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; it’s 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.
The eternal God is ________’s refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out _________’s enemy before him/her, saying, ”destroy him!”
Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy name. for His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
These verses are a sweet reminder that God’s anger is short lived; our Savior has taken the weight of His wrath so we don’t have to experience it. In all our trials and grief, weeping will also be brief compared to the rejoicing that will follow!
Let’s pray the prodigal will recognize God’s favor on their life. May they realize the rejoicing that comes in the morning is provision from a Father who sees their tears.
Sing to the Lord, _________; praise His holy name. for His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
I have no idea what garments of salvation or a robe of righteousness look like. I assume they are wedding attire only the bride of Christ could wear; something we could not imagine in earthly terms. These new clothes have already been purchased by the blood of Christ and are clothing us in the spiritual. Some day our eyes will be opened to the true beauty of them. The thought of this should bring great delight and cause our soul to rejoice.
My prayer today is that the prodigal could visualize themselves as the bride of Christ; precious to the Savior. I pray they will rejoice in the thought of Christ’s sacrifice, which purchased for them these beautiful garments of righteousness. I also pray you can envision your prodigal standing with the Lord in these magnificent garments one day.
__________ delights greatly in the Lord; his/her soul rejoices in his/her God. For He has clothed __________ with garments of salvation and arrayed him/her in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.
Jesus encouraged His followers that they would be able to do great things! One key to their power was that they ask in His name. Our name is attached to sin, but His name is known throughout the heavens and attached to power!
I pray for the prodigal to discover all that’s available to them through the powerful name of Jesus.
________ may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.
When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.
What a great thought, that God influences our relationships, enemy or not. His favor resting on us keeps even those who would be at odds with us from coming against us. The only prerequisite is that our lives please Him.
Oh, that the prodigal’s life would please the Lord so that even their enemies would be at peace with them.
When ___________’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his/her enemies live at peace with him/her.
But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.
When the prodigal son returned home to his father, who held a party to celebrate his return, it was a picture of God’s unfailing love for us. Two of the proofs of His love are the provision of salvation through His son and His goodness toward us. In response, our hearts rejoice.
I pray the prodigal will come to trust in God’s great love for them and recognize His goodness in their life.
But ________ trusts in your unfailing love; his/her heart rejoices in your salvation. ________ will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to him/her.
2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
I believe each of us as followers of Christ, has a calling on our life, and God will enable us to do anything He calls us to.
The same is true for the prodigal. They may not be walking in their calling just yet, but I must believe they will. The Father can enable them to live a changed life, worthy of HIs calling. Let’s pray they will be prompted by faith to do good things and accomplish them through the power of the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 1:11
So we keep on praying for _________, asking our God to enable him/her to live a life worthy of his/her call. May He give _________ the power to accomplish all the good things his/her faith prompts him/her to do.
Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the pit of destruction; you have put all my sins behind your back.
God will allow us to reap the consequences of our rebellious nature, yet He can also protect His own from destruction because of bad choices. Our Father knows there is benefit in walking through difficult circumstances.
God delights in the prodigal and He is pleased to deliver them. In His love, He will allow anguish to be a teacher. I pray the prodigal will learn from each difficult circumstance. May they feel God’s love through the struggle and out the other side, praising Him for His deliverance.
Surely it was for ________’s benefit that he/she suffered such anguish. In your love you kept _________ from the pit of destruction; you have put all his/her sins behind your back.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Those of us who have lived long at all know the truth of this verse. As long as he is allowed, the mission of the enemy is to destroy lives, especially those who claim Christ as their Savior. Being alert to his schemes and self-controlled in our thoughts and actions is the only way to come through this life victorious against him.
We are seeing also, in this day and time, how believers around the world are suffering at his hand. It’s hard to watch and yet makes me rejoice at the faithfulness of our brothers in Christ despite their circumstances. I could only hope I would stand firm and resist the temptation to give up and give in, were I under the same persecution.
No doubt, we realize the enemy is looking to devour our prodigals. Pray for protection, but even more for the prodigal to stand firm in their faith, be alert and live with self-control where their greatest temptations are concerned.
1 Peter 5:8-9
Be self-controlled and alert ________. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, ________, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
2 Timothy 1:12
Yet I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him for that day.
When we come to know Christ and take Him as Savior, we have entrusted to Him our very lives and eternal future. Confidently we believe, when the day comes to leave this life and enter the next, what He says about Himself is true. We have boldness in sharing the Good News with others because nothing we do, or don’t do, can change our eternity.
Our prodigals are something that we very much entrust to God’s faithful guarding. Lets pray that the prodigal will come to know, without wavering, whose they are and that whatever they entrust to Him, He will be faithful to guard until that day.
2 Timothy 1:12
Yet _________ is not ashamed, because he/she knows whom he/she has believed, and is convinced that He is able to guard what he/she has entrusted to Him for that day.