The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.
As a prodigal traverses the pit of whatever they have gotten themselves into, climbing out of that place can look daunting, even impossible. I pray the prodigal will feel the strength of the Lord as they make a move up out of that pit and that their feet are sure and steady on a possibly rocky path. Lets pray they will have the resolve to escape the traps of the enemy and that they keep focused on the “heights” the Father is leading them toward.
The Sovereign Lord is ________’s strength; He makes ________’s feet like the feet of a deer, He enables him/her to go on the heights.
Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.
In one of her Bible studies, Beth Moore shared a powerful visual about this verse. She said the only way to get fully cleansed of a guilty conscience is to draw near to the cross. We must come as close as we can to his body hanging there and look up into the eyes of Christ. With head lifted up to gaze at Him, the blood from his wounds will drop squarely on our heart to cleanse our guilty conscience. (thus having our heart sprinkled) Such a powerful picture for those who have been forgiven but yet continue to carry the guilt of their sin!
God not only wants to wash us clean of sin but our guilt regarding it as well. I pray the prodigal will not fear drawing near the cross; that they quickly find forgiveness and acceptance there. I pray they will lift their gaze toward the face of Christ for that sprinkling of blood on their hearts.
Let _________ draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having his/her heart sprinkled to cleanse him/her from a guilty conscience and having his/her body washed with pure water.
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.
With God’s power at work, through the Holy Spirit, the believer will be amazed at what they can do; more than we could even ask or think! It is God working through us that accomplishes these things…. He needs us to be actively involved.
The prodigal is probably struggling just to have enough faith to believe that their situation will change. Yet, I pray they begin to dig deep and draw from the power within them. As they do, God promises to accomplish infinitely more than they could ask or think!
Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within ________, to accomplish infinitely more than he/she might ask or think.
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
David was willing to have God not only explore his heart but even check his thoughts. He was also willing to be put to the test regarding his love for and obedience to God.
test – to prove, examine, scrutinize, put on trial
I have to ask myself, “Would I want my thoughts and intentions to be put on trial? Am I willing for God to look intently into my heart and mind, and point out what’s hidden there?” It sounds like spiritual open-heart surgery to me.
I pray the prodigal would be willing to submit themselves to the skillful hands of the Father for some exploratory surgery; that they wouldn’t fear God’s “testing” their thoughts and intentions. May they prove to harbor nothing that would offend the Lord.
Search __________, O God, and know his/her heart; test him/her and know his/her anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in him/her, and lead ________ in the way everlasting.
For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose.
It takes submission on our part, but if we take that step, God is able to work in us propelling us forward with a will and actions that are clearly for His glory.
I would love to see the prodigal living with a God-focused will. Let’s pray they’ll submit to the Father allowing Him to work in and through them for His good purpose.
For it is God who works in _________ to will and to act according to His good purpose.
Isaiah 65:24 NLT
I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!
I love this promise. God knows what we are about to pray, even a whisper in desperation, and He has already acted upon it and is working out the answer. Our answer may not actually appear until later, but that doesn’t mean He hasn’t been actively working on that answer as we wait.
This should be an encouragement to your heart regarding the prodigal. I pray we come to find He indeed has been working on our answer in the days ahead.
Isaiah 65:24 NLT
I will answer ________ before he/she even calls to me. While ________ is still talking about his/her needs, I will go ahead and answer his/her prayers!
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
This verse is a visual of severe circumstances. When our world seems to be falling apart, and we find ourselves being engulfed, God will be our refuge and strength.
I pray that the prodigal won’t let fear over take them even though they may feel engulfed by roaring waters or the ground may seem to quake beneath them. I pray they find His ever-present peace and answers are within reach.
God is __________’s refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore __________ will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.
But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
Envision your prodigal as a strong tree with deep roots. I love the thought that those whose confidence doesn’t lie in man or material goods but in the Lord will be like this tree. When hard times come they don’t fear and they will continue to bear fruit no matter what.
I pray the prodigal will put down strong roots that are fed by the stream of pure water from the Holy Spirit. Intense times will test where their confidence is rooted.
But blessed is ________ who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. ________ will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
For decades we (American) Christians have blended into a society that has increasingly become more self-focused instead of God-focused. In my sphere of influence, I’m not regularly challenged in my beliefs and actions. Would I have the courage to speak out if I were? When God is questioned, when injustices are being done, would I take a stand on anything? Is everything I do laced with God’s love? These are tough questions to ask ourselves…
Our prodigals need to understand that the world will be watching their response in many situations. I pray the prodigal will take to heart these words of Paul. May they come to be so God-focused they find themselves in conversations that will take faith and courage! I pray they learn what it means to stand firm in the face of persecution, yet be kind and loving in every way.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14
Be on your guard, ________; stand firm in the faith; be a man/woman of courage; be strong. Do everything in love.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.
All of us have dreamed and made plans for the future. We shouldn’t discount God’s plan for us though, and we are foolish to plan without considering Him. He alone knows how He wants to use us to impact the Kingdom. I am thankful He doesn’t abandon me in my stubbornness regarding His plans for me.
I know He has a purpose for each prodigal. They may have strayed off the path for now, but we can trust He will, in time, fulfill His purpose for them. My prayer is that they recognize Him at work in their lives.
The Lord will fulfill His purpose for _________; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.