May 18

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Christ didn’t die for our freedom so we could continue to walk around in bondage. What a burden to be yoked to resentment, bitterness, guilt, etc. It takes a certain amount of energy just to carry all of that. The enemy wants a prodigal to stay bound, Christ wants to set them free.

I pray the prodigal will be able to break free from that yoke of slavery; may they learn to stand firm and free in Christ…

Galatians 5:1

It is for freedom that Christ has set _______ free. Stand firm, then _______, and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

May 17

Isaiah 45:5-6

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.

In this chapter, Cyrus is called “His anointed one” (vs.1). It’s the only time in the Bible a Gentile is said to be “anointed”. Cyrus’ empire spread over 2,000 miles (the largest of any known at that time). God would use Cyrus in the rebuilding of Jerusalem and setting the exiles free.

I think it’s amazing that God used a Gentile, one who didn’t worship Him, to set His people free. It would be for God’s glory and His Kingdom’s increase. Our God can choose to use whatever, and whomever to accomplish His purpose… He is the Lord and there is NO other!

It gives me great hope to know, even though my prodigal may not acknowledge God right now, He is certainly capable of using them for His purpose; to His glory.

Isaiah 45:5-6

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen _________, though he/she has not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.

May 16

Psalm 51:10-12 NLT

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

Praise the Lord, because of Christ, we have the presence of the Holy Spirit that can’t be removed. But, David experienced the separation from God that unconfessed sin brings. I love the phrase “make me willing to obey you.”

I pray our prodigals will have the same thought…. “help me be willing to obey you Lord.” Obedience begins with being willing to do so. From obedience our prodigal will be able to walk in loyalty and with a clean heart. In obedience they will find their greatest joy!

Psalm 51:10-12 NLT

Create in ______ a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within him/her. Do not banish ______ from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from him/her. Restore to ______ the joy of your salvation, and make him/her willing to obey you.

May 15

Jude 24

To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

The book of Jude is primarily about keeping guard so you don’t fall prey to false teachers. If we are rooted and grounded in the truth God has given us, we don’t have to fear falling for false teaching. May the prodigal discern quickly when the truth has been twisted. I’ve heard it said, “The best way to spot a counterfeit is to know the real thing so well you can tell the difference”.

I pray the prodigal will be able to discern any false teaching that crosses their path, including lies of the enemy. May they some day be presented to the Father without fault and with great joy!

As you insert your prodigal’s name in this verse, be at peace knowing He IS able to keep them from falling….

Jude 24

To Him who is able to keep ________ from falling and to present _________ before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy.

May 14

Lamentations 3:56-58

You have heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief”. You came near when I called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” O Lord, you took up my case; you redeemed my life.

Even if our prodigals are in a dark place, fearing what might happen , I pray they hear the Lord whisper calmly in their ear…”do not fear”. Great hope will rise up in their hearts when they hear Him clearly speak these words. The Father is the best defense lawyer a prodigal could ever hope to have!

Lamentations 3:56-58

You have heard ______’s plea: “Do not close your ears to his/her cry for relief.” You came near when _______ called you, and you said, “Do not fear.” O Lord, you took up ________’s case; you redeemed his/her life.

May 13

Luke 11:34, 36 NLT

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.

Jesus indicates here that our “spiritual” eyes are vitally important to our life. The world is constantly bombarding our physical eyes, which can have a “drawing the blinds” effect on our spiritual eyes. It takes discipline to focus our eyes on what is good and godly as we go about our day in a fallen world.

I have this picture of the prodigal’s life being flooded with light! May they be so full of the light of Christ’s presence, that everything, even in the darkest corner, becomes visible because all darkness is driven out.

Luke 11:34, 36 NLT

______’s eye is a lamp that provides light for his/her body. When ______’s eye is good, his/her whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, his/her body is filled with darkness. If _____ is filled with light, with no dark corners, then his/her whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling ______ with light.

May 12

Psalm 81:13-16

If my people would but listen to me, if Israel would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. But you would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.

Oh, what God would provide for the prodigal and do to their enemies if they would give themselves over to His leadership. Thankfully, He is patient and faithful with the prodigal. If they will but turn and respond to Him, He will quickly come to their defense!

As you pray over your prodigal, envision their enemies being defeated and them being satisfied in the Lord alone.

Psalm 81:13-16

If ______ would but listen to me, if ______ would follow my ways, how quickly would I subdue his/her enemies and turn my hand against his/her foes! Those who hate the Lord would cringe before him, and their punishment would last forever. But ______ would be fed with the finest of wheat; with honey from the rock I would satisfy him/her.

May 11

Romans 8:5

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

The enemy will try and take our natural God-given desires and use them as a trap that can overtake our life. He doesn’t have to do much in this area, just keep it before us in some form (TV, movies, magazines, internet, social media, etc.) and human nature will do the rest.

Sexual desire is only one area that our sinful nature can take over. There are so many more. We must pray for our prodigal to set their minds on what the Spirit desires and allow Him some “mind control” in their lives. A mind living according to the Spirit promotes life and peace.

Romans 8:5

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but ______ who lives in accordance with the Spirit has his/her mind set on what the spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but ______’s mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.

May 10

Hosea 11:3-4

It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms; but they did not realize it was I who healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from their neck and bent down to feed them.

Leading with “cords of human kindness” is intriguing to me. Does God use our human kindness to lead others back to Himself? If that is what this verse is indicating, I pray that by our unwavering love for, and kindness toward, the prodigal they will be led back home; that other’s acts of kindness also point them to the Father. Lets pray their yoke of bondage will be lifted as they realize who it is that heals them.

Hosea 11:3-4

It was I who taught ______ to walk, taking him/her by the arms; but ______ did not realize it was I who healed him/her. I led ______ with cords of human kindness, with ties of love; I lifted the yoke from ______’s neck and bent down to feed him/her.

May 9

Psalm 32:8-10

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.

Lets pray today that the prodigal’s ears will be open to instruction, understanding will increase, stubborn streaks will be broken and they will be easily led by the Father. May they trust in Him more and more and in exchange, feel His unfailing love surrounding them.

Psalm 32:8-10

I will instruct ______ and teach him/her in the way he/she should go; I will counsel ______ and watch over him/her. _______, do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds ______ who trusts in Him.