Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
If not for God’s grace we couldn’t approach Him at all. Thankfully, the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross takes all guilt away and we can stand with confidence before Him. But, if we never approach the throne, He doesn’t have the opportunity to show mercy.
My prayer for the prodigal is that soon, with confidence, they’ll make their way to the throne room and find grace and mercy waiting for them.
Let ________ then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that he/she may receive mercy and find grace to help him/her in his/her time of need.
Psalm 116:2 NLT
Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
I’m praying the prodigal will find great comfort and strength in the discipline of prayer! May they be very aware of the Lord’s bending down to listen…
Psalm 116:2 NLT
Because He bends down to listen, _______ will pray as long as he/she has breath!
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.
God wants all of us to be a productive branch producing fruit. It’s easy to get discouraged when you see a prodigal turning their back on the things of God, rendering them fruitless in the spiritual sense.
In the book “Secrets of the Vine,” Bruce Wilkinson talks about his conversation with the owner of a vineyard. This explanation gave me such hope when my prodigal was pretty far away from God –
“New branches have a natural tendency to trail down and grow along the ground…But they don’t bear fruit down there. When branches grow along the ground, the leaves get coated in dust. When it rains, they get muddy and mildewed. The branch becomes sick and useless.” “What do you do? I asked. “Cut it off and throw it away?” “Oh, no!” he exclaimed. “The branch is much too valuable for that. We go through the vineyard with a bucket of water looking for those branches. We lift them up and wash them off…then we wrap them around the trellis or tie them up. Pretty soon they’re thriving.”
When I read these words, I had a beautiful picture of God gently reaching down and lifting up my prodigal, washing him off and anchoring him in a place where he could be productive, because he was of value. And, over time, God did just that! May you have the same assurance today as you put your prodigal’s name into this verse. That He is in control, lifting, washing, securing, pruning…all for His glory.
I am the vine; ________ is the branch. If _________ remains in me and I in him/her, he/she will bear much fruit; apart from Me _________ can do nothing.
“I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord.
I love this picture of an “unruly calf” that has strayed and returned… a prodigal who has recognized the Lord’s discipline, understood why it was necessary and has come to full repentance.
I’m praying that it will happen for each of our prodigals. Some might take a little longer than others, but be patient, believing confidently that they will get there.
The thought of God yearning for and having compassion on this “unruly” one makes me smile. My faith grows as I think of the value my prodigal has to the Father. Just as we parents discipline our children in love, God does the same.
“I have surely heard ______’s moaning: ‘You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and I will return, because you are the Lord my God. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not ______ my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against _______, I still remember him/her. Therefore my heart yearns for ______; I have great compassion for him/her”, declares the Lord.
The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.
“Fear of the Lord” has to do with an awe of Him and respect for His Word. When we have this kind of awe and respect for God, we will gladly listen to Him and walk according to what He desires.
One commentary says – “Those who fear the Lord are “untouched by trouble” because of their healthy habits, their beneficial life-style, and sometimes through God’s direct intervention.” It continues on to say, “This verse doesn’t mean we will be free from any trouble in this life. Evil things still happen to those who love God. This verse is not a universal promise but a general guideline.”
I like to think of it as — fear of the Lord leads to contentment in life no matter what the circumstance; trouble may be all around me but I am at peace and resting in the Lord.
Pray today for the prodigal to fear the Lord, to be in awe of Him and respect His Word. The benefit will be peace, filling their hearts and minds, no matter what they are walking through…
The fear of the Lord leads to life: Then ________ rests content, untouched by trouble.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
I love how The Message translates this verse — “You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.”
I believe there is “light” in the prodigal but it is being covered in the shadow of darkness that they’ve allowed to engulf them. The enemy will be sly and relentless in preventing them from seeing that they are truly light; and allowing that light to shine. Jesus addressed this in Matthew (5:14-15) when He spoke about us being the “light of the world, ” a light set on a hill, not as one covered up by a basket.
I pray the prodigal will rediscover the “light of Christ” within them; it’s been there since their conversion. May they begin to live as children of light!
For ________ was once darkness, but now he/she is light in the Lord. Live, ________, as a child of light.
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
We, as moms and dads, think our kids are pretty great, yet, how much more the Father loves our children, even the prodigal!
David had to have some confidence in his position before the Father to speak of himself as the “apple of your eye”. We should have the same confidence and know our prodigal is positioned the same as David; special in the eyes of God and worthy of a spot tucked in the shadow of His wings…
Keep _______ as the apple of your eye; hide ________ in the shadow of your wings.