The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all He has made.
I love these verses that assure me of Gods grace, compassion and slowness to anger…. such Good News! The prodigal needs this great news to penetrate their thinking. More than likely they have been living in a deceptive lie of the enemy that God is angry with them, or just as bad, doesn’t even care about them. I want so much for them to know His love and how special they truly are to the Father.
My prayer for the prodigal is that any lie of the enemy regarding God’s view of them would be broken. I pray the truth of God’s grace and compassion would flood their heart and they would feel the richness of His love!
The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to ________; He has compassion on all He has made.
John 16:33 NLT
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
What encouraging words to remind myself that Christ has truly overcome! No matter what circumstances surround our prodigal or us, we can take heart and be at peace.
Pray for the prodigal to be encouraged in the midst of trials or sorrows today, because of Christ’s overcoming death on the cross.
John 16:33 NLT
“I have told ________ this so that he/she may have peace in me. Here on earth ________ will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
I will heal their waywardness and love them freely, for my anger has turned away from them. I will be like the dew to Israel; he will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon he will send down his roots; his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
The lily was a Jewish symbol of chastity and virtue. The Cedar tree, the most treasured of all the trees that grew in the mountains of Lebanon, straight and strong, with a wonderful scent. The olive leaf, a symbol of abundance, glory and peace, was used to crown the victors of friendly games and bloody wars. It’s oil was used to anoint kings as well as burnt in the sacred lamps of the temple.
Don’t you love that God uses the natural things of His creation to describe His care and love for us and what we have the potential to become in Him?
I hope this verse encourages you in the potential of your prodigal. Let’s pray over them the chastity and virtue of a lily, the strength and value of a cedar and the abundance, glory and peace of the olive tree.
I will heal ________’s waywardness and love him/her freely, for my anger has turned away from him/her. I will be like the dew to ________; he/she will blossom like a lily. Like a cedar of Lebanon ________ will send down his/her roots; his/her young shoots will grow. ________’s splendor will be like an olive tree, his/her fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Where ever we are and whatever we do, we always represent Christ. Is my thankfulness for what Christ has done for me reflected in my actions?
The prodigal will only reflect Christ to the extent that he has experienced Him. I pray for the prodigal to have a relationship with Christ that produces a thankful heart. As they live life and encounter people, may they do it in the name of Christ.
And whatever you do, ________, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Troubling times occur in our lives that take us to the only place we can go for refuge — the Father. He is not just “present” in times like these, but VERY present. His presence is palpable and gives us strength that is beyond understanding.
I pray for the prodigal to be very familiar with the strength and presence of God in their life. May it draw them to Him in a new and deeper walk.
God is ________’s refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
Like a loving parent, God is always directing and leading, wanting the best for His children. We are best served to listen and follow His instruction, which opens up a flow of peace into our lives.
I pray for the prodigal to be easily taught by the Lord, the Holy one of Israel, their Redeemer; may it bring peace to their circumstance and hope for what lies ahead.
This is what the Lord says—________’s Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; “I am the Lord ________’s God, who teaches him/her what is best for him/her, who directs ________ in the way he/she should go.”
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
The church, in Paul’s day was facing major persecution. We, too, are living in evil days. God asks us to use our heads, be wise and act according to what He wants done, taking advantage of every opportunity to show Him to the world. The only way to understand what God wants is to be in intimate conversations with Him and by drawing on the power of the Holy Spirit to direct our thinking. Just as alcohol controls the actions of the one who is drunk, we should let the Holy Spirit be the one who is controlling us because we are filled up with Him.
My prayer for the prodigal is, that they recognize we are living in evil days; that they act with wisdom, knowing God’s will, because they have sought it out. I pray they are not being mastered by alcohol but by the Holy Spirit.
Be very careful, ________, how you live—not as unwise, but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, ________, do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit.
Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.
Though these verses are about the restoration of Israel, I like to envision them as a picture of the restoration of a prodigal. It seems the prodigal can be trapped in a tomb of unmet expectations, defeat, and despair. They may need to be set free from the grave, have new life breathed into them and settled in a place of freedom from past mistakes.
I’m praying today that the prodigal will have a testimony as to what God has done; how He placed His spirit within them bringing them forth from the grave to live again!
Then ________will know that I am the Lord, when I open his/her grave and bring him/her up from it. I will put my spirit in ________ and he/she will live, and I will settle him/her in his/her own land. Then ________ will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.
Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge, into your hands I commit my spirit; redeem me, O Lord, the God of truth.
We are well aware of the many traps the enemy has placed in our life and the lives of our loved ones. Sometimes we are alert enough to see them before walking into them; sometimes we’re made aware after we’ve already taken the bait. He will continue to be relentless in his efforts, so we must be relentless in being alert to his schemes. Placing our lives in the Father’s hands along with staying in the Word will go a long way in keeping us alert to those traps by promptings from the Holy Spirit.
Pray for your prodigal to have a keen eye to the traps of the enemy. May they trust their lives into His hands and find a refuge in Him. Lets pray also that the truth of God’s Word and the prompting of the Holy Spirit are leading them along in victory.
Free ________ from the trap that is set for him/her, for you are his/her refuge, into your hands ________ commits his/her spirit; redeem ________, O Lord, the God of truth.
I tell you the truth if anyone says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Between 23 and 15BC, Herod literally had a mountain moved in order to build his palace…
“He wanted to build a fortress palace in Israel that could be seen from Jerusalem and the surrounding areas so that the Jews never forgot he was always watching. He also wanted to be sure it was the absolutely tallest thing in the surrounding landscape. So, he narrowed his building site down to two hills (small mountains) which were near each other. Then, he simply used forced labor to pare the top off one to add to the top of the other to make it bigger. One pail full of dirt and rocks at a time. He literally moved a mountain” — Sherri Gragg
Jesus was probably referring to Herod’s mountain when he encouraged his followers that God would move mountains for them if they had faith! Their God would be able to accomplish much more than earthly will-power and strength could produce; more than they could ever imagine.
My prayer for the prodigal is that they would ask for big things; that there would be no doubt of God’s power to move the mountains in their life.
I tell you the truth if ________ says to this mountain, “Go, throw yourself into the sea,” and does not doubt in his/her heart but believes that what he/she says will happen, it will be done for him/her. Therefore I tell you, whatever ________ asks for in prayer, if he believes that he/she has received it, it will be his/hers.