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.
Psalm 25:8-10 NLT
The Lord is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to those who go astray. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them His way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all who keep His covenant and obey His demands.
The Lord is always ready to lead if we will defer to Him instead of blindly going our own way. Can I leave room in my plans for a change of direction, if He so desires? Humility and obedience are key; recognizing it’s not our plans that give us success, but His unfailing love and faithfulness.
Let’s pray the prodigal will recognize God’s desire to lead them and welcome it. May they be humble as they do what’s right in His eyes and realize His faithfulness and love as doors open before them on a “proper” path.
Psalm 25:8-10 NLT
The Lord is good and does what is right; He shows the proper path to ________. He leads the humble in doing right, teaching him/her His way. The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness ________, who keeps His covenant and obeys His demands.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand.
We need to recognize that our battle is not with our co-workers, our spouse, our family; not flesh and blood… the battle is against spiritual forces of evil. The mere fact that we are believers in Christ, will bring on attacks of the enemy in all areas of our life. Putting on the armor of God (belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation) is the way to stand and remain standing when we’ve done everything we can.
We should be praying the armor of God over our prodigals often. I pray they will spiritually dress themselves in His armor, take up their shield and stand their ground!
For ________’s struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore, ________, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand.