Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Irreconcilable Differences—Problems vs. Promises

Worry drips down her face in wet torment. Focused on difficulty, she agonizes until anxiety seizes her mind and knots up her empty stomach. Satisfying her hunger will only make her sick. The overwhelming stress occupies her body, overruling the innate desire for food and water. Not only is she physically parched, but her soul is empty as well. Overcome by fear, she falls to her knees and cries, “If you’re out there God, please help us.” 

The emotional state of a mother affected by her prodigal child’s choices can be debilitating. I’ve been there, done that as have many moms and dads. Dwelling on a child’s condition with worry and fear as daily bread will only cause a mother and/or father to become physically and spiritually malnourished, rendering a tormented guardian, and most likely a severed relationship. How can a parent help a prodigal, or for that matter any child in need, through their seemingly hopeless circumstances? 

A distressed parent must first get right with God. She needs to readjust her focus from earthly problems to God’s promises, allowing Him to strengthen her for the work of intercession for her child. I’m reminded of instructions given to passengers on board a plane before take off. Stewards/stewardesses inform travelers about emergency procedures, including how to manage the oxygen masks if they fall from overhead. It sounds somewhat selfish, but a parent is supposed to put on an oxygen mask first and then assist their child with another one. If a parent can barely breathe, how can he/she lend a helping hand to their youngster? Likewise, how can a spiritually empty parent be of use to a child in desperate need of our loving Heavenly Father? 

It’s impossible to fight for one’s child in prayer using God’s promises when preoccupied with problems. Divided hearts and minds weaken faith. God can be trusted but if we don’t believe He will do what He says He will do, what good are the prayers we offer up for our children? A conflicted heart aches!

Reconcile the irreconcilable—let go of problems and stand firm on God’s promises. Relinquishing troubles to the Lord enables promised experiences with Him. Peace exceeding human understanding invades the heart. And the good fight of faith rises up and emboldens a parent to humbly bow before God the Father, trusting Him completely with the life of her child. 

Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.  Psalm 86:11 (NIV)

Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  2 Corinthians 5:20 (NASB)

Now claim His promises!

Answers........Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  Luke 11:9 (NASB)

Deliverance........Whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 (NASB)

Forgiveness........If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9 (NASB)

Provision........Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Matthew 6:33 (NASB)

Purpose........And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28 (NASB)

Guidance........In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:6 (NASB)

Satisfaction........Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4 (NASB)

Destiny........For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB)

Presence........“Teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20 (NASB)

God’s promises overpower problems!

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