Isaiah 25:1, 9
O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. … In that day I will say, “Surely this is my God; I trusted in Him, and He saved me. This is the Lord, I trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
It’s such an encouraging thought to know God has a specific purpose for our prodigal’s lives…. a purpose planned for them before they were born! Though He has a plan that is purposeful for His Kingdom, He still allows our prodigal to have free will. Lets pray our prodigal will recognize His faithfulness in their lives, choose to walk in the purpose He has for them and trust the process.
O Lord, you are ________’s God; he/she will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. … In that day ________ will say, “Surely this is my God; I trusted in Him, and He saved me. This is the Lord, I trusted in Him; let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
There are things our prodigals may be involved in that we never know about, but our minds imagine them! During those times, it’s a comfort to rely on God’s grip on them. Sometimes that’s all we have to hold on to; placing our trust in Him allows us to sleep in peace.
Be at peace as you pray this over your prodigal today…
When _____ passes through the waters, I will be with him/her; and when _____ passes through the rivers, they will not sweep over him/her. When _____ walks through the fire, he/she will not be burned; the flames will not set him/her ablaze.
Ezekiel 36:26-27 NLT
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in you so that you will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
This promise comes right after God tells Israel that even after all they have done, He would gather them up from all over the world and bring them home. Not because they deserved it, but for the honor of His great name He would do this.
If your prodigal is living away from you, picture their homecoming as God gathers them up and then by the power of the Holy Spirit, changes their stony, stubborn little heart to one that is tender and responsive to Him!
Place their name into this verse with that picture in mind….
Ezekiel 36:26-27 NLT
And I will give ______ a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in him/her. I will take out ______’s stony, stubborn heart and give him/her a tender, responsive heart. And I will put my Spirit in ______ so that he/she will follow my decrees and be careful to obey my regulations.
“Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the Lord. “This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
Nothing gives me confidence about my place in life and an assurance of God’s love more than the thought that He brought all things, including me, into being! He placed me in my family and created me exactly like I am for His purposes.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they will be humbled by the same thought. May this realization cause them to be more contrite and quick to repent.
“Has not my hand made ________, and so he/she came into being?” declares the Lord. “This is the one I esteem: he/she who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word.”
Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
Remembering our past is a way for God to remind us of His faithfulness. Where we get into trouble is when we dwell there. Part of the Old English origin of the word dwell is…”lead astray, hinder, delay”. That’s exactly what dwelling in the past will do…it will lead us astray and hinder or delay our walking in freedom with the Lord.
For the prodigal, who may be affected by their past and tend to camp out in that place, I pray that their eyes are opened to the “new thing” God wants to do in their lives. I pray they can feel it springing up inside them even today!
Note – God doesn’t say he’s going to do away with our desert or wasteland, but He’s making a way through them – Hallelujah!
Forget the former things _________; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making for ________ a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.
1 Timothy 1:12, 14
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service. The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
Paul’s past was one of a scoffer of Christ’s teachings and persecutor and murderer of His followers. The guilt had the potential to stop Paul from ever being useful for the Kingdom. I’m sure in the beginning he thought, “how could God ever use me?” Yet, he was used mightily and the grace of God was even more evident to him because of his past mistakes.
This is my prayer for the prodigal… whatever they have done or not done in the past will not be used of the enemy to keep them from Kingdom greatness but will drive them to be faithful to Christ because they have been forgiven.
1 Timothy 1:12, 14
I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given ________ strength, that He considered _________ faithful, appointing him/her to His service. The grace of our Lord was poured out on _________ abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
As Ecclesiastes says, “there’s nothing new under the sun”. The prodigal will not encounter any temptation that has not been around for a long time. God’s promise is – He provides a way out.
I’m praying the prodigal will begin to recognize their strongest temptations…then in God’s strength, choose to walk away at their first chance of escape. May they learn to quickly identify any trap the enemy has set for them.
1 Corinthians 10:13
No temptation has seized _____ except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let _____ be tempted beyond what he/she can bear. But when______ is tempted, He will also provide a way out so that ______ can stand up under it.
My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble; when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
I find it amazing what a little sound judgment and discernment can accomplish in a life. Can you imagine always being able to lie down with no fear and sleep sweetly? Now, that’s a pleasant thought.
Today I pray that the prodigal will learn what it takes to sleep sweetly and experience a life free from stumbling…. sound judgment and discernment! I also pray they will understand the decisions they make contribute to both.
______ preserves sound judgment and discernment, and does not let them out of his/her sight; they will be life for him/her, an ornament to grace his/her neck. _______, will go on his/her way in safety, and his/her foot will not stumble; When ______ lies down he/she will not be afraid; When ______ lies down, his/her sleep will be sweet.
The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.
When I read these verses I envision the children of Israel and the weight of years of slavery taking their toll. They cry out, and their cry is heard.
A new covenant was birthed in the Cross. It’s one that includes us as Gentiles. God hears our cry as well and remembers this covenant sealed by the blood of His Son.
I pray your prodigal grows weary of the slavery the enemy has them caught up in and will soon cry out as well…..there is a covenant of love in place with the Father and He will honor that.
______ groaned in his/her slavery and cried out, and ______’s cry for help because of his/her slavery went up to God. God heard ______’s groaning and remembered His covenant… looked on ______ and was concerned about him/her.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
I find it comforting to know a prodigal cannot hide from God. No matter how veiled they think their actions are, He knows. I have full confidence His eye is on the prodigal and He is making a way in the darkness for them.
May you find comfort, as well, as you pray this over your prodigal….
If _____ rises on the wings of the dawn, if _______ settles on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide him/her, your right hand will hold ______ fast. If ______ says, “Surely the darkness will hide and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.