June 2 and the Worldwide Prodigal Prayer Day will be here in a few weeks. Those of us who love and pray for prodigals prepare our hearts to bring our wandering loved ones and the thousands on the “pray-for” list to the throne of grace. This year our theme will be By the Spirit and this week we look at Comforter and Encourager. You are welcome to join us.
Our theme verse is Zechariah 4:6: “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit…”
Dear Lovers of Prodigals,
The word Jesus used when introducing the Holy Spirit is parakletos. It is a rich word with multiple meanings or connotations. Most recent translations present it as “advocate,” which we looked at last week.
This week we discover two wonderful and familiar translations or connotations, used most often in older translations: Comforter and Encourager.
In the midst of the pain of walking through life with a loved prodigal, one of the best gifts we receive is someone who comes alongside us, walks with us, to comfort and console. Hopefully most of us have a friend who does that for us.
The Spirit comes alongside to comfort and console
But we have this assurance: God is that friend. He has sent us parakletos, who is called beside to comfort and console.Continue Reading