2 Timothy 4:17a NLT
But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength.
We never stand alone. The Father is there whether we choose to recognize it or not.
I pray the prodigal will sense His presence with them right where they are today. As they begin to move in a new life, possibly new surroundings, with new friends, I know they will recognize that He has been there all along, giving them strength. May the greatest encouragement they hear be from the unseen one standing right alongside them.
2 Timothy 4:17a NLT
But the Lord stood with _________ and gave him/her strength….
But as for me, I will always have a hope; I will praise you more and more. My mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure. I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. Since my youth, O God, you have taught me, and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
These verse’s are, again, an encouragement to help you look to the future and what your prodigal will become. To hear praise and thanksgiving, for God’s righteousness and mighty acts, come out of their mouths will be an awesome thing!
If you are a parent of a prodigal, be at peace that the things you’ve taught them since childhood will come to bear weight in their life as an adult. God will be faithful to continue to teach them.
But as for _________ he/she will always have a hope; he/she will praise you more and more. __________’s mouth will tell of your righteousness, of your salvation all day long, though he/she knows not its measure. __________ will come and proclaim your mighty acts, O Sovereign Lord; he/she will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone. Since his/her youth, O God, you have taught __________, and to this day he/she declares your marvelous deeds.
I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten…
repay — make up, to make peace with, to be complete, to make whole, to make good
What a wonderful promise! Even though the prodigal, for a time, might have made a mess of their life, I believe God will make up for the lost years as they begin to show a heart of repentance and desire to walk in obedience. It may be that the Father allows the prodigal to make peace with those lost years, and that will be enough. God loves them, their forgiveness has already been won and He’s all about restoration. Even though the past years may have been wasted spiritually, God will make up for them, make good on them in a wonderful way down the road.
Pray today that your prodigal will see things beginning to be restored and that they can make peace with their mistakes.
I will repay ________ for the years the locusts have eaten…
2 Timothy 4:8
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
Paul is near the end of his life. He has been deserted by many of the followers he thought he could depend on. Yet, he kept the faith and finished the race God set out for him. It was a daunting task but he came to the end of his life knowing he would be rewarded.
In Rome, where Paul was imprisoned, the laurel wreath was the “crown” that was most coveted, a symbol of triumph and honor. He had to know that the crown he was about to receive would be much greater and mean so much more than any earthly crown could.
I pray the prodigal will long for the appearance of Christ and the crown that awaits them. May their confidence lie in His eternal, life-giving work on the cross.
2 Timothy 4:8
Now there is in store for ________ the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to him/her on that day—and not only to ________ but also to all who have longed for His appearing.
Proverbs 20:7 NLT
The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children who follow them.
Our prodigals can (and will) walk with integrity and it will influence generations. By praying over them we can also sow into the next generation.
I love the thought that my prayers will have an effect on my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Stay encouraged as you continue to pray for your prodigal. Let’s pray that they would be men and women of integrity!
Proverbs 20:7 NLT
________ walks with integrity; blessed are his/her children who follow him/her.
They overcame him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony….
I know, that in the end, when I stand before Christ, I will be pronounced an overcomer because with one hand I cling to the blood of the Lamb and with the other I lift up the word of my testimony. We should never discredit the importance of our testimony for it is a powerful thing; no one can take it from you and the enemy has no comeback.
I pray in the days ahead, the prodigal will see the power of sharing what God has done in their lives and as they speak of it, the enemy flees.
________ overcame him (the accuser) by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of his/her testimony….
I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Explanatory notes from The Treasury of David:
vs. 7 — “Great generals fight their battles in their own mind long before the trumpet sounds, and so did our Lord win our battle on his knees before he gained it on the cross. It is a gracious habit after taking counsel from above to take counsel within. Wise men see more with their eyes shut by night than fools can see by day with their eyes open… We have a saying among ourselves, that ‘the pillow is the best counselor’; and there is much truth in the saying, especially if we have first committed ourselves in prayer to God, and taken a prayerful spirit with us to our bed. In the quiet of its silent hours, undisturbed by the passions, and not harassed by the conflicts of the world, we can commune with our own heart, and be instructed and guarded as to our future course even in the night season.”
vs 8 — “He that by faith eyes God continually as his protector in trouble shall not be moved with any evil that he suffers, and he that eyes God by faith as his pattern in holiness, shall not be moved from doing that which is good.”
I pray for the prodigal to listen, at night, to the counsel of their own heart, spurred by the Holy Spirit, as to the next steps to take. I pray they set the Lord always before them and are never shaken.
________ will praise the Lord, who counsels him/her; even at night ________’s heart instructs him/her. _________ has set the Lord always before him/her. Because He is at _________’s right hand, he/she will not be shaken.
Blessed is the man, who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
I can’t imagine, for a parent, what it must be like to watch God present your child with a crown of life! Trials the prodigal withstands here on earth, that they persevere out of love for the Father, will be rewarded.
We are an important part of that perseverance by lifting them up in prayer. It will be reward enough for me to see the prodigal receiving theirs!
Blessed is _______, who perseveres under trial, because when he/she has stood the test, _______ will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
What a great thought, that the Holy Spirit can do on the inside of us the opposite of what the world is doing to the outside of us! We should have an internal renewal process going on day by day that causes our spirit to be more excited and alive. That excitement is fueled by knowing our time here on earth is short and our eternal glory is going to outweigh any troubles we may have had. The trials we work through actually are of benefit in maturing us and strengthening us in the faith. So, in times of trouble we must fix our eyes on what we can’t really see but yet can rely on because He has promised.
I pray the prodigal will not loose heart; that they will find they are being renewed each day. I pray they are learning to walk by faith, not sight, knowing what they see is only temporary.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore ________ does not lose heart. Though outwardly he/she is wasting away, yet inwardly he/she is being renewed day by day. For ________’s light and momentary troubles are achieving for him/her an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So ________ fixes his/her eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
And this is my prayer; that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God.
Paul was praying for these early believer’s spiritual growth to be evident by loving at a deeper and more generous level. As they matured, their increasing knowledge and insight should help them live a pure and blameless life.
For us modern day believers, the formula is the same; it’s a process we too should be experiencing. We have been given the fruit of righteousness through Jesus Christ, yet it’s our responsibility to help it grow.
Let’s think big as we pray this verse over the prodigal, as Paul did over his baby believers. That they would grow in knowledge and insight, be able to discern what is best, be pure and blameless and filled with a righteous character… to the glory and praise of God!
And this is my prayer; that ________’s love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that he/she may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ– to the glory and praise of God.