I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for those of us who believe.
If these three things comprised part of Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians, how important that they be prayed over our prodigals as well.
I want our prodigal’s hearts to be enlightened by the Holy Spirit so they will know these things…. the confident hope that is theirs as believers, that we, the saints, are God’s glorious inheritance and that there is power available to them!
There’s nothing like the confidence we have knowing our future hope is in heaven with Him.
I pray also that the eyes of ______’s heart may be enlightened in order that he/she may know the hope to which He has called him/her, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for _______ who believes.
Psalm 20:1, 5-8
May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He answers him from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.
Over the centuries, empires and nations have risen to power and subsequently fallen. The true might of a nation comes from God alone. It is in our worship and not our weapons that we stand firm against our enemies.
Our nation seems on fire right now and we need God’s saving power more than ever. May His spirit be in and all around us as we courageously love and stand with our brothers and sisters of color. May we trust in God alone for a victory in changing men’s hearts.
I pray the prodigal will also have victory in their life because they have called on the Lord in times of distress; that they will learn to depend on the Holy Spirit to come along side, giving them strength to stand firm in the battle.
As we see victories in our nation and in our prodigals, we will be the ones waving a banner in the name of our God and shouting for joy!
Psalm 20: 1, 5-8
May the Lord answer ______ when he/she is in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect him/her. We will shout for joy when ______ is victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all ______’s requests. Now I know that the Lord saves His anointed; He answers ______ from His holy heaven with the saving power of His right hand. Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but _______ trusts in the name of the Lord his/her God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but ______ rises up and stands firm.
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this; while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
I find it interesting that in this passage, the Greek word demonstrates means, “to stand firm, continue, establish.” So, my interpretation of this verse is — when God demonstrates His love toward us, He has established His love, is standing firm in that love and it won’t change. When Christ died for us, God made a decision to provide righteousness and He’s not changing His mind. He will continue to provide that righteousness until the end of time and on into eternity.
I love the words “while we were still”… we didn’t have to clean up our act before Christ would die for us, He did it so we could be clean in spite of our sin!
I pray the prodigal will realize God’s love was poured out at the cross while they were still sinning and that His love stands firm for them day after day!
But God demonstrates His own love for _________ in this; while ________ was still a sinner, Christ died for him/her.
Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If not for God’s grace we couldn’t approach Him at all. Thankfully, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross takes all guilt away and we can stand with confidence before Him. But, if we never approach the throne, He doesn’t have the opportunity to show mercy.
My prayer for the prodigal is that soon, with confidence, they’ll make their way to the throne room and find grace and mercy waiting for them.
Let ________ then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that he/she may receive mercy and find grace to help him/her in his/her time of need.
Psalm 116:2 NLT
Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
I’m praying the prodigal will find great comfort and strength in the discipline of prayer! May they be very aware of the Lord’s bending down to listen…
Psalm 116:2 NLT
Because He bends down to listen, _______ will pray as long as he/she has breath!
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.
God wants all of us to be a productive branch producing fruit. It’s easy to get discouraged when you see a prodigal turning their back on the things of God, rendering them fruitless in the spiritual sense.
In the book “Secrets of the Vine,” Bruce Wilkinson talks about his conversation with the owner of a vineyard. This explanation gave me such hope when my prodigal was pretty far away from God –
“New branches have a natural tendency to trail down and grow along the ground…But they don’t bear fruit down there. When branches grow along the ground, the leaves get coated in dust. When it rains, they get muddy and mildewed. The branch becomes sick and useless.” “What do you do? I asked. “Cut it off and throw it away?” “Oh, no!” he exclaimed. “The branch is much too valuable for that. We go through the vineyard with a bucket of water looking for those branches. We lift them up and wash them off…then we wrap them around the trellis or tie them up. Pretty soon they’re thriving.”
When I read these words, I had a beautiful picture of God gently reaching down and lifting up my prodigal, washing him off and anchoring him in a place where he could be productive, because he was of value. And, over time, God did just that! May you have the same assurance today as you put your prodigal’s name into this verse. That He is in control, lifting, washing, securing, pruning…all for His glory.
I am the vine; ________ is the branch. If _________ remains in me and I in him/her, he/she will bear much fruit; apart from Me _________ can do nothing.
“I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.
I love this picture of an “unruly calf” that has strayed and returned… a prodigal who has recognized the Lord’s discipline, understood why it was necessary and has come to full repentance.
I’m praying that it will happen for each of our prodigals. Some might take a little longer than others, but be patient, believing confidently that they will get there.
The thought of God yearning for and having compassion on this “unruly” one makes me smile. My faith grows as I think of the value my prodigal has to the Father. Just as we parents discipline our children in love, God does the same.
“I have surely heard ______’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not ______ my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against _______, I still remember him/her. Therefore my heart yearns for ______; I have great compassion for him/her”, declares the Lord.