Malachi 4:2-3 NLT
“But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
As the Old Testament closes, God has been patient with His chosen people for so many years, rescuing them, disciplining them, strengthening them as a people, yet they still fail to recognize and honor Him as they should. He finally decides to remove himself and wait. It will be 400 years before he sends the next one to be His voice (John the Baptist). Generations would go by without seeing Israel’s salvation. But there was a day a comin’….. a day when the sun would rise and they would jump around like a free little calf, a day when they would have power over their enemy. It came in the form of a cross.
Let’s look expectantly to the day our prodigal reveres God’s name and is set free. They might not leap, but you will see a freedom in their demeanor and personality. The sun is about to rise on a new day for the prodigal…and it won’t be 400 years down the road! I believe those who have truly been set free from strongholds go out with a power and strength to do battle that others don’t understand. It will be a joy to watch!
Malachi 4:2-3 NLT
“But for ________ who fears my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in His wings. And he/she will go free, leaping with joy like a calf let out to pasture. On the day when I act, ________ will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under his/her feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
Not just some of scripture, but all is useful for keeping us on a path moving toward Christ-like living. We can trust that it is a perfect manual for life.
My prayer for the prodigal today is that they will discover the rich stories, events, characters and instruction for living found in the Bible. I pray they will be drawn to it, love to read it, and lean on it as a powerful equipper as they walk in the life of freedom ahead!
2 Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that ________ may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
“I will strengthen them in the Lord and in His name they will walk,” declares the Lord.
God is faithful to strengthen those who are His. Walking life out “in His name” requires great strength and determination. Most likely we will fail if we don’t have help from one who is much more capable than ourselves.
My prayer for the prodigal is – they will feel His strength and appreciate that He is willing to impart His strength. Lets pray that their hearts would be turned toward Him as they walk out this life.
“I will strengthen ________ in the Lord and in His name he/she will walk,” declares the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
Coming to the conclusion that they are poor and needy, in great need of God’s help, is a huge step for the prodigal. Once they fully trust the Father and see the deliverance He provides, I’m confident their devotion to Him will follow. Feeling His love and mercy while coming out of a time of rebellion is transforming. It will fuel their trust to go to deeper levels, then even in spite of difficult circumstances there can be joy in their hearts.
I envision the prodigal walking out of past failures and becoming a joyful servant of God, lifting up their soul to Him in trust!
Hear, ________ O Lord, and answer him/her for he/she is poor and needy. Guard ________’s life, for he/she is devoted to you. You are ________’s God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on ________, O Lord, for he/she calls to you all day long. Bring joy to ________, for to you, O Lord, he/she lifts up his/her soul.
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
The prodigal son walked away from his old life and was headed home to make a deal with his father. He was under the impression he would be treated as a slave and glad to do it. But the father met him with open arms and new clothes and began transforming his thinking. In the process the son was able to put off the old self and put on the new; one that was loved and accepted back into the fold even with a past that was not pleasing.
I pray the prodigal will have the courage to walk away from their former way of life, friends that have not been helpful, deceitful desires and flawed thinking. May it be a quick transition as they remove the sin stained clothes and welcome the new. I pray they recognize they were created for greater things; things that are righteous and holy.
________ was taught, with regard to his/her former way of life, to put off his/her old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of his/her mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Isaiah 40:31 (The Message)
But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.
If I need more physical strength I usually try to muster it up, take more vitamins, work out, lift some weights, you know, do something! As far as spiritual strength goes, I may try to muster it up also, but, God says we find strength when we wait; wait on Him. Waiting on the Lord includes a quiet expectation that God will fulfill His promises and give us strength to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to live from a place of rest and trust.
I pray the prodigal is learning how to trust God to help them rise and soar, not their own efforts. I pray they learn the skill of waiting on the Lord and in that, find fresh strength.
Isaiah 40:31 The Message
But ________, who waits upon God, gets fresh strength. ________ spreads his/her wings and soars like an eagle, ________ runs and doesn’t get tired, he/she walks and doesn’t lag behind.
1 Timothy 6:12a NLT
Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…
Christianity is not a passive religion. Paul compares the Christian walk to a fight and encourages us to not only be prepared for the fight but to also take hold of or hold tightly to the prize of eternal life we’ve been promised.
We will always be learning and developing our skill as we fight this good fight. We can even fight from a place of rest when we know who has our back.
I pray the prodigal will learn what it means to have an active faith…one that “holds tightly” to the eternal life they are promised. I pray that they will not back down because they know who God is for them.
1 Timothy 6:12a NLT
Fight the good fight for the true faith, ________. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they will soon be voicing the same requests as David. I pray His unfailing love and great compassion will capture their heart.
Have mercy on ________, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out his/her transgressions. Wash away all _________’s iniquity and cleanse him/her from his/her sin.
2 Kings 17:39
Worship the Lord your God; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.
Disaster fell on Israel when they disobeyed God and allowed idols into their lives. They were then tempted to worship these idols and turned away from God. He had to correct their hearts and thinking with harsh results. We, too can be taken into captivity by the enemy if we aren’t careful to keep our eyes on the Lord, tearing down any idols that are competing with Him in our lives.
Worshiping God lifts us to a place of walking in triumph; we focus on the One who is our creator, redeemer and refuge. Because of it’s power in the life of a believer, worship intimidates the enemy. He desires not only to steal, kill and destroy but to keep the strongest of God’s children from true worship.
I pray the prodigal will learn how to worship, pushing back the darkness the enemy would have engulf them. May they recognize any false idols that are present in their life. I pray they will be delivered from all their enemies because they worship the Lord their God.
2 Kings 17:39
Worship the Lord your God ________; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.
Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Even when on a better path, the prodigal will face trials of varying difficulty and length, that’s just part of life as a child of God. At times, God seems to ask, “do you trust me with this?” Perseverance will teach them how trials can be an opportunity for joy. We really don’t know the depth of our character until we come under pressure. Testing also has a way of maturing us.
I pray that the prodigal is learning to have joy as their faith is tested. May they gain the maturity that comes from persevering through these tough times, lacking nothing.
Consider it pure joy, __________, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.