all my heart runs in my family. Today our Pastor talked about being a Prodigal son, and how tough it is when you have someone in our families who runs from God, and us.

He asked if anyone in our families was a Prodigal Son. I have quite a few. So much so that people in my family have accepted it. I stand here today, telling you that I will not accept it. It is not something like "she likes oranges, but no one else does". Nope being far from God is something that I plan to take a stand against. Thankfully our Pastor, being wise like he is, gave us some steps on what to do. One of them is prayer, ok, great, I already pray for them, maybe I just don't know what to pray. Then he gave us the scariest of prayers, "Lord, do whatever it takes". After a long day with a bunch of Prodigals (and let me tell you this, I stand here, an ex-Prodigal someone who ran from God, and ran right back into His loving arms) I just needed some time with God, and it couldn't wait, so I went for a walk "to get refreshed", really I just couldn't stand not to talk to God one more minute, they thought I ate too much, though maybe they knew, I was kind of crabby. As I was walking, I wondered a lot of 'how comes' and then I realized, the 'how comes' don't really matter, and then out of pure desperation, I prayed the prayer "Lord, do whatever it takes to bring them back to You". That's a scary prayer, you think? God has a lot of power up on that Throne, He could do a lot of damage, I found myself thinking that I hope it's not too bad. But really, whatever it takes. I will pray and pray, but only they can answer when He calls. It's their choice. I hope they answer this time when He calls, He never stops calling, I am proof of that.

1 Sam 3:8 The LORD called Samuel a third time, and Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; you called me." Then Eli realized that the LORD was calling the boy

Isaiah 41:4 4 Who has done this and carried it through, calling forth the generations from the beginning? I, the LORD -with the first of them and with the last—I am he."


John Cowart said...

That is a scary prayer!
An even scarrier one is "Lord, do whatever it takes to me to bring them back to You".
I'm not ready for that one.

Margie said...

John, I'm not ready for that one either!

Birmingham Girl said...

It is a scary prayer...even scarier is where they might spend eternity without that prayer. I've seen mothers pray this for their children who would otherwise be lost with out interceeding prayer...God is a loving God though. We need to remember that we've also been given a free will..not all will surrender their lives to Christ...we just keep praying that they do.

Sara said...

I once knew a man who prayed over each of his babies when they were born, "Lord, if this child will not grow up to serve you; if he will live his life and die outside of grace; take him now as an infant and hold him until I get there."
I've always been in awe of that kind of prayer. I am still praying that God will make me into someone who can say those words and mean them.

Becky said...

i'm still praying for them to walk the walk, get caught, and stay the course.
whatever it takes.

MSUgal86 said...

that scary prayer is real and God DOES intervene--first he whispers, then he shouts. you should not ignore him. that's when it all gets crazy. the worst thing about being a "Prodical" returned is realizing the pain that you caused the people who love you the most. I remember thinking for a long time how "God saved my life for me" and then one day it dawned on me like a brick hitting me on the head. God heeded the prayers of those who had always trusted in him...and THEY wanted him to save me from the situation that I had chosen, and so he did, by doing whatever it took. i get shaky even thinking of the sheer force of it all. if only i hadn't gone there in the first place.

Margie said...

MSUgal - if only you wouldn't have gone there? You wouldn't be a light for others to see when they need Him too.