The garden played an important role in God’s plan to save mankind. Jesus loved to pray and meet with His disciples in a garden. He yielded His will to take our place in payment for sin in the garden on the Mount of Olives. There, through the agony of prayer, Jesus surrendered His life for the redemption of mankind.

The ransom price was paid in full as the sins of the world were taken freely and carried by Christ on the cross. His mutilated body was buried in a tomb, sealed with a large stone. But death held the Savior only three days and nights in its icy grip.

When God raised Jesus from the dead with the dynamite power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was then seated far above all rule and authority, power and dominion. All things were put in subjection under Him (Eph. 1:20-22). Jesus made a public display of the enemy, totally stripping him of power and triumphing over him (Col. 2:15).

No longer was man forced to bow to Satan, the god of this earth. The King of Kings had taken His rightful place. Man once again had free access to the Father through Jesus, the Son.

With His blood, Jesus bought your wayward loved ones back for God and purchased their freedom from slavery. When they ask His forgiveness, He becomes their Savior and removes the handcuffs and chains of sin, delivering them from the dark domain. They are freed! Now, they are God’s own property, sealed with His Holy Spirit.

You must be vigilant, however, and shield their heart against the lies of the deceiver, for he will try to trespass and reclaim lost territory. Standing on God’s promises will enable you to stop him cold so that your prodigals will walk joyously in the freedom Christ has given them.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

A trespasser is one who enters unlawfully upon the land of another. Satan is no longer the landowner of the garden of the heart. Do not allow him to trespass! Apply the blood and use the Name of Jesus by which he has been defeated.

Do you see your loved ones dabbling in sin? Are they allowing the deceiver to come into the garden of their hearts? Then stand up and use the tools that God has given you and take back the land the enemy has stolen! While you are taking back the land, at times you might notice other captives. Snatch whomever you can along the way and take them with you. Be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit and take all who are ripe for the harvest with them!

Save some by snatching them as from the very flames of hell itself. And as for others, help them to find the Lord by being kind to them, but be careful that you yourselves aren’t pulled along into their sins. Hate every trace of their sin while being merciful to them as sinners. Jude 23 (TLB)

Father, help me to be sensitive to your Spirit. Widen my vision to see others who are ripe for harvest as I focus on my prodigals.

It’s time to get your knees muddy! List the names of other loved ones, prodigals or even the lost that you can start praying for.

Excerpt from Mud On My Knees Prayer Guide/Journal

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