And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Paul, who is in prison, shares in this chapter of Philippians how he has learned to live with plenty and lack; that he could do all things through Christ. It was even through Christ and the Spirit’s prompting that the church was meeting his needs.
We may not always have all we want, but through Christ, we have everything we need! We are rich by most standards with plenty to give away. I hope I will always be quick to respond to the prompting of the Holy Spirit in this area. We, the church, are the hands and feet of God and should always be ready to share with someone in need.
I pray as the prodigal struggles, possibly with legitimate physical needs, someone will step out in response to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to help them. It would be a wonderful picture of God’s faithfulness to them as well as bring glory to Christ.
And my God will meet all ________’s needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. Then you will call and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help and he will say; Here am I.
For all of us there have been times when it seems a thick cloud is hovering over us spiritually (and possibly physically). The light of Christ enables us to break though these times of darkness just as the dawn breaking forth on a clear day.
When Christ brings breakthrough, along with it comes refreshing and healing. The Father promises to come behind us as an encourager and protector – our rear guard – lest we slip back into that darkness. When we call for help, He is right there.
Prayers today are for the prodigal to feel like they are breaking through the darkness to a new dawn with a strong presence guarding them from behind. When they call out to the Lord, I pray they hear His immediate response…”Here I am”.
Then ________’s light will break forth like the dawn, and his/her healing will quickly appear; then _________’s righteousness will go before him/her, and the glory of the Lord will be his/her rear guard. Then _________ will call and the Lord will answer; _________ will cry for help and He will say; Here am I.
Psalm 18: 29-30
With your help I can advance against a troop, with my God I can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.
David had no military training. He was merely a shepherd boy with a big God. A God who would teach him all he needed to know to have success.
My son’s in the military have depended heavily on their training. It can make the difference between life and death. Spiritual training is no different. The Father delights in teaching us new skills that will help us as we move offensively. Being able to advance in confidence and depend on God for strength comes through training yourself to do so.
Each of us has enemies we are advancing against all the time. I have to believe as I press on against huge obstacles in life, God is right there with me helping me take more and more ground on His behalf. His Word is our greatest weapon in advancing against our enemy…it’s perfect and flawless.
I love the immediate reference to taking refuge in the Lord. There are times of moving forward and taking ground and times to take refuge and rest; both are important.
Pray today that the prodigal will take action against their enemy, advancing in God’s strength. I pray they will know when to move forward, sword drawn, and when to take refuge behind their great shield, the Lord himself.
Psalm 18: 29-30
With your help ________ can advance against a troop, with his/her God ________ can scale a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is flawless. He is a shield for _________ who takes refuge in Him.
“As soon as you began to pray, an answer was given”…
Daniel’s prayer in Chapter 9 is a cry to the Lord for the forgiveness of His people. Daniel is pleading and fasting on their behalf, asking that the Lord would look with favor on them once again. He calls on God to be merciful. While he was still speaking, Gabriel shows up and delivers this message. I envision all of heaven poised, just waiting to spring into action.
What a wonderful thought — when we pray a prayer that invoke’s God’s mercy, the instant we start praying, the answer is given. It may take some time for all the details to work out but we can be sure that He hears and is acting on our behalf.
I pray the prodigal will come to see their prayers being answered as they confess sin. They may not have a visit from Gabriel, but I pray they sense the Lord springing into action on their behalf.
“As soon as ________ began to pray, an answer was given”…
1 Peter 1:5-6
…who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
The word “shielded” is a Greek word translated — “garrisoned” – a military post that is permanently established.
I can rejoice because, as a believer, I am permanently established and secure in the Father until the day my salvation is revealed. As a country, we have no idea what the next years may bring for those of us who are believers in Christ. For now, I may have to suffer all kinds of trials, but it will all be worth it when the day comes to receive my salvation. I will take it from the hands of Jesus, himself, and step into eternity.
No matter what our prodigals may go through, they are established by the Father and at the appointed time will also receive their salvation. Let’s pray that in the midst of a stormy sea, they can rejoice at what lies ahead.
1 Peter 1:5-6
________, through faith is shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this ________ greatly rejoices, though now for a little while he/she may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
Joshua 3:4a, 5b
Then you will know which way to go, since you have never been this way before…. Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you….
I love the story of Joshua. He and Caleb were the only spies who believed, with God’s help, that they could conquer the inhabitants of their promised land. Now after 40 years, Joshua is back doing what he felt sure they could do all those years earlier.
God promised never to leave him and commanded him to be strong and courageous. When the ark moved, they were to move with it and take the land; it was the presence of God going before them.
Consecrate — to dedicate to a divine purpose.
As Israel stepped out, believing in God’s purpose and dedicating themselves to the task, what awesome things they would see Him do.
I pray that the prodigal would see divine purpose in their present situation, though it may be new territory for them. I pray they would keep their eyes on Him as they confidently and courageously move forward.
Joshua 3:4a, 5b
Then ________ will know which way to go, since he/she has never been this way before…. Consecrate yourself ________, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things….
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
As a parent, we know our children are wonderfully made, so unique in temperament and talent. It is a great comfort to know that God knew them before we did; as they were being woven together in the womb. The book on their life was written from the very beginning and for our prodigals, the best years are ahead; He’s not finished with them yet!
I pray today that the prodigal will grasp the uniqueness that is theirs and realize a loving God has set their life in motion for great things. I pray they will rise to the calling on their life.
________ praises you because he/she is fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, ________ knows that full well. ________’s frame was not hidden from you when he/she was made in the secret place. When ________ was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw his/her unformed body. All the days ordained for ________ were written in your book before one of them came to be.
“If anyone is thirsty let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”
There are many references in the Old Testament to springs and living water; instances where water was brought forth and quenched the thirst (Isaiah 55:1), dry land becoming springs of water (Isaiah 41:18), or drawing water with joy from the wells of salvation. (Isaiah 12:3)
“It became Jewish custom on the last day of the feast to have a “pouring out of water” – Libatio aquae. A gold vessel was filled from the pool of Siloam and carried to the temple altar where it was poured out, before the Lord, with much joy and celebration”. (Dr. John Lightfoot)
Jesus probably used this moment as a visual of how the Holy Spirit would be living water pouring out of His believers. What a powerful picture that must have been for those who grasped it’s meaning.
We, who are followers of Christ, are the recipients of this source of living water. It should be our desire daily, to “flow out” on those who are hopeless, dry, thirsty and in need of a touch from the Father.
Let’s pray for the prodigal today, who is probably thirsty and in need of refreshing from the Lord, that whatever has stopped the flow within them will be opened up once more to pour out His goodness on all who come in contact with them.
“If ________ is thirsty let him/her come to Me and drink. ________, who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him/her.”
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
The church in Rome was under persecution. Paul’s advice to them in this chapter includes this short verse with a challenge. Here are some thoughts from Matthew Henry on this verse:
“Rejoicing in hope. God is worshipped and honored by our hope and trust in him, especially when we rejoice in that hope… Patient in tribulation. Thus also God is served, not only by working for him when he calls us to work, but by sitting still quietly when he calls us to suffer… Observe, those that rejoice in hope are likely to be patient in tribulation. It is a believing prospect of the joy set before us that bears up the spirit under all outward pressure. Faithful in prayer. Prayer is a friend to hope and patience, and we do in it serve the Lord.”
Because of God’s great love for the prodigal, we have hope; and why not have some joy while resting in that hope! There is no excuse for being unfaithful in prayer. Prayers can be continually whispered as we go about our day.
I pray the prodigal will learn to live in this verse; that they can walk in hope and patience and be faithful in conversation with the Father.
________ – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
“..no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me.” declares the Lord.
We are living in times that will require us to stand up for the Lord, and possibly face persecution because of our faith in Him. I pray that, as a believer in Christ, I would be able to refute anyone who accuses me. Weapons are constantly being forged against those who love the Lord and I think the attacks will speed up as we near Christ’s return. Our heritage is, though, they will be forged but they will not prevail!
Seeing the prodigal become a strong advocate for Christ is the desire of our hearts. Let’s pray, as they stand for Christ, nothing will prevail against them.
“..no weapon forged against _________ will prevail, and he/she will refute every tongue that accuses him/her. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and this is their vindication from me.” declares the Lord.