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He Came to Himself
He Came to Himself

By Wayne McDonald

In Luke chapter fifteen, Jesus told the story of a prodigal son. Luke 15:17 says, “Then when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father have enough food, and [even food] to spare, but I am perishing (dying) here of hunger.” One of the hardest things a parent can face is to have a son or daughter walk away from the Lord. Some parents go to hell and back with their children.

If your son or daughter has walked away from the Lord, I know that your heart has been broken. However, you need to realize a few things. First, they have a will of their own. If they are over eighteen you can’t treat them like a little child. You have to show them respect. You don’t have to agree with what they are doing but, you do have to realize it is their choice and you can not control them. Second, you have to trust that the word of God will not return void. God’s word says in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

If you did not raise your children in the Lord because you were not serving him yourself, you can still stand for them. Plead the blood of Jesus over them, and cry out for mercy and grace on their behalf. A good friend of mine told me that before he gave his life to the Lord, he used to go out to the bars. He said his sister kept praying for him and never gave up on him. He said he would walk into a bar and all of the sudden the presence of God would fall on him. He said he would call her on the phone and scream, “Stop praying!”

When you pray in faith over your children and other family members, it has a powerful effect over their lives. I know because when I was a teenager I was very rebellious. The only thing that kept me from going over the edge was a praying mom and grandmother. As they prayed God began to deal with my heart and break down walls. My mother said that she had carried the burden of my rebellion for years. Then she finally told the Lord, “I am not carrying him any longer. I can’t do it anymore.” Once she turned me over to Him I got saved within a few weeks. Just like the prodigal son, I finally came to myself.

If you have a son or daughter who is not serving God, hold on and keep believing. God is no respecter of persons. As you stand on His word, your kids will come to themselves and surrender to the Lord!