Last night (8-31-21), we prayed on Facebook Live that our prodigals would know who God is and know who God says they are (https://www.facebook.com/prayerforprodigals7/videos/233452218577233).
This morning I read Jesus’ revelation of Himself to John, who was to give it to the angel of the church of Thyatira, in the second chapter of Revelation and felt the need to see if He revealed Himself in His messages to the other six churches, and He did! The revelation is important for us who love and pray for prodigals. His showing me this today was right on time. He asked us to pray last night that they would know God for who He is, and this morning He showed me how to take the next step in those prayers.
The revelation is diverse, effective, and important to know:
- He is everlasting, eternal, the Lord, and the Almighty: “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty’” (Revelation 1:8). Not to choose one over the other, because all are important, but I love that He said is before was and is to come. He is truly our very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
- He is eternally alive and has authority over hell and death: “I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death” (Revelation 1:17–19).
- He holds the angels of the churches in His hand and walks among the churches: “‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands’” (Revelation 2:1).
- Again, He is eternal as well as being the resurrection: “‘These things says the First and the Last, who was dead, and came to life’” (Revelation 2:8).
- He is the Word: “‘These things says He who has the sharp two-edged sword’” (Revelation 2:12).
- He is the Son of God, and His appearance is—I cannot find words. Perhaps imposing, magnificent, overwhelming, striking, commanding, intense will help: “‘These things says the Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass’” (Revelation 2:18). When John saw him, he “fell at His feet as dead” (Revelation 1:17).
- He is fully and completely God and functions in the fulness of God: “‘These things says He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars’” (Revelation 3:1).
- He is holy and true and has kingly authority; he also fulfilled all prophecies about Himself (see Isaiah 22:22): “‘These things says He who is holy, He who is true, “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”’” (Revelation 3:7).
- He is the So Be It, truth, and, again, eternal: “‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God’” (Revelation 3:14). Notice that creation is not capitalized. Jesus is not the creation of God but was the beginning of all God created.
Our prodigals need to know these things about the Lord Jesus. He has always been and will always be. He is alive and real. He has all power and might as well as all authority over everything, even eternity. He is sovereign. He is the Word. He is holy, true, and faithful. And when He speaks, it is a So Be It! It is done! Pray through these for your prodigal that he/she will know these things about Jesus and know Him in this way.
And, besides who He is, His appearance is mind-blowing, overwhelming, and all the things I wrote above and more.
Yes, our prodigals need to know these things about the Lord, but so do we. It increases our faith as we remind ourselves of them one by one and give Him praise!
What a privilege to know the Lord and to pray for those who don’t!