Praise the Lord all you nations; extol Him, all you people. For great is His love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
If God did nothing else for me but love me, it would still be enough to give Him praise all of my life. God’s love and faithfulness is what keeps me going when days are difficult. There have been times in my life I didn’t feel loved, but looking back I never felt abandoned or hopeless. This has to be because of God’s faithfulness in love toward me.
As parents of a prodigal, many times, we are after behavior modification. What we really should desire is for the love of God to capture the prodigal. This can truly modify their behavior!
Let’s continue praying that God’s love would overwhelm and change the heart of the prodigal….
Praise the Lord all you nations; extol Him, all you people. For great is His love toward __________, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.
In a sense the enemy has blinded the prodigal. To walk in a new direction may feel like a very unfamiliar path to them; it’s not a life they are used to. Yet, God is faithful to make sure the way is well lit and the rough spots made smooth.
Pray the prodigal senses a “smoothing” of the path before them and understands the Lord will not forsake them. His love for them will be a guide as they choose to walk in this new, possibly unfamiliar, way.
I will lead ________ by ways he/she has not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide him/her; I will turn the darkness into light before ________ and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake him/her.
I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…
I love this verse in the Amplified Bible –
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God’s power working unto salvation (for deliverance from eternal death) to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance…”
The Gospel is powerful. Although many reject it, to those who will trust and surrender to the work Christ has done on the cross, it gives life and power.
I pray the prodigal will confidently surrender to and firmly rely on the Gospel and that they will gladly share the power Christ has had in their life.
________ is not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes…
2 Corinthians 1:22
He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
I hang my hope on the promise of this verse. Because of the Holy Spirit’s deposit in my heart I have a guarantee of salvation and an eternal home with Christ.
Because the prodigal has this seal of ownership set on their life, they need to realize their hope is secure. In all the noise of living a life away from God, may they hear the still small voice of the Spirit that was deposited within them. My prayer is that His voice is drawing them toward a new way of thinking and living.
2 Corinthians 1:22
He anointed __________ , set his seal of ownership on him/her, and put his Spirit in _______ ‘s heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.
Nothing gives us hope like knowing there is one who loves us no matter how much we have messed up.
I pray the prodigal will put their trust in the one who unconditionally loves them and will give them sure direction if they will lift up their soul to Him.
Let the morning bring ________ word of your unfailing love, for he/she has put his/her trust in you. Show ________ the way he/she should go, for to you ________ lifts up his/her soul.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declared; before they spring into being I announce them to you.
The Bible is a book of prophecy. Each one has come or will come to pass; we can count on it! God will not declare new things for His people without our knowledge of them, we may not know the timing of them, but we can be sure they will come to pass.
I am claiming a “new thing” for my prodigal today. I don’t know what or when but I am believing God for something that is a new direction for them. I pray that the Lord will speak into them new life, new courage, a new vision and may a new love for Him be the result.
See, the former things have taken place, and new things I declared; before they spring into being I announce them to _________.
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For, we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
God will always lead us triumphantly. If we feel we are being led otherwise, it’s not God. Even in uncertain times, our hearts can live and move in triumph because we know who’s we are. We are also to be the fragrance of Christ to the world. I have to ask myself… do others I encounter smell a sweet aroma or a stench? I pray my response to all, even those who hate me, would leave behind the sweet aroma of Christ!
I pray the prodigal will soon (if not already) find themselves on a triumphant procession and as they move along, are leaving behind them the fragrance of a lover of God. May they be to Him a sweet aroma of Christ.
2 Corinthians 2:14
But thanks be to God, who always leads ________ in triumphal procession in Christ and through him/her spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of Him. For, ________ is to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
Nehemiah 9:32a NLT
And now, our God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships we have suffered seem insignificant to You.
Our great and awesome Creator God bends down to personalize His relationship with mankind, keeping His covenant of love. Be assured He does see us, He is for us and we are not insignificant to Him.
I pray the prodigal will recognize the greatness of God yet know He is intimately concerned about them. What they are going through is not insignificant to Him. His covenant of love still extends to them even though they have chosen to disregard Him.
Nehemiah 9:32a NLT
And now, ________’s God, the great and mighty and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of unfailing love, do not let all the hardships he/she has suffered seem insignificant to You.
On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Lying in bed at night when all is quiet can be a time of deep thought. Some may fall into depression and hopelessness during this time. Those who are in the shadow of the Father’s wings, will be able to sing through the night, even in uncertain times. We know the strength of His hand is upholding us.
I pray as the prodigal lies down to sleep they will know they are protected in the shadow of His wing, upheld by His mighty hand, and a song will flow past their lips.
On his/her bed ________ remembers you; he/she thinks of you through the watches of the night. Because you are ________’s help, he/she sings in the shadow of your wings. _________’s soul clings to you; your right hand upholds him/her.
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NLT
Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again, God, who calls you is faithful; He will do this.
Being blameless is hard to define, but I do think it means we don’t have premeditated sin ruling our lives and that we don’t knowingly walk into situations that will tempt us. Spirit, soul and body encompasses the whole of us. God must have control of our entire being to accomplish a life of blameless living. If we surrender all, He will be faithful to help us walk out this journey until Jesus comes!
I pray the prodigal will come to live a life that is blameless. I trust them to the One who can help them pull it off!
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 NLT
Now may the God of peace make ________ holy in every way, and may his/her whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until that day when our Lord Jesus Christ comes again, God, who calls ________ is faithful; He will do this.