This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
Like a loving parent, God is always directing and leading, wanting the best for His children. We are best served to listen and follow His instruction, which opens up a flow of peace into our lives.
I pray for the prodigal to be easily taught by the Lord, the Holy one of Israel, their Redeemer; may it bring peace to their circumstance and hope for what lies ahead.
This is what the Lord says—________’s Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the Lord ________’s God, who teaches him/her what is best for him/her, who directs ________ in the way he/she should go.”
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
The church, in Paul’s day was facing major persecution. We, too, are living in evil days. God asks us to use our heads, be wise and act according to what He wants done, taking advantage of every opportunity to show Him to the world. The only way to understand what God wants is to be in intimate conversations with Him and by drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit to direct our thinking. Just as alcohol controls the actions of the one who is drunk, we should let the Holy Spirit be the one who is controlling us because we are filled up with Him.
My prayer for the prodigal is, that they recognize we are living in evil days; that they act with wisdom, knowing God’s will, because they have sought it out. I pray they are not being mastered by alcohol but by the Holy Spirit.
Be very careful, ________, how you live—not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, ________, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.
Though these verses are about the restoration of Israel, I like to envision them as a picture of the restoration of a prodigal. It seems the prodigal can be trapped in a tomb of unmet expectations, defeat, and despair. They may need to be set free from the grave, have new life breathed into them and settled in a place of freedom from past mistakes.
I’m praying today that the prodigal will have a testimony as to what God has done; how He placed His spirit within them bringing them forth from the grave to live again!
Then ________will know that I am the Lord, when I open his/her grave and bring him/her up from it. I will put my spirit in ________ and he/she will live, and I will settle him/her in his/her own land. Then ________ will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.
Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge, into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.
We are well aware of the many traps the enemy has placed in our life and the lives of our loved ones. Sometimes we are alert enough to see them before walking into them; sometimes we’re made aware after we’ve already taken the bait. He will continue to be relentless in his efforts, so we must be relentless in being alert to his schemes. Placing our lives in the Father’s hands along with staying in the Word will go a long way in keeping us alert to those traps by promptings from the Holy Spirit.
Pray for your prodigal to have a keen eye to the traps of the enemy. May they trust their lives into His hands and find a refuge in Him. Lets pray also that the truth of God’s Word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit are leading them along in victory.
Free ________ from the trap that is set for him/her, for you are his/her refuge, into your hands ________ commits his/her spirit; redeem ________, O Lord, the God of truth.
I tell you the truth if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Between 23 and 15BC, Herod literally had a mountain moved in order to build his palace…
“He wanted to build a fortress palace in Israel that could be seen from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas so that the Jews never forgot he was always watching. He also wanted to be sure it was the absolutely tallest thing in the surrounding landscape. So, he narrowed his building site down to two hills (small mountains) which were near each other. Then, he simply used forced labor to pare the top off one to add to the top of the other to make it bigger. One pail full of dirt and rocks at a time. He literally moved a mountain” — Sherri Gragg
Jesus was probably referring to Herod’s mountain when he encouraged his followers that God would move mountains for them if they had faith! Their God would be able to accomplish much more than earthly will-power and strength could produce; more than they could ever imagine.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they would ask for big things; that there would be no doubt of God’s power to move the mountains in their life.
I tell you the truth if ________ says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his/her heart but believes that what he/she says will happen, it will be done for him/her. Therefore I tell you, whatever ________ asks for in prayer, if he believes that he/she has received it, it will be his/hers.
For sin shall not be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.
Thanks to the cross of Christ, we are no longer under the law. God’s grace has won out and we have been set free. This freedom is not based on our performance, our goodness, or living a strict adherence to the rules; we have been released from the law only by the blood of Christ.
“Sin shall not have dominion over you – It has neither right nor power…” says John Wesley’s Commentary. Yet, many still struggle to keep their “freedom” in check. For me, the fact that such a high price was paid for my life compels me to live a life worthy of that sacrifice.
I’m praying today that the prodigal recognizes the grace of God and their release from the law. I also pray that sin will have no power over them and they will be drawn to live a life worthy of the sacrifice made on their behalf.
For sin shall not be ________’s master, because he/she is not under the law, but under grace.
My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
It’s one thing to know of Christ and another to know Him. My prayer for the prodigal is that all the things they have heard and know about Christ will be transferred to their heart as they experience Him, see Him working in their situation and feel His presence ever close to them.
_________’s ears had heard of you but now his/her eyes have seen you.
Psalm 119:65-68 The Message
Be good to your servant, God; be as good as your Word. Train me in good common sense; I’m thoroughly committed to living your way. Before I learned to answer you, I wandered all over the place, but now I’m in step with your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train me in your goodness.
God ALWAYS has our best interest at heart. He is the final authority on everything, and He is always fair. He is good and what He does is good. (Unlike the enemy who intends evil but disguises it as good) If we are committed to learning how to live as Christ, He will be faithful to train us, even train us to have good common sense.
I pray the wandering prodigal is learning how to live in step with the Word and that they desire the training God is anxious to provide them. May they understand and appreciate His goodness toward them.
Psalm 119:65-68 The Message
Be good to ________, God; be as good as your Word. Train _________ in good common sense; he/she is thoroughly committed to living your way. Before _________ learned to answer you, he/she wandered all over the place, but now ________’s in step with your Word. You are good, and the source of good; train him/her in your goodness.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
It’s easy to live in a prison of the past; past mistakes and guilt. But God calls us to live forward thinking, future hoping. The prize I should desire most is Christ, and being in heaven with Him for eternity; there is no greater prize. Pressing forward with a heaven mindset and taking others along with me is what my life should be about.
As I pray for the prodigal today, I’m reminded of the race they’re running, how keeping eyes forward, not looking back will be a hard thing for them, but I am confident they can do it. I pray they will press on toward the goal of heaven and Christ.
Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, ________ presses on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called him//her heavenward in Christ Jesus.
You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.
steadfast – resolutely firm and unwavering
If we are unwavering in our faith in Christ and can keep our mind firm in the fact that God loves us and is for us, our hearts will be at peace.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they find themselves at peace because they have a steadfast mind regarding the Father and His activity in their life.
You will keep in perfect peace ________ whose mind is steadfast, because he/she trusts in You.