Ezekiel 37:1-5 (NASB): The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. 2 He caused me to pass among them round about, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley; and lo, they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord.’ 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones, ‘Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.
Ezekiel chapter 37 gives us one of the prophet’s key visions. Ezekiel finds himself in a valley of dry bones and the Lord asks him if these bones can live. God tells the prophet that God can “cause breath to enter” so that these dry bones “may come to life.” The dry bones in this passage refer to the “whole house of Israel” whom God will bring forth from exile. God is speaking to the hopelessness of his chosen people, and through his prophet, He is giving the message of hope.
Relating this passage to our present time, we all have those around us who represent these dry bones or “dead hearts” and we pray for them to come alive. During the last several weeks, I have been praying for those I know who have not accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior. We must certainly do our part to live a life that serves as an example or witness to them, but it is ultimately the power of the Holy Spirit that draws people to faith in God. I am praying for the Holy Spirit to “breathe life” into the lives of those who do not know Christ.
If you are praying for someone to come to faith in Christ, keep on praying! So often when circumstances seem hopeless, that’s when God prefers to show up and change circumstances and give hope. Remember that nothing is impossible with God – even dry bones can come alive!