February 3

Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

Show me the right path, O Lord; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for You are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in You.

Show, point out, lead…. great things to ask as a believer who is seeking to know the truth and walk in it. As people who desire to be spared the pain of bad decisions, why not ask the Father in advance how to traverse this life’s roads. If we remain teachable, I expect He is more than generous with direction; we can place our hope in it.

I pray the prodigal would desire God’s leadership; that they would have a teachable heart and place their hope in Him.

Psalm 25:4-5 NLT

Show _________ the right path, O Lord; point out the road for him/her to follow. Lead _________ by your truth and teach him/her, for You are the God who saves him/her. All day long _________ puts his/her hope in You.

February 2

John 17:24

Father I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is this one, where Jesus prays for His disciples and those who will come after them. We are included in His prayers! He SO desired that we would come to understand what his work on the cross had accomplished and share in His glory some day.

I pray the prodigal knows how Christ feels about them. I pray they know without a shadow of doubt they will be with Him some day and see His glory. May these thoughts spur them to obedient living.

John 17:24

Father I want _________, you have given me, to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

February 1

Proverbs 30:8-9

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown You and say, “Who is the Lord?”

We tend to be prideful people. When we accumulate wealth or success, we can easily fall into the trap of thinking we are the ones who have done this thing. The enemy would love to perpetuate this lie; he knows God alone is provider and giver of talents and gifts but would love to distract our hearts from the truth. If we struggle with poverty, we may wonder if God truly loves us and will provide for us. Forgetting He promises to care for us and meet our needs is part of perpetuating this lie. When we have just enough, it is easier to keep our head from swelling over our success or falling into pity over living in lack.

I pray the prodigal will have just enough to appreciate God’s goodness in their life. May they recognize the lies of the enemy in the area of finance.

Proverbs 30:8-9

Keep falsehood and lies far from ________; give him/her neither poverty nor riches, but give him/her only his/her daily bread. Otherwise, _________ may have too much and disown You and say, “Who is the Lord?”

January 31

Isaiah 42:6-7

“I, the Lord have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

The mission of Christ was to be an example of righteousness, fulfill the covenant of the Messiah by setting the captives free and be a light for the Gentiles. Through Him, we have the opportunity to take up that task in this day and time. What a great privilege to help the Messiah fulfill His mission!

I pray prodigals will rise to the calling on their lives; that they would truly be a light to the lost and lead those imprisoned and in darkness to the light of freedom. What a powerful picture — one who has been set free, helping others to freedom!

Isaiah 42:6-7

“I, the Lord have called _________ in righteousness; I will take hold of his/her hand. I will keep _________ and will make him/her to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles, to open eyes that are blind, to free captives from prison and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.”

January 30

Psalm 59:16-17

But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God.

I doubt our prodigals start the day singing; but what a great thought; there’s so much to sing about! Oh, that they would sense God’s love for them, and find a refuge in Him in times of trouble.

I pray the prodigal will come to a place where they can sing in the morning because their God has been a fortress and refuge.

Psalm 59:16-17

But ________ will sing of your strength, in the morning ________ will sing of your love; for you are his/her fortress, his/her refuge in times of trouble. O ________’s strength, he/she sings praise to you; you, O God, are ________’s fortress, his/her loving God.

January 29

Joshua 10:25

Joshua said to them, “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.”

When five kings, who had been defeated, were brought before Joshua, he had his army commanders put their foot on the necks of the kings and spoke these encouraging words to Israel. Joshua was a great warrior and leader because he had amazing trust in God’s ability to fight for him.

My prayer today is for our prodigals to be strong and have courage. I pray they can visualize how God is fighting for them and begin to see themselves victorious. I hope you can picture your prodigal with his foot on the neck of the enemy!

Joshua 10:25

________, Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Be strong and courageous. This is what the LORD will do to all the enemies you are going to fight.

January 28

1 John 5:3-5

This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Some days I feel more like an overcomer than others. Yet, this is the promise for those who believe in Jesus Christ; we ARE overcomer’s. We should live from a place of victory not strive to accomplish victory (as Graham Cooke would say). I think the key is a change in mindset as well as a change of heart. Obedience to God’s Word is not designed to be burdensome; we should desire a life of obedience and recognize that we were given the tools to accomplish it when we came to faith in Christ.

I pray the prodigal will see themselves as an overcomer of the obstacles the enemy puts in their path; may God begin to change their perception of themselves. I pray they live from a place of victory and not think overcoming is unattainable.

1 John 5:3-5

This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for ________, born of God, overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even ________’s faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? _________ who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

January 27

Psalm 15:1-5

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

These verses are a picture of how those who love Christ should live. As the church, we need to be above reproach in all of our relationships. I’m afraid it’s an indictment on my selfishness and impatience many times as a believer. But, if we will follow this example of how to live, there comes with it a promise… a solid foundation that will undergird our life.

This may not be a picture of your prodigal, but put their name in the blanks in faith that someday they will be this person. It’s always encouraging to visualize what our loved one’s “future” life will look like.

Psalm 15:1-5

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? ________ whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his/her heart and has no slander on his/her tongue, who does his/her neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his/her fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his/her oath even when it hurts, who lends his/her money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. ________ who does these things will never be shaken.

January 26

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

Salvation begins with God. There is nothing we have done, or can do, to earn this gift of love which was established from the beginning. Believing in the truth is our key to coming to faith in Christ. The guarantee lies with the Holy Spirit, who has been placed in us as a deposit on our future and moves us along in faithfulness to Christ.

Let’s pray that the prodigal will seek and delight in the truth, that their name is written in heaven because they have been chosen and loved by God himself.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we ought always to thank God for _________, a brother/sister loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose him/her to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

January 25

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ”destroy him!”

This was a portion of Moses’ blessing spoken over the tribe of Asher. I love the idea of God pointing His finger at the enemy and saying, “destroy him”. There is a place we can go where nothing can hurt us; sheltered in His everlasting arms.

I am praying today that God is pointing His mighty finger at the prodigal’s enemy, pushing him back, for now, so they can walk in freedom. One day soon, he will be destroyed. I pray the prodigal will run to His everlasting arms and there find the security they long for.

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is ________’s refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out _________’s enemy before him/her, saying, ”destroy him!”