Hear my cry O God; listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
As in the parable, prodigals have to come to the end of themselves before making a change and crying out for help. And the Father is the best place they can run. He is a strong tower and will accept them with love and grace.
When, in the difficulties of life, the faint-hearted prodigal is driven to find a new place to run, may it be to the rock that is higher!
Hear ______’s cry O God; listen to his/her prayer. From the ends of the earth ______ calls to you, ______ calls as his/her heart grows faint; lead ______ to the rock that is higher than he/she. For you have been ______’s refuge, a strong tower against the foe. ______ longs to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
At times I picture this huge battle for my prodigal taking place in the spiritual realm, one they are probably oblivious to. This fight is for their very life because the enemy would love to see them destroyed. That’s why I feel it’s so important to stay in the battle myself – on the prodigal’s behalf. When the storm is raging, I find comfort in these verses.
I pray the prodigal will be convinced of this truth… nothing can separate them from the love of God in Christ!
For ________ is convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate him/her from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus his/her Lord.
Therefore He is able to save completely those, who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.
I love this quote from Robert Murray McCheyne:
“If I could hear Christ praying for me in the next room, I would not fear a million enemies. Yet distance makes no difference; He is praying for me.”
Not only is Christ interceding for our prodigal right at this moment, He is interceding for us… He loves the fact that we are lifting a prodigal up in prayer. He fully understands our heart; the pain and concern we feel for these prodigals we love.
Envision the interceding that’s taking place as you pray this over your prodigal…
Therefore He is able to save completely _______, who comes to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for him/her.
Psalm 9:1-3, 9
I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. My enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you….The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
It will be a wonderful day when you actually see and hear your prodigal praising God for what He has done in their life. Words that speak to the enemy’s defeat encourage me greatly. The enemies of our prodigal may be able to wreak havoc for now, but there will be a day when they will stumble and perish before Him.
Pray today for your prodigal to seek refuge in Him and there, discover wonders that will make their heart rejoice…
_____ will praise you, O Lord, with all his/her heart; _____ will tell of all your wonders. _____ will be glad and rejoice in you; _____ will sing praise to your name, O Most High. _____’s enemies turn back; they stumble and perish before you… The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you maybe filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I desperately want the prodigal to experience this “strength with power” through the Holy Spirit; to be “rooted and established in love” and most importantly grasp the vastness of Christ’s love for them. Experiencing that love is the most transforming thing they will encounter in life!
Declare this verse over your prodigal….
I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen ______ with power through His Spirit in ______’s inner being, so that Christ may dwell in his/her heart through faith. And I pray that ______, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that ______ may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
We also rejoice in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.
Do I enjoy suffering?… No. Do I like to see my prodigal suffer?… No. If I knew that they (or I) would learn invaluable lessons from suffering, would I want to change it?… certainly not.
For the first-century Christians, suffering was the rule rather than the exception. To become what God intended them to be, they had to learn to overcome. Paul knew that the only way to learn to overcome to the point of rejoicing, was through practice.
For me, at times God seems to be saying, “you must learn this, so I’m going to have to go deep here”. I wouldn’t trade for the things my prodigal or I have learned while suffering. Suffering develops perseverance, which strengthens character, and all along we are learning to deal with difficult circumstances in His strength. That’s where our hope is produced. Hope is always about the future.
So, as we pray for our prodigal, we do it with hope….
We also rejoice in ______’s sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into ______’s heart by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given him/her.
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor His ear too dull to hear.
As I pray this verse over my prodigal, it’s encouraging to know God is willing to reach down and save one who may, or may not, at this moment realize they even need to be saved… could be He is saving them from themselves. I love that His ear is always attentive to their cry for help!
Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save ______, nor His ear too dull to hear _______.
Therefore, let the godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.
I had times when I feared the things my prodigal was doing and the habits and friends they were depending on would destroy them. I could return to a sense of peace and rest when I remembered God was their deliverer. What a picture — God surrounding them with songs of deliverance! I think of it as a wall of protection. The enemy can advance only so far and no further.
Speak this encouraging word over yourself and your prodigal; hear Him surrounding you both with songs of deliverance…
Therefore, let _______ pray to You while You may be found; surely when the mighty waters rise, they will not reach him/her. You are _______’s hiding place; you will protect _______ from trouble and surround him/her with songs of deliverance.
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
If a farmer planted corn and pumpkins came up, the country would hear about it on the nightly news! Since the beginning of time, this natural law has never changed…what you sow, you reap. In the spiritual realm it’s the same. If you plant out of your own selfish desires, you will reap a crop of destruction. But if you plant desiring to please God, you will reap joy and everlasting life.
Our prodigal will have a lifetime of sowing and reaping so my desire is that they give some thought to what they are sowing into. May their heart be turned to sowing into the Kingdom.
I hope you consider praying these verses over a prodigal part of your “sowing”. You can expect God to bring in a good harvest from it…
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. ______ reaps what he/she sows. If _______ sows to please his/her sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; if _______ sows to please the spirit, from the Spirit he/she will reap eternal life.
Then you will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul. Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.
You might struggle to see your prodigal this way because they’ve made some bad decisions and most likely have not been walking a “good path.” That’s why we have to keep praying this over them! To picture them with an understanding of what is right, just, and fair and then doing it, brings encouragement to our hearts!
I pray that someday soon the prodigal will walk on “every good path” with wisdom and knowledge and discretion. Be encouraged as you pray this over your prodigal…..
Then ______ will understand what is right and just and fair–every good path. For wisdom will enter ______’s heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to ______’s soul. Discretion will protect ______ and understanding will guard him/her.