THEME: THE LORD RESTORES
“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.”
-The parable of the prodigal son speaks to us about spiritual restoration. When he was overtaken by trespass and went around squandering his money with prodigal living, he went away from his father. But when he came back to his senses, he made a decision to go back to his father and ask for mercy. When his father saw him coming from a far distance, he ran to him, hugged and kissed him, ordered his servants to clean him up, slaughter for him a fatted calf, change his clothes and he gave him a royal robe and ring. We are children of God and nothing can separate us from His love and that God will always be our Father no matter what. As much as these facts are true, we should examine our lives as we begin this new year, be reconciled to God and keep our faith in Jesus Christ. God is merciful and full of love and calls us to seek Him with all our hearts and shun away from evil. He sent forth His only beloved Son Jesus Christ to die for our sins and restore us back to God. “He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.”(Psalms 23:3)
Some trees like walnuts tend to drop their leaves early in a process called abscission. In some cases leaf loss coincides with winter during temperate or polar climates. In other parts of the world including tropical, subtropical, and arid regions, plants lose their leaves during the dry season or other seasons, depending on variations in rainfall. It is during such a season that the plants shed off all their leaves to retain water and when it starts to rain again, the plants are restored and become robust in nature and size. The law of restoration works in the same way. According to Proverbs 6:30-31, a thief steals to satisfy himself but when he is caught, he must restore sevenfold what he stole and may be forced to give up all the substance of his house. Restore means that one had something that is being returned, refunded or repossessed back to his storehouse. Job is a perfect example of restoration for he lost all his livestock, children and became sick when the devil attached him. God gave him the grace to persevere and restored double to him. Like prophet Isaiah reminded the people to cry to the Lord for they they had been robbed, plundered and throne into dungeon by the Babylonians, “restore”. Let us ask the Lord to restore us this year. Nehemiah fought for the people who had lost their land, vineyards, olive groves and mortgaged their properties to the noble due to food shortage. Let us ask the Lord to restore all that has been lost given the challenges that many went through last year. Let us begin by asking God for forgive us all our sins and heal our land. This is part of spiritual restoration and our merciful Father will grant us rest. Like the prodigal son, let us go back to the Lord with repentant hearts; and His mercy and grace will always be present with us. Let us also ask the Lord to restore what the crawling locusts, consuming locusts and chewing locusts have destroyed. What the devil has killed, stolen or destroyed. Like the walnuts that drop their leaves early and are restored when it rains, let us ask the Lord to bring forth the former and the latter rains, and satisfy us with plenty due to His merciful love. Let us ask the Lord to restore us spiritually, for when we were dead in trespasses and sin; and walked according to the course of this world, Christ died for us and made us alive in Him (Ephesians 2:1-6).
Thank You Jesus for Your merciful love upon our lives. Thank You for preserving us, providing us, protecting us, leading our steps, showing us Your mercy and grace. We humbly implore You Jesus to forgive us all our sins, sins of our nation, sins of our forefather and those of the whole world. Cleanse us with Your precious blood. Heal our land dear Jesus and restore our economy. Restore to us all that has been stolen from us dear Jesus this past decade and accelerate us to the next level according to Your divine will. Heal our families and grant us the gift of salvation loving Father. Help us to pray again and to remain faithful to You Jesus. Furnish us with Your sufficient grace and favor that we may receive everything that belongs to us according to the riches of Your glory. Restore us Lord and shine Your face upon us. Renew our strength and save us from the snares of the evil one. Restore unto us every lost opportunity that has been taken away from us by COVID-19 and other challenges; merciful Father. Restore every closed business and lost job, dear Jesus. Restore every financial resource that has been stolen from us in the past decade. Restore every form of delay that has happened in our lives. Restore the destinies of our children who have not been learning du to closure of schools. Restore every broken marriage and relationship merciful father. Fight for us dear Jesus. Restore every thing that pertains to our lives, families, churches, schools and nation, that has been devoured by the locusts; restore seven fold unto us merciful Father. Restore us spiritually and light the fire of Your love in us Holy Spirit. We humbly ask that You may bring forth the former and later rains upon us this month, and shower us with Your blessings. Grant us victory in all things dear Jesus. All glory and praise belongs to You Jesus, now and forever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now, and forever more. Amen
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