Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is James 5:19-20 which reads: “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
Our soul winning quote today is from Hudson Taylor. He said: “It is possible to move men through God by prayer alone.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 36 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Praying Prodigals Home
It is possible to pray prodigal loved ones back home to God.
Persistent, faith-based intercession produces results. No one symbolizes this better than George Muller. He was preaching in 1884 and testified that 40 years prior, in 1844, five individuals were laid upon his heart; and he began to intercede for them to come to Christ.
Eighteen months passed before one of them was converted. He prayed on for five years more, and another was converted. He continued to pray.
At the end of more than 12 years, the third was converted.
During his message given in 1884, Muller stated that he had continued to pray for the other two without missing a single day, but they were not yet converted. But he was encouraged that the answer would come. In fact Muller said, “They are not converted yet, but they will be.”
Twelve years later, at his death, after interceding for them daily for a total of 52 years, they still were not yet converted. But one came to Christ at Muller’s funeral and the other shortly thereafter. Resilient, persistent intercession makes a difference. It is possible to pray prodigals home to God.
One of the greatest stories ever told is the narrative Jesus gave of the prodigal son. You know the tale of the young man who asked for his inheritance prematurely, then ran off and wasted it in wild living. (The word prodigal comes from the word for “wasted.”) Finally he came to his senses and went home to his father’s house. This story is a picture of the emptiness of running from God. It tells of the wayward coming home to God.
I especially love the statement Jesus made revealing the awesome love of the father. He was watching, waiting, and willing for his prodigal child to come home. Luke 15:20 reads: “And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.”
Prodigals do come home in response to prayer. Maybe you have loved ones who have wandered far from home. Luke 15 gives a good guide for praying for them.
Pray – Lord please:
Bring them to a place of famine and need.
Create within them holy hunger and homesickness.
Cause them to come to their senses.
Draw them home.
Give them the gift of repentance.
Give us welcoming grace.
In our next broadcast, we will continue to look at why evangelism is…praying prodigals home.