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.
May my cry come before you, O Lord; give me understanding according to your word. May my supplication come before you; deliver me according to your promise. May my lips overflow with praise, for you, teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. I long for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is my delight. Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me. I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commandments.
One of the greatest blessings I’ve had in walking through years of praying for a prodigal is to now sit by them in church and see them sing praise to the Lord! Once God delivers from such a self-centered and difficult time in their life, they just can’t help but sing His praises. It does my heart good to see it.
Be encouraged about your prodigal today; envision them being delivered and sustained by the Lord as well as overflowing with praise before Him…
May ______’s cry come before you, O Lord; give ______ understanding according to your word. May ______’s supplication come before you; deliver him/her according to your promise. May ______’s lips overflow with praise, for you, teach him/her your decrees. May _____’s tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help _____, for he/she has chosen your precepts. ______ longs for your salvation, O Lord, and your law is ______’s delight. Let _____ live that he/she may praise you, and may your laws sustain him/her. ______ has strayed like a lost sheep. Seek ______ your servant, for he/she has not forgotten your commandments.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
This popular verse gives us great hope regarding a prodigal, especially in times of difficult circumstances. God is always working in their life to bring good from whatever they have experienced. He is faithful and good will come of it, to be used for His glory!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of _______ who loves Him, who has been called according to His purpose.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
I don’t care how dark things get in our prodigal’s life, I believe there is never total darkness. Even if there’s just a small flicker of light, it’s there. The knowledge of God’s love we have spoken into their lives will shine in the darkest of nights for them. I pray they literally see the face of Christ and it will be what draws them back.
2 Corinthians 4:6
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in ______’s heart to give him/her the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek me with all your heart.
God doesn’t hide himself from us. In times He seems far away, it’s us who have hidden. As soon as a prodigal turns and starts seeking the Father, He will immediately reveal Himself to them… actually He’s been there all the time.
I pray that the prodigal is turning their thoughts and heart toward the Father; that their seeking for truth has already begun.
_______ will seek Me and find Me when he/she seeks me with all his/her heart.