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”
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 power, strength and will 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.
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.
In modern day, we aren’t looking to be in the temple or at the altar, but at the foot of the cross. There is where our praise is birthed and where God’s Word will lead us.
My prayer for the prodigal is that God’s light and truth would lead them to the cross and at the cross they will not be able to contain their joy and delight in what God has done for them!
Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide ________; let them bring him/her to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will ________ go to the altar of God, to God, his/her joy and his/her delight.