The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
There are so many things the enemy uses to arouse fear in us… rejection, uncertainty, lack of control, sickness, or maybe thoughts of dying. Fear can overtake us if we allow it. This verse points out how the Lord, our light and our salvation, will dispel the darkness brought on by a cloud of fear.
I pray that the prodigal will be fearless as they stand against the enemy and the strongholds they’ve allowed him to build in their life. May the Lord be their one stronghold as they walk out of any bondage to fear.
The Lord is __________’s light and his/her salvation—whom shall he/she fear? The Lord is the stronghold of __________’s life—of whom shall he/she be afraid?
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
I’ve watched my children over the years compete in track events. I found myself praying they would not stumble or catch a toe on a hurdle, all the while cheering them on from the stands.
The spiritual “race” we are in is a marathon, not a sprint and there are many opportunities to stumble along the way. Each of us must determine to run the race set out for us, keeping our eyes on Jesus. Surrounding ourselves with friends that are like minded helps keep us focused as we cheer each other on with encouragement and intercession. That “great cloud of witnesses” is in the spiritual realm…. can you imagine the saints (maybe even Peter or Paul) cheering us on?
I pray the prodigal will develop a marathon mentality, determined to finish the race strong and for Christ’s sake. May we be their greatest cheerleader and encourager. I also pray they will be able to “throw off” those things they find holding them down, tempting them back into the pit, and find freedom to run without restraint!
Therefore, since __________ is surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let him/her throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let __________ run with perseverance the race marked out for him/her.
For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.
These are the opening lines from John Bevere’s book The Bait of Satan –
“Anyone who has trapped animals knows a trap needs one of two things to be successful. It must be hidden, in the hope that the animal will stumble upon it, and it must be baited to lure the animal into the trap’s deadly jaws. Satan, the enemy of our souls, incorporates both of these strategies as he lays out his most deceptive and deadly traps. They are both hidden and baited…. Don’t forget he can disguise himself as a messenger of light. If we are not trained by the Word of God to divide rightly between good and evil, we won’t recognize his traps for what they are.”
Knowing that the enemy has already been successful in ensnaring the prodigal, I pray the Lord will be their confidence going forward. I pray He will train them in how to discern the traps set for them and teach them how to walk with Him, listen to Him, trust Him so their foot is not easily snared. May His Word be their training ground for knowing the difference between good and evil.
For the Lord will be ________’s confidence and will keep his/her foot from being snared.
I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the people. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
After praying for years for a prodigal son, I can’t tell you how it blesses my heart to see him worship the Lord in a corporate setting. Getting to this day was not without trial and many days of praying and trusting the Father with his life. This once prodigal would tell you today, God HAS been faithful and he recognizes God’s intervention in his life.
I pray that soon you too will see fruit from your faithfulness to pray for your prodigal. God is good! Keep the vision of your prodigal worshipping the Lord in front of you as you pray this over them.
__________ will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; he/she will sing of you among the people. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 NLT
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.
The way to salvation is not in wisdom or skill or power. It’s simply by having faith in Christ and the gift of the cross. God’s grace is simple and yet unimaginable. Our boasting would get us no where when held up in comparison to the cross. When we stand in His presence, the only thing we will truly have in our defense is Christ’s death.
I pray the prodigal will see how futile it is to throw their accomplishments up before the Father. I pray they will come to realize they have no place to boast, that their lack of wisdom or power is exactly what the Father loves about them; He can use that.
1 Corinthians 1:27-28 NLT
Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And He chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, _________ can never boast in the presence of God.
His God instructs him and teaches him the right way.
What others speak or preach to me that I may not grasp, or think valuable, God can say in a whisper and I get it! That is, if I am open and receptive to His voice.
Pray for the prodigal to have a teachable spirit. May they listen for the voice of God to instruct and lead them. His direction will never lead them astray.
____________’s God instructs him/her and teaches him/her the right way.
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ”He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Part of the meaning of the word “rest” here is – an undetermined amount of time. When we choose to dwell in His presence, rest will be ours for as long as we stay in that sheltered place. If you are weary today, rest in Him and the fact that He loves youI pray for the prodigal, that they will have complete trust in a God who loves them and find in Him a refuge and fortress. Though life may bring circumstances out of their control, I pray they will always be at rest in Him.
_______, who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. ________ will say of the Lord, ”He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
Overwhelming victory belongs to the prodigal; this is the same as being “more than conquerors!” Our prodigals will have overwhelming victory over the enemy’s schemes and we will be victorious over our uncertainty concerning them. It is impossible for them to be separated from Christ…Hallelujah! That is true security. We can sleep in peace each night knowing they are firmly in His grasp.
Romans 8:35, 37 NLT
Can anything ever separate ________ from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves him/her if he/she has trouble or calamity, or is persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ________’s through Christ, who loved him/her.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
humility – a modest or low view of one’s own importance
Healing a life that is seemingly out of control has to start with humility. Seeking His face actually works as a mirror showing us what we really look like. God’s face has the ability to reflect our true heart. It brings conviction and humility.
These words to Solomon are for the people of Israel, yet so important in a prodigal’s life as well. God will set his face against those who are proud and refuse to turn from sin. He lovingly allows us to suffer the consequences of our choices because it has a way of humbling us and softening the heart.
I pray the prodigal will be humble before the Lord, seek His face, turn from whatever sin they’ve been living in and walk in healing.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If __________, who is called by my name, will humble himself/herself and pray and seek my face and turn from his/her wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive ___________’s sin and will heal him/her.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.
I’m not sure if our prodigals have a healthy fear of the Lord, but I pray that they do. Having faith in His son and hope in His unfailing love positions them to have His attention.
I love the thought of God’s eyes being on the prodigal. He’s aware of their stubbornness and straying, yet will not take His eyes off of them. Their situation may still be unchanging and frustrating to us humans who love them, but we can be sure His gaze is on them!
But the eyes of the Lord are on _________ who fears Him, on ________ whose hope is in His unfailing love.