Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.
Though these verses are about the restoration of Israel, I like to envision them as a picture of the restoration of a prodigal. It seems the prodigal can be trapped in a tomb of unmet expectations, defeat, and despair. They may need to be set free from the grave, have new life breathed into them and settled in a place of freedom from past mistakes.
I’m praying today that the prodigal will have a testimony as to what God has done; how He placed His spirit within them bringing them forth from the grave to live again!
Then ________will know that I am the Lord, when I open his/her grave and bring him/her up from it. I will put my spirit in ________ and he/she will live, and I will settle him/her in his/her own land. Then ________ will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.