Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.
We live in a society driven by selfish gain. Money represents power, influence, and success. For many, money is a god. Money can buy certain comforts and offer some security but far more valuable than earthly wealth is a heavenly treasure that we store up by living according to God’s Word. It will be in our best interest in the long run to value obedience over acquiring financial gain.
The prodigal in Jesus’ parable experienced what a life focused on selfish gain brings. He came to his senses, though; had his eyes turned away from the worthless and towards what he should have valued.
Let’s pray the prodigal will not be driven to selfish gain; that they see clearly the “worthless” in their lives and are willing to be restored according to God’s Word.
Turn ________’s heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn ________’s eyes away from worthless things; preserve his/her life according to your word.
But, the noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.
no•ble – having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles or ideals;
of imposing or magnificent size
We know our prodigals are making plans; everyone does. God is very interested in our plans but our plans need to be noble. Not only does God want us to have high moral principles and ideals but, I think God wants us to plan BIG! The enemy would love to scale our dreams down to an unimpressive size.
I pray the prodigal will have huge Kingdom plans; plans that have been placed in their hearts by the Father. May an awareness of His plan awaken in them as they make plans for themselves.
But, _______, the noble man/woman makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he/she stands.
Remember me with favor, O my God.
Nehemiah was a man who was fearless; he was a remarkable spiritual leader that God entrusted with the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem. Nehemiah wanted to see his people return to their former home. He trusted God completely and would not be intimidated by anyone. The Book of Nehemiah covers about 25 years. These words are spoken as the book ends. After all Nehemiah did for the nation of Israel he knew that he would probably not be remembered for it. He was secure in knowing his God remembered him with favor. (Little did he know, his story would be recorded for all time!)
In these days of social media, where our accomplishments can be touted to the world, can we be satisfied in knowing God alone sees, remembers and values us?
I pray our prodigals will come to realize that God sees and knows them. I pray they each, in their own gifting, would be useful and profitable for the kingdom; that God would smile down on their activity with pleasure.
Remember ________ with favor, O my God.
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son.”
Someone who doesn’t understand the concept of God’s discipline might lose heart in the process. I pray our prodigals will know that their Heavenly Father disciplines out of His wonderful love for them and with a desire to lead them to abundant living!
“_______, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when He rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines _______ who He loves, and He punishes everyone He accepts as a son/daughter.”
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.
Rather than being a chain on our hands and feet, God’s law is the opposite – it revives us, makes us wise, produces joy and gives light to our path! Those who think we serve a God who is a killjoy doesn’t really know Him.
I pray the prodigal will come to know the value of following God’s laws and be revived with a joyful heart in their obedience to Him.
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving _________’s soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to __________’s heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to __________’s eyes.
Proverbs 14:12, 27
There is a way that seems right to man, but in the end it leads to death…. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death.
The enemy will be relentless in trying to convince the prodigal that the road they are traveling is the right one, maybe the only choice they have. He pulls out all deceptive tactics to try and convince them that God doesn’t care about them. The “way” they take may not lead to physical death but surely could lead to the death of a dream, death of a prosperous future or the purposes God has for them.
Let’s pray the tactics of the enemy will be exposed in our prodigal’s life; that they will understand the sovereignty of God and see His hand on their life. May these discoveries create a life-giving fountain for them.
Proverbs 14:12, 27
There is a way that seems right to _______, but in the end it leads to death…. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning _______ from the snares of death.
1 Peter 4:19
So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.
One of the greatest lessons of suffering is that I can TRUST Him! We hate to suffer, to see ones we love suffer, but strength and faith are built in the realm of suffering like no other place.
If our prodigals must suffer, I am praying they are learning life lessons that cannot be taken from them…. a rock to stand on down the road when suffering rises up again. May they learn to continue on doing good, even in light of suffering.
1 Peter 4:19
So then, _______ who suffers according to God’s will should commit himself/herself to his/her faithful Creator and continue to do good.
John 15:7-8 (NLT)
If you stay joined to me and my words remain in you, you may ask whatever you like, and it will be granted. My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
I’ve heard it said, “We are not to judge, but we can be fruit inspectors.” If one is of the Kingdom of God there will be evidence by the fruit that is produced from their life.
Fruit can only be produced from a branch; a branch that is getting nourishment from a vine, fed from the roots. It is vital for this branch to stay connected to the strong and capable vine in order to produce continual fruit.
I picture our prodigals attached to this vine called Jesus Christ. I pray they will see overwhelming results as they remain there and whatever they ask be granted because it will glorify the Father.
John 15:7-8 (NLT)
If ________ stays joined to me and my words remain in him/her, _______ may ask whatever he/she likes, and it will be granted. My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings great glory to my Father.
Wisdom makes one wise man more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they have wisdom; wisdom that is of the Holy Spirit because of a new desire to be a man, or woman, of God! Godly wisdom is powerful!
Wisdom makes _______ more powerful than ten rulers in a city.
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!
Just a reminder on this Father’s Day of what a wonderful heavenly Father we have, one who desires the prodigal to come home so He can lavish extravagant love on them!
I pray your prodigal is making their way home and has been receiving good gifts from the Father all along the way!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to ________ who asks Him!