My son, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life…
The enemy works hard at driving a wedge between child and parent because of the protection that comes with obedience and righteous living. The prodigal, most generally, doesn’t want to hear from their parents how to live their life. It’s an age old problem — some have to experience life themselves to learn it’s lessons.
I’m praying the prodigal will recognize the light their parents can shed on life and the discipline they gave when they were children are both worth hearing and remembering. I pray the guidance a godly parent may have spoken through their childhood, would come softly back to their ears as a reminder of not only that parent’s love for them but also the love God has for them. May any parent/child relationship that has come under attack from the enemy find healing and restoration.
_________, keep your father’s commands and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. For these commands are a lamp, this teaching is a light, and the corrections of discipline are the way to life…
1 John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
In the Greek, knows means “has come to know, and still knows”; rely means “believes; persuaded by”.
God’s love for us has always been the same; it never changes. We, on the other hand, work through a process of discovery of this love. We experience it in many ways and then become persuaded by it. Because His love has been faithful and true over time, it captures us.
As believers, we are the ones by which the world is shown God’s love. It is evidence of His living in us… a powerful responsibility as His children.
I pray the prodigal will come to know, be persuaded, that God loves them. As they live in His love, may it be something they rely on, without a shadow of doubt, and be evident to those within their sphere of influence.
1 John 4:16
And so ________ knows and relies on the love God has for him/her. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him/her.
Psalm 103:13-14 NLT
The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He knows how weak we are; He remembers we are only dust.
The Lord is like no earthly Father; his love is unconditional. The one who created us knows us best and His compassion flows from knowing how weak we are. He understands our weakness, but also, is the only one who truly knows our greatest potential.
I am reminded of the prodigal son who returned home totally defeated yet was received by a father with outstretched arms.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they come to know God as a true Father; realizing in Him possibly what their deepest desires are centered around — unconditional love. Let’s pray the Holy Spirit will take any tendency toward weakness and powerfully turn it into strength in the prodigal’s life.
Psalm 103:13-14 NLT
The Lord is like a father to _________, tender and compassionate to _________ who fears Him. For He knows how weak _________ is; He remembers he/she is only dust.
1 Corinthians 6:12
“Everything is permissible for me” — but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is permissible for me” — but I will not be mastered by anything.
Each of us has areas of weakness. When we begin to recognize what is beneficial and what is not and choose to put down or walk away from the latter, we have matured as a believer. God has given us a free will and great freedom in Christ, but we have to make wise decisions regarding all areas of our life.
The prodigal has probably been mastered by some bad habits that will be difficult to break. If they are willing to focus on what is most beneficial for their life, God delights in giving them the strength to make a change. I pray they will begin to pass on those things that are permissible but certainly not beneficial and not allow anything, except Christ, to be master over them.
1 Corinthians 6:12
Everything is permissible for ________ — but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for ________ — but he/she will not be mastered by anything.
Isaiah 30:15, 18
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it”…. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
Repentance and rest, quietness and trust….those are hard places for us to dwell. As we repent and rest in the work of Christ we are saved. We are strengthened, as we quietly trust in the Father. Why we choose to walk in sin, fear and disobedience I don’t know, but it might be time to allow Him rule over those things in our life. Choose to rest and wait, be still and know, and trust in His justice and mercy.
Pray today that your prodigal will learn the benefit of God’s discipline and see His mercy as well; that they are quick to repent and rest in the work of the cross; that they will wait on Him in quietness and trust.
Isaiah 30:15, 18
…”In repentance and rest is ________’s salvation, in quietness and trust is ________’s strength, but he/she would have none of it”… Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to ________; He rises to show ________ compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed is ________ who waits for Him!
Call to me and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
unsearchable — unable to be clearly understood
There are things about the Kingdom of God that are beyond understanding. They are hidden things that only those who profess Christ are privy to; things we could not know except that God reveal them to us.
What keeps us from searching out those things? Are we satisfied with what little knowledge we have of the Kingdom? We need our curiosity aroused for the unsearchable things of God.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they will call on God when they are stumped, when they need clarity or need new insight. Most of all, I pray they desire to know the secrets of the Kingdom and God will share with them great and unsearchable things they’d never know without Him.
Call to me, ________, and I will answer you, and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the strength to stand up for what we believe, the ability to love those who are difficult to love and walk in self-discipline rather than self-indulgence.
Pray for the prodigal to have this strength of the Holy Spirit evident in their lives. May they be powerfully outspoken for Christ, loving in all their relationships and self-disciplined beyond our expectations.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give ________ a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all He has made.
I love these verses that assure me of Gods grace, compassion and slowness to anger…. such Good News! The prodigal needs this great news to penetrate their thinking. More than likely they have been living in a deceptive lie of the enemy that God is angry with them, or just as bad, doesn’t even care about them. I want so much for them to know His love and how special they truly are to the Father.
My prayer for the prodigal is that any lie of the enemy regarding God’s view of them would be broken. I pray the truth of God’s grace and compassion would flood their heart and they would feel the richness of His love!
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to ________; He has compassion on all He has made.
John 16:33 NLT
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
What encouraging words to remind myself that Christ has truly overcome! No matter what circumstances surround our prodigal or us we can take heart and be at peace.
Pray for the prodigal to be encouraged in the midst of trials or sorrows today because of Christ’s overcoming death on the cross.
John 16:33 NLT
“I have told ________ this so that he/she may have peace in me. Here on earth ________ will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
The lily was a Jewish symbol of chastity and virtue. The Cedar tree, the most treasured of all the trees that grew in the mountains of Lebanon, straight and strong, with a wonderful scent. The olive leaf, a symbol of abundance, glory and peace, was used to crown the victors of friendly games and bloody wars. It’s oil was used to anoint kings as well as burnt in the sacred lamps of the temple.
Don’t you love that God uses the natural things of His creation to describe His care and love for us and what we have the potential to become in Him?
I hope this verse encourages you in the potential of your prodigal. Let’s pray over them the chastity and virtue of a lily, the strength and value of a cedar and the abundance, glory and peace of the olive tree.
I will heal ________’s waywardness and love him/her freely, for my anger has turned away from him/her. I will be like the dew to ________; he/she will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon ________ will send down his/her roots; his/her young shoots will grow. ________’s splendor will be like an olive tree, his/her fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.