“For I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future”
What a powerful promise from the Lord. We have to continue to believe this for our prodigal. The promise of a HOPE and FUTURE for them keeps me focused on what they will become, not where they are walking right now.
“For I know the plans I have for _______”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper _______ and not to harm him/her, plans to give _______ a hope and a future.”
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
This verse has a natural progression. Does your prodigal seems to be walking, standing and sitting exactly opposite of where you want them to be? It’s one thing to stray down a path that is not pleasing to the Lord, but to end up sitting and spending time there is another thing.
I envision a prodigal who delights in God’s Word and meditating on it. I love the picture of a mighty tree planted by streams of spiritual water, soaking up its goodness and yielding fruit. Keep that picture in mind as you visualize your prodigal’s prosperous future….
Blessed is ______ who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But ______’s delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law ______ meditates day and night. ______ is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever ______ does prospers.
Isaiah 46:3b-4 NLT
I have cared for you since you were born. Yes, I carried you before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime–until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.
There’s a tremendous amount of comfort knowing my prodigal has been carried along all of their life by hands much bigger than mine. It started at conception. Just picture creator God bending over this little lump of cells stating their purpose and future. At birth, He was as joyous as the parents over this new little life.
He knows my prodigal’s innermost hurts and disappointments, things that I may not know. I can trust the prodigal to His care.
I also find it very liberating to know I don’t have to carry around a burden of concern and worry. The one who has carried my prodigal since conception won’t abandon them now. When they need sustaining God will sustain, when they need rescuing, God will rescue….even into their old age. Praise Him!
I pray you have put your prodigal into the hands of the one who will continue to carry them along and save them…
Isaiah 46:3b-4 NLT
I have cared for ______ since he/she was born. Yes, I carried ______ before he/she was born. I will be ______’s God throughout his/her lifetime–until his/her hair is white with age. I made ______, and I will care for him/her. I will carry ______ along and save him/her.
Isaiah 59:21 NLT
“And this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord. “My spirit will not leave them, and neither will these words I have given you. They will be on your lips and on the lips of your children and your children’s children forever, I the Lord, have spoken!”
This is a promise worth clinging to! Because our Redeemer came and bought us back, God has been faithful to place His spirit within us and our prodigal. We can have confidence His words will be on their lips as well as the lips of their offspring.
Pray that God’s words, the ones they grew up hearing and knowing will come bubbling to the surface in the oddest of times… but they are there and will move to their lips in time.
Isaiah 59:21 NLT
“And this is my covenant with ________,” says the Lord. “My spirit will not leave him/her, and neither will these words I have given him/her. They will be on _______’s lips and on the lips of his/her children and his/her children’s children forever, I the Lord, have spoken!”
He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
East and west can never meet…what a beautiful picture of God’s great love for us! Because of Christ, we are forgiven and He has no memory of our sin.
Let’s pray our prodigal will fear and respect a Sovereign God yet, realize the great love He has for them.
He does not treat ______ as his/her sins deserve or repay ______ according to his/her iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for _______; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed _______’s transgressions from him/her.
John 8:31-32, 36
Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciple. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!
It’s clear that our prodigals are being deceived. If it’s not self-deception, it’s lies of the enemy. Jesus himself is Truth; the perfect standard of what is right. He alone can set prodigals free from the lifestyle of sin and the consequences that follow.
I was looking at the meaning of the words “hold to”…
~ to hold with tenacity; to grasp; maintain close contact with; continue to follow (as a ship holding a course); keep possession of; refuse to abandon or change ~
I love the picture this brings to mind. To hold with tenacity to what Jesus has said and maintain that close contact is what brings true freedom. It may be as simple as knowing just how very much God loves us. But with truth always comes freedom.
May our prodigal be set free from all the deception surrounding them, hold the course refusing to abandon the truth of Christ and be free indeed.
John 8:31-32, 36
Jesus said, “If ______ holds to my teaching, he/she is really my disciple. Then ______ will know the truth, and the truth will set him/her free. So if the Son sets ______free, he/she will be free indeed!
Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.
Here is the same verse in The Message:
“Change your life, not just your clothes. Come back to God, your God. And here’s why: God is kind and merciful. He takes a deep breath, puts up with a lot, this most patient God, extravagant in love, always ready to cancel catastrophe.”
We serve a most patient God! Under grace we know we are forgiven by the blood of Christ. But, He still wants more than the outward motions of repentance (“talk is cheap” so to say). God wants to see a changed heart. He is the only one who will really ever know how deep the change goes.
Our prayer for our prodigals should be that they will repent, not only outwardly, but have a heart that is broken over their sin…
Rend your heart, _______ and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, _______, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity.