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.
Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.
We all feel the pull of the world constantly and know the power of it. As we are taught by the Lord and choose to walk in His truth, the power of that attraction is diminished. Because of His great love for us, and protection over us, we have reason to glorify His name forever!
We want to see our prodigals walking with an undivided heart; that love of the world would not constantly be contending with their love for the Father. May His love win out and embed a song of praise in their hearts forever.
Teach ________ your way, O Lord, and he/she will walk in your truth; give _________ an undivided heart, that he/she may fear your name. ________ will praise you, O Lord my God, with all his/her heart; ________ will glorify your name forever. For great is your love toward ________; you have delivered him/her from the depths of the grave.
Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
“Rescue” here means deliverance… the power of one entity over another; to snatch away, pluck, save, and without fail.
God alone has power to restrain our enemy. It is through our believing in that power that the enemy’s hold on us is broken. I’m not sure how much fighting we actually have to do; sometimes we are just too weak to fight. Because we have such a mighty God, merely standing beside him as He goes to battle for us is enough. I believe deliverance can come in a loved one’s life even by our faithful intercessory prayers.
Let’s intercede for the prodigal today in this way: if they don’t understand how to fight or are too weak to do it, they will begin to trust in the one who will go to battle for them. I pray for the hand of the wicked to be broken in the prodigal’s life.
Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of ________ from the hands of the wicked.
2 Timothy 1:14
Guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
In this first chapter of 2 Timothy, Paul encourages young Timothy to be faithful to his calling. Paul has invested a lot into this young man’s life and wants him to guard all the Lord has taught him. Instead of remaining a student, he was now to become a leader. When he had times of conflict and questioned his faith he could always draw on his inner resources with the help of the Holy Spirit.
I doubt we will go through the kind of transition Timothy had to or will ever have the fear of persecution like he faced, but each of us needs to be aware of what has been entrusted to us and guard it also . We have everything we need to carry us through difficult times with the Holy Spirit’s help.
A good deposit has been made in our prodigals. Let’s pray that they will guard what’s been entrusted to them with help from the Holy Spirit.
2 Timothy 1:14
__________, guard the good deposit that was entrusted to you—guard it with the help of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.
As we begin a new year, these are powerful words for the prodigal and us! Paul could speak these words because he had learned to see life from God’s point of view and move in His strength; finding contentment in every situation. I pray you are moving in the strength and hope of the Lord concerning your prodigal as 2021 ends and 2022 begins.
The prodigal has been living in their own strength for so long, it’s hard for them to know what it’s like to walk in God’s strength. My prayer for the prodigal, as they begin this new year, is that they recognize their position in Christ; they are a loved son and daughter! I pray they are weary of keeping up a life apart from the Father and begin to walk the path back, encouraged that they can do anything in His strength. May joy and peace be a mantle that covers them in days ahead.
__________ can do everything through Him who gives him/her strength.
Psalm 51:17 NLT
The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
We tend to see someone in brokenness as weak. Yet, a heart that is repentant and broken over sin touches the Father’s heart. In Old Testament days, a sacrifice was required, but what He desires from us is recognition of our sin and a brokenhearted approach concerning it. He may reject the sin but will never reject us, because we believe in His Son, the greatest sacrifice.
Pray that your prodigal will find themselves broken over their sin; that they will have a repentant heart before the Lord.
Psalm 51:17 NLT
The sacrifice you desire is ________’s broken spirit. You will not reject ________’s broken and repentant heart, O God.