October 18

Psalm 86:1-4

Hear, O Lord, and answer me for I am poor and needy. Guard my life, for I am devoted to you. You are my God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.

Coming to the conclusion that they are poor and needy, in great need of God’s help, is a huge step for the prodigal. Once they fully trust the Father and see the deliverance He provides, I’m confident their devotion to Him will follow. Feeling His love and mercy while coming out of a time of rebellion is transforming. It will fuel their trust to go to deeper levels, then even in spite of difficult circumstances there can be joy in their hearts.

I envision the prodigal walking out of past failures and becoming a joyful servant of God, lifting up their soul to Him in trust!

Psalm 86:1-4

Hear, ________ O Lord, and answer him/her for he/she is poor and needy. Guard ________’s life, for he/she is devoted to you. You are ________’s God; save your servant who trusts in you. Have mercy on ________, O Lord, for he/she calls to you all day long. Bring joy to ________, for to you, O Lord, he/she lifts up his/her soul.

October 17

Ephesians 4:22
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

The prodigal son walked away from his old life and was headed home to make a deal with his father. He was under the impression he would be treated as a slave and glad to do it. But the father met him with open arms and new clothes and began transforming his thinking. In the process the son was able to put off the old self and put on the new; one that was loved and accepted back into the fold even with a past that was not pleasing.

I pray the prodigal will have the courage to walk away from their former way of life, friends that have not been helpful, deceitful desires and flawed thinking. May it be a quick transition as they remove the sin stained clothes and welcome the new. I pray they recognize they were created for greater things; things that are righteous and holy.

Ephesians 4:22
________ was taught, with regard to his/her former way of life, to put off his/her old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of his/her mind; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

October 16

Isaiah 40:31 The Message

But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.

If I need more physical strength I usually try to muster it up, take more vitamins, work out, lift some weights, you know, do something! As far as spiritual strength goes, I may try to muster it up also, but, God says we find strength when we wait; wait on Him. Waiting on the Lord includes a quiet expectation that God will fulfill His promises and give us strength to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to live from a place of rest and trust.

I pray the prodigal is learning how to trust God to help them rise and soar, not their own efforts. I pray they learn the skill of waiting on the Lord and in that, find fresh strength.

Isaiah 40:31 The Message

But ________, who waits upon God, gets fresh strength. ________ spreads his/her wings and soars like an eagle, ________ runs and doesn’t get tired, he/she walks and doesn’t lag behind.

October 15

1 Timothy 6:12a NLT

Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…

Christianity is not a passive religion. Paul compares the Christian walk to a fight and encourages us to not only be prepared for the fight but to also take hold of or hold tightly to the prize of eternal life we’ve been promised.

We will always be learning and developing our skill as we fight this good fight. We can even fight from a place of rest when we know who has our back.

I pray the prodigal will learn what it means to have an active faith…one that “holds tightly” to the eternal life they are promised. I pray that they will not back down because they know who God is for them.

1 Timothy 6:12a NLT

Fight the good fight for the true faith, ________. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you…

October 14

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

My prayer for the prodigal is that they will soon be voicing the same requests as David. I pray His unfailing love and great compassion will capture their heart.

Psalm 51:1-2

Have mercy on ________, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out his/her transgressions. Wash away all _________’s iniquity and cleanse him/her from his/her sin.

October 13

2 Kings 17:39

Worship the Lord your God; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.

Disaster fell on Israel when they disobeyed God and allowed idols into their lives. They were then tempted to worship these idols and turned away from God. He had to correct their hearts and thinking with harsh results. We, too can be taken into captivity by the enemy if we aren’t careful to keep our eyes on the Lord, tearing down any idols that are competing with Him in our lives.

Worshiping God lifts us to a place of walking in triumph; we focus on the One who is our creator, redeemer and refuge. Because of it’s power in the life of a believer, worship intimidates the enemy. He desires not only to steal, kill and destroy but to keep the strongest of God’s children from true worship.

I pray the prodigal will learn how to worship, pushing back the darkness the enemy would have engulf them. May they recognize any false idols that are present in their life. I pray they will be delivered from all their enemies because they worship the Lord their God.

2 Kings 17:39

Worship the Lord your God ________; it is He who will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies.

October 12

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Even when on a better path, the prodigal will face trials of varying difficulty and length, that’s just part of life as a child of God. At times, God seems to ask, “do you trust me with this?” Perseverance will teach them how trials can be an opportunity for joy. We really don’t know the depth of our character until we come under pressure. Testing also has a way of maturing us.

I pray that the prodigal is learning to have joy as their faith is tested. May they gain the maturity that comes from persevering through these tough times, lacking nothing.

James 1:2-4

Consider it pure joy, __________, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

October 11

Psalm 119:30-32

I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

If you’ve ever hiked in the mountains along a rocky path you know it’s not wise to run or to veer off the path. The rocks can be loose and slippery and a fall could be at most disastrous and in the least, embarrassing. Life can be much like a rocky mountain path, there are things along our way that can trip us up, even be disastrous if we are not wise in the way we walk.

God has set boundaries for us, through His Word, that smooth the path ahead and give us guidelines for our walk through this life. Freedom is in the boundaries God has set for us. If we live by those boundaries, we can safely run and enjoy this life of freedom in Him!

My prayer for the prodigal is that they have chosen the way of Truth and discovered there is freedom in Christ. The boundaries may be set, but there is an amazing amount of room along His wide path to run and enjoy life.

Psalm 119:30-32

_________ has chosen the way of truth; he/she has set his/her heart on your laws. ________ holds fast to your statutes, O Lord; do not let him/her be put to shame. ________ runs in the path of your commands, for you have set his/her heart free.

October 10

Matthew 16:24-27

If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward each person according to what he has done.

In an “instant” world, it’s hard to delay gratification, let alone totally deny ourselves. The concept of denying ourselves to the point of shouldering a cross and following Christ is a difficult concept in our part of the world. Our “first world” persecutions would be laughable to those who are persecuted regularly for their devotion to Christ. As the days get more evil, I feel certain we will have opportunities to deny ourselves and take up our cross. I pray I am ready and willing.

My prayer for the prodigal is the same. May they walk out of these uncertain and trying times in the pit, totally committed to the cause of Christ. So committed that they would never deny Him but would rather deny themselves. I pray they discover Him worth giving up the world for and in exchange find life.

Matthew 16:24-27

If ________ would come after me, he/she must deny himself and take up his/her cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his/her life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will find it. What good will it be for ________ if he/she gains the whole world, yet forfeits his/her soul? Or what can ________ give in exchange for his/her soul? For the Son of Man is going to come to His Father’s glory with His angels, and then He will reward ________ according to what he/she has done.

October 9

Jeremiah 6:16a NLT

This is what the LORD says: “Stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your souls…”

We will all have times when the road has options. If we look to and learn from how others walked in the past, the tried and true paths that have been successful, we will find rest. There are times God asks us to forge a new path in our personal walk, but it will always be according to His Word, not straying from that tried and true path.

I pray the prodigal will stop at the crossroad they face and not be afraid to ask for help. May they discover that the old, successful way -following Christ- is the best (a proven path) and upon heading that new direction, find peace for their souls.

Jeremiah 6:16a NLT

This is what the LORD says: “________, stop at the crossroads and look around. Ask for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path, and you will find rest for your soul…”