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.
1 Peter 3:15-16
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness, and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
We should never be obnoxious when sharing our faith but we should never be silent when given a chance either. Having a gentle spirit, when sharing our hope, prevents anyone the ammunition for speaking evil against us. They might accuse but their accusations will be empty if we have kept our conduct above reproach.
As hope is rising up in the prodigal, I pray they will always be ready to give an answer for why they are hopeful. Then may their life, going forward, be lived in a manner that can hold up under scrutiny.
1 Peter 3:15-16
__________- Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness, and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
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.
As I 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 in the right way. His direction will never lead them astray.
____________’s God instructs him/her and teaches him/her the right way.