January 28

1 John 5:3-5

This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

Some days I feel more like an overcomer than others. Yet, this is the promise for those who believe in Jesus Christ; we ARE overcomer’s. We should live from a place of victory not strive to accomplish victory (as Graham Cooke would say). I think the key is a change in mindset as well as a change of heart. Obedience to God’s Word is not designed to be burdensome; we should desire a life of obedience and recognize that we were given the tools to accomplish it when we came to faith in Christ.

I pray the prodigal will see themselves as an overcomer of the obstacles the enemy puts in their path; may God begin to change their perception of themselves. I pray they live from a place of victory and not think overcoming is unattainable.

1 John 5:3-5

This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome, for ________, born of God, overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even ________’s faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? _________ who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

January 27

Psalm 15:1-5

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? He whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his heart and has no slander on his tongue, who does his neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his oath even when it hurts, who lends his money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.

These verses are a picture of how those who love Christ should live. As the church, we need to be above reproach in all of our relationships. I’m afraid it’s an indictment on my selfishness and impatience many times as a believer. But, if we will follow this example of how to live, there comes with it a promise… a solid foundation that will undergird our life.

This may not be a picture of your prodigal, but put their name in the blanks in faith that someday they will be this person. It’s always encouraging to visualize what our loved one’s “future” life will look like.

Psalm 15:1-5

Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy hill? ________ whose walk is blameless and who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from his/her heart and has no slander on his/her tongue, who does his/her neighbor no wrong and casts no slur on his/her fellowman, who despises a vile man but honors those who fear the Lord, who keeps his/her oath even when it hurts, who lends his/her money without usury and does not accept a bribe against the innocent. ________ who does these things will never be shaken.

January 26

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we ought always to thank God for you, brothers loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

Salvation begins with God. There is nothing we have done, or can do, to earn this gift of love which was established from the beginning. Believing in the truth is our key to coming to faith in Christ. The guarantee lies with the Holy Spirit, who has been placed in us as a deposit on our future and moves us along in faithfulness to Christ.

Let’s pray that the prodigal will seek and delight in the truth, that their name is written in heaven because they have been chosen and loved by God himself.

2 Thessalonians 2:13

But we ought always to thank God for _________, a brother/sister loved by the Lord, because from the beginning God chose him/her to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.

January 25

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your enemy before you, saying, ”destroy him!”

This was a portion of Moses’ blessing spoken over the tribe of Asher. I love the idea of God pointing His finger at the enemy and saying, “destroy him”. There is a place we can go where nothing can hurt us; sheltered in His everlasting arms.

I am praying today that God is pointing His mighty finger at the prodigal’s enemy, pushing him back, for now, so they can walk in freedom. One day soon, he will be destroyed. I pray the prodigal will run to His everlasting arms and there find the security they long for.

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is ________’s refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out _________’s enemy before him/her, saying, ”destroy him!”

January 24

Psalm 30:4-5

Sing to the Lord, you saints of His; praise His holy name. for His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

These verses are a sweet reminder that God’s anger is short lived; our Savior has taken the weight of His wrath so we don’t have to experience it. In all our trials and grief, weeping will also be brief compared to the rejoicing that will follow!

Let’s pray the prodigal will recognize God’s favor on their life. May they realize the rejoicing that comes in the morning is provision from a Father who sees their tears.

Psalm 30:4-5

Sing to the Lord, _________; praise His holy name. for His anger lasts only a moment but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

January 23

Isaiah 61:10

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

I have no idea what garments of salvation or a robe of righteousness look like. I assume they are wedding attire only the bride of Christ could wear; something we could not imagine in earthly terms. These new clothes have already been purchased by the blood of Christ and are clothing us in the spiritual. Some day our eyes will be opened to the true beauty of them. The thought of this should bring great delight and cause our soul to rejoice.

My prayer today is that the prodigal could visualize themselves as the bride of Christ; precious to the Savior. I pray they will rejoice in the thought of Christ’s sacrifice, which purchased for them these beautiful garments of righteousness. I also pray you can envision your prodigal standing with the Lord in these magnificent garments one day.

Isaiah 61:10

__________ delights greatly in the Lord; his/her soul rejoices in his/her God. For He has clothed __________ with garments of salvation and arrayed him/her in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

January 22

John 14:14

You may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.

Jesus assured His followers that they would be able to do great things! One key to their power was that they ask in His name. Our name is attached to sin, but His name is known throughout the heavens and attached to power!

I pray for the prodigal to discover all that’s available to them through the powerful name of Jesus.

John 14:14

________  may ask Me for anything in My name, and I will do it.

January 21

Proverbs 16:7

When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.

What a great thought, that God influences our relationships, enemy or not. His favor resting on us keeps even those who would be at odds with us from coming against us. The only prerequisite is that our lives please Him.

Oh, that the prodigal’s life would please the Lord so that even their enemies would be at peace with them.

Proverbs 16:7

When ___________’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his/her enemies live at peace with him/her.

January 20

Psalm 13:5-6

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to me.

When the prodigal son returned home to his father, who held a party to celebrate his return, it was a picture of God’s unfailing love for us. Two of the proofs of His love are the provision of salvation through His son and His goodness toward us. In response, our hearts rejoice.

I pray the prodigal will come to trust in God’s great love for them and recognize His goodness in their life.

Psalm 13:5-6

But ________ trusts in your unfailing love; his/her heart rejoices in your salvation. ________ will sing to the Lord, for He has been good to him/her.

January 19

2 Thessalonians 1:11

So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of His call. May He give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.

I believe each of us, as followers of Christ, has a calling on our life and God will enable us to do anything He calls us to.

The same is true for the prodigal. They may not be walking in their calling just yet, but I must believe they will. The Father can enable them to live a changed life, worthy of HIs calling. Let’s pray they will be prompted by faith to do good things and accomplish them through the power of the Holy Spirit.

2 Thessalonians 1:11

So we keep on praying for _________, asking our God to enable him/her to live a life worthy of his/her call. May He give _________ the power to accomplish all the good things his/her faith prompts him/her to do.