Hebrews 8:12 NLT
“And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.”
Because of Christ’s death on the cross, there is forgiveness! We may not be living a life considered “wicked” but there are no degrees to sin. In God’s eyes all sin is on an even plain. The truth of His forgetfulness has to encourage the heart of one who has fallen into a pit and wonders how they could ever walk in His grace again.
I pray the prodigal understands the depth of God’s forgiveness toward them and the thought of His never again remembering their sin moves their heart to love and trust Him all the more.
Hebrews 8:12 NLT
“And I will forgive _________’s wickedness, and I will never again remember his/her sins.”
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers…
I’m afraid things roll off of my tongue without much thought some of the time. But, before I speak, I should always consider the weight of what I am about to say. The tongue has the power of life and death. (Proverbs 18:21)
A righteous one will think before speaking because their heart is bent toward what the Father would want for the person receiving those words.
I pray the prodigal will learn to weigh their words; that relationships won’t be harmed or broken because of unthoughtful words. Even if we are provoked, God would be honored most by a response flavored with love.
The heart of _________ weighs its answers…
Galatians 2:20-21 NLT
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make us right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Living a Christ-like life on a daily basis is difficult at best. Without crucifying self and allowing Christ to actually live through me, it can’t be accomplished.
Verse 21 stirs up these questions in me… do I treat the grace of God as meaningless? Do I realize the tremendous price paid at the cross?
God’s GRACE – it’s a hard concept to understand; that’s why it’s by faith I must trust that Christ giving His life is enough; it will always be enough.
I pray the prodigal will grasp the concept of grace; that they will not treat it lightly. A huge price was paid for their freedom. As the prodigal steps out in faith, crucifying themselves to live as Christ would, may they walk in the strength of the One who lives within them.
Galatians 2:20-21 NLT
_________’s old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer he/she who lives, but Christ lives in him/her. So __________ lives in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved him/her and gave himself for him/her. __________ does not treat the grace of God as meaningless. For if keeping the law could make him/her right with God, then there was no need for Christ to die.
Blessed is the man who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. His children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.
What a powerful promise! I can get excited about the prodigal’s children and future generations benefiting from a parent that finds delight in the commands of the Lord.
I pray the prodigal will become just that – one who fears the Lord and finds great delight in His Word. May they, their children and their children’s children be blessed in return!
Blessed is _________ who fears the Lord, who finds great delight in His commands. His/her children will be mighty in the land; the generation of ________ will be blessed.
Malachi 4:2-3 NLT
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
As the Old Testament closes, God has been patient with His chosen people for so many years, rescuing them, disciplining them, strengthening them as a people, yet they still fail to recognize and honor Him as they should. He finally decides to remove himself and wait. It will be 400 years before he sends the next one to be His voice (John the Baptist). Generations would go by without seeing Israel’s salvation. But there was a day a comin’….. a day when the sun would rise and they would jump around like a free little calf, a day when they would have power over their enemy. It came in the form of a cross.
Let’s look expectantly to the day our prodigal reveres God’s name and is set free. They might not leap, but you will see a freedom in their demeanor and personality. The sun is about to rise on a new day for the prodigal…and it won’t be 400 years down the road! I believe those who have truly been set free from strongholds go out with a power and strength to do battle that others don’t understand. It will be a joy to watch!
Malachi 4:2-3 NLT
“But for ________ who fears my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And he/she will go free, leaping with joy like a calf let out to pasture. On the day when I act, ________ will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under his/her feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Not just some of scripture, but all is useful for keeping us on a path moving toward Christ-like living. We can trust that it is a perfect manual for life.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they will discover the rich stories, events, characters and instruction for living found in the Bible. I pray they will be drawn to it, love to read it, and lean on it as a powerful equipper as they walk in the life of freedom ahead!
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that ________ may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
“I will strengthen them in the Lord and in His name they will walk,” declares the Lord.
God is faithful to strengthen those who are His. Walking life out “in His name” requires great strength and determination. Most likely we will fail if we don’t have help from one who is much more capable than ourselves.
My prayer for the prodigal is – they will feel His strength and appreciate that He is willing to impart His strength. Lets pray that their hearts would be turned toward Him as they walk out this life.
“I will strengthen ________ in the Lord and in His name he/she will walk,” declares the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Coming to the conclusion that they are poor and needy, in great need of God’s help, is a huge step for the prodigal. Once they fully trust the Father and see the deliverance He provides, I’m confident their devotion to Him will follow. Feeling His love and mercy while coming out of a time of rebellion is transforming. It will fuel their trust to go to deeper levels, then even in spite of difficult circumstances there can be joy in their hearts.
I envision the prodigal walking out of past failures and becoming a joyful servant of God, lifting up their soul to Him in trust!
Hear, ________ O Lord, and answer him/her for he/she is poor and needy. Guard ________’s life, for he/she is devoted to you. You are ________’s God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on ________, O Lord, for he/she calls to you all day long. Bring joy to ________, for to you, O Lord, he/she lifts up his/her soul.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The prodigal son walked away from his old life and was headed home to make a deal with his father. He was under the impression he would be treated as a slave and glad to do it. But the father met him with open arms and new clothes and began transforming his thinking. In the process the son was able to put off the old self and put on the new; one that was loved and accepted back into the fold even with a past that was not pleasing.
I pray the prodigal will have the courage to walk away from their former way of life, friends that have not been helpful, deceitful desires and flawed thinking. May it be a quick transition as they remove the sin stained clothes and welcome the new. I pray they recognize they were created for greater things; things that are righteous and holy.
________ was taught, with regard to his/her former way of life, to put off his/her old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of his/her mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.