2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
Paul is asking God to remove the “thorn in his side,” which is a torment to him, and God replies with the encouraging words that His grace is all he needs.
Part of the equation is accepting the fact that we are weak so we will rely on His strength. His strength is actually perfected through our weakness.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they will recognize their weaknesses. I pray they will find themselves in situations that require God’s strength more so than their limited ability. May it be a proving ground for them; a discovery that He is for them and is indeed using them for His purposes.
2 Corinthians 12:9
Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now ________ is glad to boast about his/her weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through him/her.
Psalm 26:1-3 NLT
Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and affections. I am constantly aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth.
In these verses David is asking the Lord to cross-examine him. He knows his heart has been pure regarding being God’s man. It’s not that he had never sinned, but he was consistently in fellowship with God and cleared his record quickly by asking forgiveness.
As I look at David’s prayer in light of my own life, I wonder if I could pray it with the same confidence? God knows my motives even before I act, so I pray I will quickly recognize my sin. May my affections always be for Him; aware of His unfailing love toward me.
I love the thought of our prodigals being tested in regards to their integrity and standing clean before Him. I am praying it will be so because they have trusted in the work of Christ and are becoming men and women after the heart of God.
Psalm 26:1-3 NLT
Declare ________ innocent, O Lord, for he/she has acted with integrity; he/she has trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put ________ on trial, Lord, and cross-examine him/her. Test ________’s motives and affections. ________ is constantly aware of your unfailing love, and he/she has lived according to your truth.
If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
The world may despise us because of Christ, but we can be confident that, because of our obedience, we are in His love and greatly loved indeed! Our joy will be complete as we live in that love and replicate it towards others.
Let’s pray the prodigal feels the love of Christ today; that they are filled with complete joy because they are remaining in and trusting in that love.
If ________ obeys my commands, he/she will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have told ________ this so that my joy may be in him/her and that his/her joy may be complete.
And now, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees…
A pretty tall order for the best of us, yet our lives are to be committed, heart and soul to Him as we desire to walk in His ways, not our own.
My prayer is that the prodigal would know what God asks of them, be in awe of Him, and be willing to serve Him with all of their heart and soul.
And now, what does the Lord ________’s God ask of him/her but to fear the Lord his/her God, to walk in all His ways, to love Him, to serve the Lord his/her God with all his/her heart and with all his/her soul, and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees ….
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
What joy indeed for those of us who believe in Christ’s atoning work… we know we have been forgiven and our sin has been put out of sight. Because of Christ we have been cleared of all guilt!
I pray the prodigal will be filled with joy when they think of what Christ has done! May it move them to live a life in complete honesty before the Father. I pray they see themselves as God sees them… cleared of guilt.
Oh, what joy for ________ whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for ________ whose record the Lord has cleared of guilt, whose life is lived in complete honesty!
The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.
Even in the darkest of times, I have experienced the Holy Spirit speaking to my soul, assuring me I am a loved child of God. We are in Christ and He in us, so the deposit of the Holy Spirit into our hearts is for especially these times — when we need to know we are God’s children.
I pray the Holy Spirit is always testifying of God’s love to the prodigal; reminding them that they are His child.
The Spirit himself testifies with ________’s spirit that he/she is God’s child.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
The word “power” in this verse has to do with mighty work – miraculous power. God not only wants us to be bold but to be bold in the area of miraculous belief and action. In these last days, the church will need to be bold and expect the miraculous.
The Holy Spirit is not the author of timidity. We have the responsibility to use Holy Spirit power to love big and have self-control in all areas of our life. We can’t be a powerful servant of God without love and self-discipline.
I pray our prodigals will be bold believers; that they will be trouble for the enemy because of their faith and action. I pray they will have love and compassion for all they come in contact with and live a life of self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave ________ does not make him/her timid, but gives him/her power, love and self-discipline.